Roy Cohn is the notorious closeted mummy's boy responsible for the Red and Lavender Scares AND potentially the Trump presidency. But why did he use his powers for evil? What was his secret life? And how did he create a president from the grave? To talk us through the walking contradiction that is Roy, we’ve got director of the documentary ‘Where’s my Roy Cohn’, Matt Tyrnauer.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nick, Dyl and pat chat about the lack of courage at Musso and Frank's Grill, tourists and their lack of decency, a eulogy for a good man who used to do a lot of drugs, homeless alertness, hot dogs and the evil bitch that is Roy Cohn. This is actually our 20th episode! The rest are available at https://patreon.com/anotherpodcastnetwork , along with our coverage of Below Deck Sailing and Real Housewives of New York! We'll have one free episode and one Patreon episode every week!
Plague, abandonment and Roy Cohn in Angels in America
You Are Good
Angels in America is about plague in the Reagan 80s but could it be possible that there are some daddy issues to dissect in a work about a people abandoned by God? Join Sarah, Alex and Emma as they talk Angels, Roy Cohn and Cohn protege young Donald Trump. We watched the Mike Nichols adaptation of Tony Kushner’s 1991 play about AIDS and homosexuality in the 1980s. Big, big dad themes. It follows the lives of two couples, one gay and one straight-ish. Louis and Prior are our gay couple, and Louis leaves Prior after he is diagnosed with AIDS. And it follows the lives of Joe and Harper Pitt, and Joe’s mom Hannah. They are Mormons having relocated to New York for Joe’s career, and Joe, it turns out, is closeted. Joe works at the law office of Roy Cohn, the McCarthyist lawyer and power broker—also closeted—and we see Cohn struggle through his diagnosis and reconciling his own mortality. Our conversation focuses primarily on Louis, who leaves Prior in the face of his diagnosis, and Cohn, who we wanted to talk about because Donald Trump was, for a brief period anyway, a Cohn protege and really it seems like as character, morality and philosophy go, he made quite an impact on a young Trump. We will also mention Belize, a gay man who is friends with Louis and Prior, and comes to find himself in the often awkward position of being Roy Cohn’s nurse. He is played deliciously by Jeffrey Wright.
Episode 2.1: Roy Cohn: His Life, Misdeeds, and Inescapable Legacy
The Andrea Mitchell Center Podcast
Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. In her discussion with political scientist Matthew Berkman, documentarian IVY MEEROPOL describes the stories she was obliged to cut from her 2019 HBO film, Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn, for lack of definitive proof. This included a quickly buried investigation in the 1980s into Cohn’s involvement in the Jeffrey-Epstein style trafficking of minors. Meeropol also pursued a lead suggesting that a statement by one of his acquaintances, that “Roy could have you killed,” was not at all figurative. Cohn appeared in Meeropol’s own family story as the prosecutor who framed her grandmother, Ethel Rosenberg, and then urged that she be executed. He went on to assist Joe McCarthy in his anti-Communist witch hunt, and then to become a Republican power broker whose influence rested on favors, threats, media savvy, and connections. It was Cohn’s support that paved Donald Trump’s entry into political life. While many have simply declared him evil, however, Meeropol never loses sight of the ways his actions were motivated by self-protection in a society deeply hostile to gay men.