WXXI AM News

Donald Trump

Political analyst and author Andrew Sullivan says it's time to demand a psychiatric evaluation of President Trump. Sullivan says Trump refuses to recognize reality or accept basic facts, and it's putting the country in danger.

But is it wise to psychoanalyze someone -- even the president -- from afar? Is it possible? Sullivan's not the only one who's made such comments.

We talk about what we know (and don't know) about the president, along with whether we tend to armchair-psychoanalyze people in our own lives. Our guest:

  • Eric Caine, chair of the department of psychiatry at the University of Rochester

Jon Haliniak / WXXI

President Trump tweets a lot. With tens of millions of followers on Twitter, Trump proposes policy, shares his latest actions and reacts to the news. But 140 characters rarely gives the full context. Here, we attempt to do just that for key tweets.

Loading...

President Donald Trump makes his first address to congress on Tuesday at 9 p.m. WXXI News brings you coverage of the address on-air, online, and on your device. Here's where you can watch, listen, or stream the address:

TV: WXXI (cable 11/OTA 21.1)

Radio: AM 1370

Video Stream: Here on WXXINews.org just before 9 p.m.

It seems President Trump does not know much, if anything, about Frederick Douglass. We have some questions.

First of all, African Americans have suffered erasure and exclusion in many ways; does the President's ignorance have an impact? Second, it's Frederick Douglass. What exactly are we teaching in schools, and what should we be teaching? How can Trump have such limited knowledge of Douglass? Third, Trump promised during the campaign to offer real outreach to communities of color. What would that look like, in practice?

Many Americans remain hopeful that Trump will bring positive changes. What could those be? Our guests:

Last May, RIT journalism professor Andrea Hickerson spent two weeks in Iraqi Kurdistan as part of a human rights delegation. This week, she published an op-ed explaining how that trip enhanced her view of the role of oil.

Specifically, Hickerson says the trip has offered perspective on Donald Trump's choice of Rex Tillerson to lead the State Department. Tillerson is the CEO of ExxonMobile, a company that Hickerson says "has abdicated and exploited villages in Iraqi Kurdistan." Trump himself said of Tillerson, at a D.C. dinner last night, "He's led this charmed life. He goes into a country, takes the oil."

We talk to Hickerson about what she saw on the ground, and how she feels the news media can better cover this issue.

WXXI News, in concert with NPR News and PBS NewsHour, will provide coverage of Donald Trump’s inauguration on-air and online. Here’s a complete rundown of our coverage:

Television

PBS NewsHour Coverage on WXXI-TV (cable channel 11/OTA 21.1) 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

PBS NewsHour extended coverage on WXXI-WORLD (cable channel 1275/OTA 21.2) 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Radio

NPR News coverage on WXXI-AM  1370 and WEOS-FM 89.5 (Geneva) 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Streaming video

Did BuzzFeed make a mistake by publishing the entire dossier of unverified links between Donald Trump and Russia? Editor-in-chief Ben Smith says no; he errs on the side of sunlight, and he views BuzzFeed as part of a new kind of media paradigm. But traditional journalists have said it was a reckless decision, a mistake.

Our panel debates the decision, and the future of disseminating information. In studio:

  • Tianna Manon, editor-in-chief of Open Mic Rochester
  • David Riley, former government reporter for the Democrat & Chronicle
  • Jack Rosenberry, journalism professor at St. John Fisher College
  • Jim Memmott, journalist with the Democrat & Chronicle and professor at the University of Rochester

Robert F Kennedy, Jr. has become one of the leading opponents of vaccines in the country, and he met with Donald Trump this week. Kennedy emerged from the meeting and declared that Trump was putting him in charge of a commission on "vaccine safety and scientific integrity." Trump himself has said and tweeted many things about vaccines that are flat-out wrong. And even the Cleveland Clinic is backtracking after one of its doctors used the Cleveland Clinic platform to publish an anti-vaccine screed. The LA Times declared that Trump and the Cleveland Clinic are moving "vaccine anti-science back into the mainstream."

What can be done? We'll examine the research that indicates the best and worst ways to break through to parents who are resisting science on vaccines. Our guests:

  • Brendan Nyhan, New York Times contributor and political science professor at Dartmouth
  • Dr. Sharon Humiston, professor of pediatrics at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City Missouri
  • Dr. Mario Elia, family physician in Ontario, Canada

WRVO Public Media

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating a news conference with President-elect Donald Trump, expected at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. We will be fact-checking and providing background to his remarks in real-time. We will be paying special attention to any comments about conflicts of interest, health care and national security.

Loading...

Have you ever found yourself arguing with someone who clearly is in over their head, but just can't see it? Or have you ever realized that you're not nearly as skilled at something as you once thought you were?

There's something to explain this phenomenon: the Dunning-Kruger Effect. It explains how someone can read a single article and then profess to know everything there is to know about the American health care system. Or how someone who is a truly awful singer can go before the American Idol judges and think they're great, while laying an egg.

Our guest is the man who helped coin the phrase: 

  • David Dunning, professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, and professor emeritus of psychology at Cornell University

Pages