Live From New Haven: Yale In The Middle Of Whirlwind Over Kavanaugh

Sep 26, 2018

The firestorm in Washington, D.C., over the sexual misconduct charges leveled against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is tearing its way through New Haven too.

Both Kavanaugh and his latest accuser, Deborah Ramirez, attended Yale together in the 1980s. As Ramirez tells it, the lecherous behavior came during a dorm party at the university and was fueled by heavy drinking. 

Her allegations spurred scores of Yale students to step up their protest against Kavanaugh's nomination. Meanwhile, university faculty who previously spoke favorably about the Yale alumnus are being pressured to withdraw their support.

Live this hour from our studio in New Haven, we narrow in on the controversy that has overtaken the Yale community. 

We also examine sexual harassment taking place inside the state Capitol. A newly released survey of state lawmakers, lobbyists, and other workers there finds inappropriate behavior, even unwelcome physical contact, to be somewhat common. Yet most of it, according to survey participants, goes unreported because of the perceived unlikelihood of discipline, particularly if the perpetrator is a legislator.


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