In BackStory’s first history grab bag, Joanne, Brian and Nathan discuss the history behind items in this week’s news. They’ll look at how institutions like government agencies and the press have pushed back against presidents in the past and explore the political uses of satire in American history. They’ll also consider the legacy of Malcolm X, fifty-two years after his death.
President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Mike Flynn, was paid more than $50,000 by Russian companies shortly before he became an adviser to the then-candidate. The Wall Street Journal's Shane Harris joins us from Washington.