Ep 619: Ivy Meeropol • Marco Williams

Ivy Meeropol (“Indian Point”, “Heir to an Execution”) returns to the podcast to discuss her new documentary, “Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn” which is currently available on all the HBO platforms. Ivy’s film is an unflinching look at the infamous attorney who prosecuted Ivy Meeropol’s grandparents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and later argued persuasively for their execution in what became known as the “atomic spies” case. The film examines Cohn’s life as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy in the late 1950s and then through the 1980s when he became a darling of the Reagan White House, a rabid anti-homosexuality activist and political mentor to Donald J. Trump before dying from AIDS in 1986. Also, a cameo by Ivy’s Dad, Michael Meeropol.

Making his first appearance on the podcast is Marco Williams (“The Two Towns of Jasper”, “In Search of Our Fathers”). Marco discusses his feelings about the current #BLM protests, teaching ethics while teaching filmmaking to his students at Northwestern University, as well as what he has coming in the pipeline.