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Friday News Roundup - International

Jun 23, 2017

America’s relationship with North Korea worsens after 22-year-old Otto Warmbier’s return home in a coma. He died shortly after. The President has called Warmbier’s death “a disgrace.” What now? Also, the latest attack on London and Saudi Arabia’s King rewrites the rules on succession.


Tom Bowman, Pentagon correspondent, NPR.

Michael Goldfarb, Host of the First Rough Draft of History Podcast

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Jun 23, 2017

For all the talk this week, one group has been unusually quiet: the National Rifle Association. We’ll discuss why gun owners in particular have concerns surrounding the death of Philando Castile and why some want the NRA to speak out. Plus, back room dealing on healthcare, and is the President’s front man moving on?


Maria Hinojosa, Anchor and executive producer of NPR’s Latino USA

Laura Meckler, Staff writer, The Wall Street Journal

Shawna Thomas, Washington bureau chief, Vice News

The documentary, “Abacus: Small Enough To Jail,” tells the story of a family-owned bank in New York’s Chinatown — the only U.S. institution to face criminal fraud charges in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis.

How did a little-known bank come to take the fall for a financial nightmare that so many multi-billion dollar corporations played a role in? And what can the Abacus case teach us about how American consumers are prioritized and protected by the federal government?


The Dollars Went Down To Georgia...

Jun 21, 2017

An estimated $55 million has been spent to fund candidates on both sides of Georgia’s special congressional election Tuesday. Most of the money came from outside the state. Are local elections really local anymore?


Greg Bluestein, Political reporter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alan Abramowitz, Professor of political science, Emory University

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From “Moana” to “Beauty and the Beast” and “Zootopia,” new Disney films for children are becoming more inclusive, and they’re questioning racial and gender stereotypes.

Between 2016 and 2018, about 24 percent of the studio’s live-action releases will feature ethnic minority leads, Disney says.

Last year alone, more Americans died from a drug overdose than were lost fighting the war in Vietnam.

Opioids, including pain medicines, are turning some cities into mass casualty zones.

President Trump promised to “dramatically expand access to treatment.”

So what’s been done? And what should we do?


Lenny Bernstein, Health and medicine reporter, The Washington Post

This year’s annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention got heated over a resolution that demanded the official denouncement of white nationalism and the alt-right. The resolution was put forward but not actively considered until outcry picked up, and a revised resolution was ultimately accepted.

So…How's The Resistance?

Jun 19, 2017

After the inauguration of President Donald Trump, many Democrats adopted a new mantra: “Resist.” The word appeared on signs waved in massive marches in cities across the country, Greenpeace put it on a giant banner outside the White House, Congressional phone

Friday News Roundup - International

Jun 16, 2017

North Korea releases an imprisoned American college student and sends him home – in a coma. Thousands turn out in cities across Russia to protest Putin’s rule. And President Trump gives Defense Secretary Mattis the authority to send more troops to Afghanistan. A panel of journalists joins Joshua Johnson for analysis of the week’s top international news stories.


Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Jun 16, 2017

President Trump lashes out on Twitter, calling the Justice Department’s Russia probe “the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history.” Lawmakers decide to play ball, vowing not to let a gunman’s attack on Republicans at a practice stop the bipartisan charity game. And five Michigan officials are charged in the Flint water crisis. A panel of journalists joins Joshua Johnson for analysis of the week’s top national news stories.


Jeff Mason, White House correspondent, Reuters

How To Sell Things And Influence People

Jun 14, 2017

Social media has changed the way we interact with a lot of things: television, dating and, of course, advertising.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions started his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee by calling any suggestion that he colluded with Russians during the election a “detestable” lie.

What's Next For Health Care In The Senate?

Jun 13, 2017

News broke Monday evening that Senate Republicans were apparently working on a repeal to the Affordable Care Act without plans to share drafts of it with other lawmakers or the public. The bill is expected to be sent to the Congressional Budget Office for scoring soon, and a vote before July 4 has been promised.

The secrecy and fast-tracking has angered many Democrats, who want more say and sunlight in the process.


Conservative critics are attacking a production of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” that’s running in New York. The basics of the play are the same as they’ve been since 1599 — the title character is deemed “ambitious” and is murdered in the Roman Senate on the Ides of March. But that’s not what has drawn controversy to the latest production.

The 51st State?

Jun 13, 2017

Puerto Ricans are American citizens, without all the benefits of folks from the mainland. The island recently voted in favor of lobbying the U.S. government for statehood, though less than a third of the population cast ballots.

The U.S. territory faces a crushing debt, one that would be easier to resolve if it was a state. So why the low turnout? And should America treat Puerto Rico like a state, or a colony?


By 2025, two million jobs will be unfilled because U.S. companies won’t be able to find the skilled labor they need. Many of these jobs provide a middle-class salary — some pay six figures annually — and don’t require a four-year-degree.

Friday News Roundup - International

Jun 9, 2017

The Islamic State says it was behind attacks in Iran, after attacking London. President Trump picks a fight with London’s mayor just before Britain’s snap election. And Qatar’s neighbors in the Gulf turn unexpectedly hostile.

These and more of the week’s top international news stories are on the Friday News Roundup.


Andrew Taylor, Professor of political science, North Carolina State University

Bruce Lawrence, Author, “The Koran in English: A Biography”; professor emeritus of Religion, Duke University

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Jun 9, 2017

The testimony of fired FBI Director James Comey to the Senate Intelligence Committee dominated the news this week, even before it happened.

Some cities had watch parties. Plenty of others went on with life as normal. And Washington held its breath.

The consequences of Comey — part of this week’s Friday News Roundup in front of a live audience in Chapel Hill, N.C.


According to the latest Pew Research data, college graduation rates are up for Americans in nearly every racial and ethnic group.

Last year, former President Barack Obama spoke about how crucial this is for the U.S. economy.

How Alan Alda Makes Science Understandable

Jun 7, 2017

Have you ever struggled with getting a basic point across to a friend or colleague? Communication isn’t simple, especially when you’re trying to express complex ideas.

Alan Alda, the actor, New York Times best-selling author and longtime host of of PBS’ “Scientific American Frontiers” has spent hours trying to bridge the communications gap with scientists, physicists, neuroscientists and academics.