11/10/17: FSU Greek Life Suspended, State Capitol Sexual Harassment, Dan Rather On Unity

Nov 10, 2017

Fraternities and sororities have been put on pause in Tallahassee.  Meanwhile, the state capitol is confronting a culture of sexual harassment and Dan Rather joins us to discuss unity and patriotism in a time of division.


Fraternities Suspended Indefinitely At FSU

Florida State University president John Thrasher announced this week a halt to Greek life at FSU.

The Board of Governors approved a motion to support Thrasher’s decision and to encourage other university presidents to notify all student organizations that the board is watching.

Joe Reedy covers FSU and Florida government for the Associated Press. He joined us to discuss what it all means along with John Hechinger of Bloomberg News and the author of "True Gentlemen: The Broken Pledge of America’s Fraternities."

State Capitol Confronts Sexual Harassment

In the week since Republican State Senator Jack Latvala has been anonymously accused of sexual harassment and groping by six women, he has canceled several public appearances in his campaign for governor.  He has also stepped down under pressure from his position as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.

The Senate also launched an investigation into the claims.

To look at the wider question of whether there is a toxic culture of behavior among lawmakers we were joined by Rep. Kristin Jacobs, who represents part of Broward County  and Steve Bousquet, who is the Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee bureau chief.

Dan Rather Talks About Unity And Patriotism

Former CBS News Dan Rather joined us with a look inside his new book, co-written with journalist Eliot Kirschner, “What Unites Us:  Reflections On Patriotism.”

After decades in broadcasting, Rather has found a brand new following online with millions of social media followers tracking his posts about the state of the nation. Now, Rather is out with a new collection of original essays reminding us of the principles upon which the United States was founded.