Is Trump Channeling Nixon in Firing the FBI Director?

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode undefined

  • May 10, 2017 11:00 pm
  • 24:09 mins

Guests: Michael Barber, Professor of Political Science, BYU; Brigham Daniels, Professor of Law, BYU President Trump says he fired the FBI director in response to the Attorney General’s recommendation that a “fresh start” is needed at the FBI. A memo, justifying the firing, points to Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation. The White House insists the dismissal had nothing to do with the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election and possible Trump campaign ties to Russia.

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Guest: Deborah Tannen, PhD, Professor of Linguistics, Georgetown University, author of “You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendship” You know when you text someone a request, and they reply “sure”? No exclamation point, no smiling emoji, not even a capital “S.” Are they happy to help you out, but in a hurry and can’t take long to text, as in and energetic, “Sure!” or are they just saying “sure,” voice down, because they can’t think of a way to say no?  The way words are said can matter as much as the words themselves. Digital communication is fraught with opportunities to send or receive the wrong message. But so is face-to-face conversation. Linguist Deborah Tannen studies the messages behind our messages.