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Donald Trump isn't "crazy" — but America might be having a breakdown
Allen Frances doesn’t think Donald Trump is "crazy." This is not comforting news.
Last winter, the former the chair of the DSM-IV Task Force and the department of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine wrote a widely circulated letter to the New York Times affirming that as the man who “wrote the criteria” that define narcissistic personality disorder, Trump doesn’t seem to be suffering from it. Instead, as he suggests in his new book, he’s just “a bad person.” Which is worse.
In his new book, “Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump,” Frances suggests that it’s America that’s the psychologically distressed party here — and offers his insights on what it takes to become “rational again.” In this episode, Frances speaks with Salon's Mary Elizabeth Williams about why we make bad choices, and how the best results can come from the worst crises.
"They came for the nerd girls first": The price of ignoring Gamergate
Feminist writers and writers of color experienced extreme online harassment during the years leading up to the 2016 election, when the so-called alt-right then turned its efforts to supporting Donald Trump's campaign for the presidency. Writer Laurie Penny, author of the new book of essays "Bitch Doctrine," and Salon's Amanda Marcotte discuss why the pushback to identity politics on the left is misguided, the surge of the so-called alt-right, and why online harassment against feminists and people of color should have been taken seriously from the start.
Why Trump voters will stand by their man
The mainstream media has an ongoing obsession with trying to find remorseful Donald Trump voters. Salon's Amanda Marcotte talks to psychologist Carol Tavris, author of "Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)," about why we're unlikely to experience mass Trump regret any time soon.
Can video games promote empathy?
Can playing a video game teach someone what it's like to live in poverty, or as a transgender woman? Or is that outside of the scope of a game? Salon's Matt Smith and Austin Walker, editor in chief of Vice's Waypoint, debate the limits of art and agency and whether or not video games can make us feel like we understand someone else's life.
The case for Donald Trump's impeachment
American University professor Allan Lichtman has correctly predicted the outcomes of every U.S. presidential election since 1984 — including Donald Trump's. Now, he's predicting Trump will be impeached. Salon's Matthew Rozsa speaks with Lichtman about the history and purpose of impeachment, why Trump fits the bill, and what could happen next.
Abortion on TV: No longer for Very Special Episodes
Although abortion has been legal in the United States since 1973, TV — both scripted and reality — all but ignored the issue for decades. Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams talks to sociologist Gretchen Sisson, one of the directors of the Abortion Onscreen Project, about the evolution of abortion on TV, from "Maude" to "Jane the Virgin" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."