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Friday, January 20

Do Protests Matter?


Is marching an effective way to express dissatisfaction? What about tweeting? As many Americans are concerned over the legitimacy of President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, voters and politicians alike are using different tactics of protest to voice their discontent. Many elected officials have decided not to attend President-elect Trump’s inauguration on Friday, and the following day, the Women’s March on Washington is expected to attract 200,000 protestors. In this hour, Marty talks with U.S. Representative BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN about why she won’t attend and about her alternative plans. Then, TODD GITLIN, professor of journalism and sociology and chair of the Ph. D. program in Communications at Columbia University, breaks down the ways in which people protest, how effective are protests and how they’ve changed over the years. Also joining, THOMAS WRIGHT, professor Strategic Communication at Temple University, who is teaching students to become more active in civic life.

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Hollywood vs. Trump; first, Chelsea Manning

Guests: Dan Ozzi, Joe Concha, David James Jackson

Presidential inaugurations have a long tradition of bringing some of the entertainment industry’s top talents to celebrate the swearing in of a new president.  And despite his claims that he is not interested in having A-listers perform at the event, Trump’s inaugural committee has been working hard to find top-tier talent to perform – and to little avail.  Today on the show, we’ll talk about Hollywood’s relationship with the new president.  And, we’ll look at how celebrity endorsements effect politics, as Hillary Clinton’s star-studded Democratic National Convention proved ineffective in getting her elected President. We’re joined by VICE’s DAN OZZI and JOE CONCHA from The Hill.  And, we’ll hear from DAVID JAMES JACKSON, professor of political science at Bowling Green State University who studies celebrity political endorsements. But first, President Obama commuted Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence this week.  The former Army intelligence analyst was convicted of leaking classified material to WikiLeaks.  Marty talks with JOSH GERSTEIN, White House reporter for Politico about Obama’s decision.

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