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OFF-KILTER with Rebecca Vallas

Jan 5, 2018

“Welfare reform”, infrastructure, bye-bye legal pot, and if no one takes Trump’s phone away from him, maybe nuclear war? To help unpack what’s on deck for 2018 (that we know of so far), Rebecca talks with Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and former chief economist to Vice President Joe Biden. Next, questions about President Donald Trump’s mental health hit a fever pitch this week, following his tweets about the size and potency of his nuclear button. Such questions are of course nothing new; throughout the campaign and Trump’s first year in office, news articles, op-eds, and tweets critical of him have routinely deployed words such as “crazy,” “insane,” and “unstable” as epithets against the man. Rebecca talks with Rebecca Cokley, a senior fellow for disability policy at the Center for American Progress, about the implications of armchair diagnosis – and of the use of mental health language in such critiques -- when it comes to how our society views mental illness?