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The Nose: Cosby, Nichols, Peter Pan and Family

Scott King
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Bill Cosby.

You've probably heard, seen and read a lot about Bill Cosby this week, but I think today's Nose panel tears into the topic in some interesting ways. I hope you'll listen and maybe even comment down below. Later in this show, you'll hear us talk about Mike Nichols,a disagreement about how many people can live as a familyin a one-family house, and whether Allison Williams can forbid us fromlive tweeting her live NBC appearance as PeterPan.

Watching the horrible Bill Cosby saga unfold this week, it was hard not to think there is something you might call celebrity privilege.  True, he has been convicted in no court but he's also been given a pass by us, the media, for many years on something that should have been thrashed out one way or another.

As the great writer Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote this week, it's not a matter of his word against somebody else's. It's a matter of his word against fifteen women telling more or less the same story spread out over thirty years.

Giving Cosby the benefit of every doubt --  I mean, he wouldn't be the first black man falsely accused of assaulting white women -- it's nonetheless amazing and appalling to see the way this story lives in a weird media limbo. At least, it did for decades. 

What did the panel endorse? This movie coming to Trinity Cinestudio (James).  Reading this bookbefore the movie "Wild" comes out (TC). Speaking of wild, an upcomingWildweeds reunion (Jim). The addictive podcast Serialalong with some of the criticisms of it for missing ethnic cues, for not being hardnosed crime reporting and for being unfair to the victim's family

What do you think? Comment below, email Colin@wnpr.org, or tweet @wnprcolin.



Colin McEnroe is a radio host, newspaper columnist, magazine writer, author, playwright, lecturer, moderator, college instructor and occasional singer. Colin can be reached at colin@ctpublic.org.

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