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After the accusations against film industry executive Harvey Weinstein came to light, many more women and men have shared their stories of how sexual harassment and assault have impacted their lives.

The Environmental Protection Agency employs more than fifteen thousand workers and spends eight billion dollars a year. The Trump administration thinks the EPA is too big and doing too much.

The agency’s new leader, Scott Pruitt, has been undoing much of President Obama’s legacy on climate change, refocusing the EPA on a more conservative agenda.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Oct 13, 2017

The biggest news stories this week included President Trump questioning news networks’ broadcasting licenses, proposing an IQ test for him and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and escalatingd his feud with Senator Bob Corker, but there was some movement on actual policy and governance.

Friday News Roundup - International

Oct 13, 2017

Will he or won’t he?

The clock is ticking on President Trump’s decision on the Iran nuclear deal. Can the world hold on to the agreement if the U.S. president lets go?

And what about peace in the Middle East, now that rival Palestinians are trying to mend fences?

On Fire, Out West

Oct 12, 2017

Wildfires continue to spread in the western United States, blazing through nearly every state west of the Rockies and leaving at least 17 people dead in California.

China: How A Superpower Sets Its Agenda

Oct 12, 2017

It’s an event that comes around every five years, and it sets the stage for political leadership of the world’s most populous country.

The national congress of China’s Communist Party will convene on October 18, 2017 in Beijing. Chinese president Xi Jinping is likely to secure another five-year term, but there are questions about changing party policies.

Rethinking Rx

Oct 11, 2017

One thing often gets left out of the continued debate over healthcare: the care part.

As Congress weighs how best to insure Americans, some doctors are placing renewed focus on better medical treatment by connecting the dots between what happens in the exam room and America’s growing problem with addiction to prescription pain medicine.

A panel of physicians join us to discuss inefficient exams, malpractice and why pain can be a good thing.


Russia’s President turned 65 last week, but Vladimir Putin is not the retiring type. His term in office ends next year, but he’s widely expected to seek re-election and many expect he’ll win another six-year term.

Whilst President Putin was celebrating his birthday, Russian investigators raided the homes of at least five people working for Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an exiled oligarch who at one time owned the country’s biggest oil producer — Yukos.

In 1973, CBS reporter Daniel Schorr read a freshly obtained copy of President Richard Nixon’s “enemies list” on air, and found his own name on it.

Now, reporters don’t have to dig at all to know what the president thinks of them.

Putting A Stop To Workplace Harassment

Oct 10, 2017

Harvey Weinstein was one the most powerful men in Hollywood until his history of abuses — decades of unwanted sexual advances toward women — came to light. Weinstein’s behavior was so pervasive among staff that women would double up for protection when they had to go see him.

It’s hard to fight for a cause if it can’t be discussed above a whisper. But a growing number of activists are speaking out loud in favor of what’s being called menstrual equity.

On any given day, more than 800 million girls and women around the world are menstruating. And for many of them, in the U.S. and elsewhere, it’s a problem — sometimes with life-or-death consequences.

Columbus Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1937, sparking a controversy that’s lasted 80 years.

Critics of the day say there’s no reason to celebrate Christopher Columbus, a man whose legend is built on “discovering” a land where people already lived. Some have also called for the second Monday in October to focus more on Native Americans and their mistreatment by European colonists.

Do Guns Really Make Us Safer?

Oct 9, 2017

After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, stocks were hot. Shares in some gun companies jumped, and bump stocks — which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire faster — are selling more briskly at some gun shops.

Friday News Roundup - International

Oct 6, 2017

As Rex Tillerson works diplomatic channels on the North Korea crisis, the president tweets that his secretary of state is “wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man.”

The worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history prompts a global response. World leaders send their condolences and many again ask why the U.S. cannot seem to do anything to resolve its gun violence problem. Australia offers to help and says it is time for America to “get real.”

What’s at stake for American credibility overseas?

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Oct 6, 2017

President Trump visits San Juan two weeks after Hurricane Maria. He then flies to Las Vegas days after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Investigators continue their search for a motive as the nation mourns the deaths of 58 people shot by a lone Nevada gunman.

Public comments by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to affirm his support for the president seem to highlight tensions between them.

Congress grills the former CEO of Equifax over a massive data breach. And Yahoo! discloses an even bigger breach, affecting 3 billion users.

The Living Wounded

Oct 4, 2017

In the days to come, the victims whose lives were taken in the Las Vegas shooting massacre will be honored and remembered. But many who survived the tragedy with serious injuries are just coming to terms with difficult days ahead.

The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson

Oct 4, 2017

Transgender people often endure disproportionate violence simply for their gender identity.

Imagine being an out, trans activist … in the 1960s.

“A new book from [Ta-Nehisi] Coates is not merely a literary event. It’s a launch from Cape Canaveral,” writes Jennifer Senior in the New York Times.

Prepare for liftoff.

Coates’ new book, “We Were Eight Years In Power,” collects essays he published during the Obama administration and appends them with new writing and reflections.

The Cardi B Conundrum

Oct 2, 2017

If you don’t know who Cardi B is, you’d better catch up quick.

The rapper’s hit single “Bodak Yellow” recently peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and made history. Cardi B is the first female hip-hop artist to top the chart since 1998. There have only been four other female rappers to do so.

The Supreme Court’s next term is underway, putting all three branches of the federal government to work for the fall.

One of the most-anticipated cases is a review of partisan gerrymandering, which could bring major changes to the art of politicking across the country.

But the court calendar is crowded with other cases, too. We’ll discuss the ones to watch and how new precedents might be established.