This somber week has been punctuated by series of news events – from Monopoly’s Rich Uncle Pennybags showing up at the Equifax hearing, to a last-minute press briefing by the Secretary of State, and the tragic turn that moved some country musicians and Republicans to open their minds on gun control. Now, it appears Republicans might be ready to move forward on a gun control measure, with the blessing of the NRA. Equifax, which compromised the financial data of more than 145 million Americans, might be making money off their credit monitoring services. And Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not quite deny calling President Trump a moron. Jim Braude was joined by former communications director for Governor Patrick’s administration, Jesse Mermell and Boston Herald Columnist and host of “Michael in the Morning” Michael Graham to discuss this week’s news.

The last Confederate War memorial in Massachusetts will be removed in the coming days. The statue, which sits outside Fort Warren on Georges Island, is dedicated to the memory of imprisoned Confederate soldiers. It was boarded up in June, amid a national debate about whether such monuments are appropriate. Officials say the statue will moved over Columbus Day weekend to the state archives at the University of Massachusetts Boston. It will not be publicly displayed. Adam Reilly brought us the full history of the monument in June. 

Lea DeLaria is best known for her role as the salacious and pugnacious Big Boo on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. But in addition to acting, she’s also a comedian, jazz singer, writer, and as she’d tell you, a womanizer. She joins Jim Braude to discuss her career, how Big Boo started a movement and her love of David Bowie.

Jim shares his thoughts on the Russian seduction of the American voter online.