Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty And Manafort’s Been Lying
After 18 months of intrigue, interviews and indictments, the slow and steady drip of information coming out of the Russia investigation is now more like a flood. Michael Cohen pled guilty Thursday morning in federal court to lying to Congress in its Russia investigation. He admitted that negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow actually went on well into Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, and that he discussed the project with Trump on more than three occasions — a claim the president responded to by calling him a “weak person.”

We also learned this week that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been feeding information to Trump's attorneys — including what the special counsel asked about during interviews, according to the New York Times — despite his plea deal with Robert Mueller. That plea deal has since fallen apart, after Mueller says Manafort lied to his agents. To explain these latest developments and more, Jim Braude was joined by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post national security reporter Greg Miller, who recently published "The Apprentice: Trump, Russia, and the Subversion of the American Democracy.”

Re-airing of a Greater Boston segment from April 2018:
The filmmakers behind a 2017 documentary about Roger Stone, an ally and ex-adviser to Donald Trump during his rise to the presidency, have said he was actively trying to meet with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and wanted them to record their meeting if one were to ever take place. The Netflix documentary, directed by Morgan Pehme, Dylan Bank and Daniel DiMauro, chronicles Stone’s life and rise in the political world, as well as his involvement with the campaign of President Donald Trump.

Just this week, the Washington Post reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking intently into late-night phone calls between Stone and President Trump to ascertain whether Stone served as a link in 2016 between the Republican candidate and WikiLeaks as that group published hacked Democratic emails. That development builds on earlier reports from the spring, when the Wall Street Journal reported that Mueller was looking into an e-mail Stone sent in 2016 claiming he had dinner with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Stone says the e-mail was sent as a joke.

Trigger Warnings In The Theatre
Trigger warnings have been a staple on college campuses for years now, advising students that classroom content might be in some way disturbing or upsetting. Now some theatres are using trigger warnings to give audience members advanced notice about potentially upsetting material. While some scoff at the practice, others say the warnings are essential to protect victims of trauma. Jim Braude was joined by WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen and Gail Dines, president and CEO of the anti-porn organization Culture Reframed and professor emerita at Wheelock College.

IMHO: It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Halloween – Er, Christmas
Jim Braude on Melania’s creepy Christmas display in the White House.