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With guest host John Donvan.

“The Americans” is a drama series about a suburban American household in the 1980’s. But there’s a twist: The parents are Soviet agents, and they’re embedded on a mission to steal American secrets.

What Will Change In Cuba After Castro?

23 hours ago

Cuba’s culture is rich. Its economy remains poor. The island’s new president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, has promised to be faithful to the revolution, as millions of Cubans still struggle to make ends meet. Can communism prevail?

Ronan Farrow won a Pulitzer for his reporting on Harvey Weinstein. While he was investigating allegations of sexual harassment against the movie producer, Farrow was also working on a different project: a book about the U.S. Department of State.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Apr 20, 2018

This week was so packed with news, we had to do an extra Roundup in the middle of the week. Now we’re back to talk over the stories we missed and the latest developments. And we have a few more questions.

It’s been a week of James Comey. He’s making the media rounds for his new book … but what have we learned from his hours of interviews?

Sean Hannity is also a client of the president’s attorney … but does it matter to people outside the media bubble?

Friday News Roundup - International

Apr 20, 2018

North Korea without nukes?

Cuba without Castro.

And a queen without a corgi.

We’ll touch down in places around the world with some of the biggest global news stories of the week.


1A Movie Club Sees "Come Sunday"

Apr 19, 2018

Carlton Pearson once led a 5,000-person Pentecostal congregation in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was a revered man of faith and counselor to countless believers.

Then he changed what he was preaching about the afterlife.

Pearson had a revelation that convinced him all people would be saved and that the concept of an eternal hell was not what the Bible prescribed. He lost his congregation over it.

Where To Start With End-Of-Life Decisions

Apr 19, 2018

Long before the media got wind that former First Lady Barbara Bush had decided to end her fight against a terminal illness, she had important conversations with her family and medical providers. End-of-life choices are difficult and often dire. And there is a lot in the way of medicine and technology that can muddy the decision-making process.

Remembering Barbara Bush

Apr 18, 2018

Former First Lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday. She was 92.

After several hospitalizations, Bush opted to begin receiving “comfort care” earlier this week, according to a statement from the family.

The Brave Act Of Casting A Ballot

Apr 18, 2018

Voter suppression is a very real problem in the U.S. According to the Brennan Center For Justice at New York University, “lawmakers in eight states have introduced at least 16 bills making it harder to vote, and 35 restrictive bills in 14 states have carried over from previous legislative sessions.

Since its premiere in 1969, Sesame Street has been at the forefront of socially conscious children’s television. The show was inclusive by design and unafraid to tackle difficult subjects. It’s since grown into a global empire with local productions in more than 20 countries, and it hasn’t lost its conscience.

The Problem Of Prisons

Apr 17, 2018

On Sunday night, a fight broke out at the Lee Correctional Facility in South Carolina. Nearly eight hours later, the incident was over, and seven inmates were dead.

Activists Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms have noticed that as the world changes, the idea of power is shifting. They argue that the forces behind this shift are either “wildly romanticized or dangerously underestimated.”

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

Where might you find a city that uses only renewable energy?

Try Georgetown, Texas — a red town in a red state that’s going green.

Georgetown’s power company is owned by the city. And that allowed Mayor Dale Ross, who is described as “something of a libertarian at heart,” to make the move away from fossil fuels.

As Smithsonian Magazine reports:

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Apr 13, 2018

Congress had a high-profile visitor this week. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before lawmakers about how his company plans to protect user data in the future. The question remains: can the social network do it without a regulatory assist?

The first components of the International Space Station went into space 20 years ago. Two years later, the first crew arrived. The station has been occupied ever since, hosting nearly 60 expeditions of astronauts from around the world (but not from China).

We talked to two of them.

Washington, D.C. was the first majority-black city in the U.S. and it stayed that way for decades, from 1970 to 2015. Now the African-American population in the nation’s capital is somewhere around 48 percent, according to the latest Census data.

Is Taking No Action An Option In Syria?

Apr 11, 2018

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump was reportedly planning to withdraw troops from Syria. But after an alleged chemical weapons attack in the country, the president isn’t considering whether to act in Syria, but how to act.

Fake news on Facebook didn’t start with the 2016 election. Nearly a decade ago, users posted dire warnings that the network was about to start charging users.

It wasn’t true. But would it have been so bad?

Instead of charging users, Facebook made its money by selling ads targeted to them. It enforces the old saying about the web that if you aren’t a customer, then you’re the product.

Top Trump Trade Adviser Touts Tariffs

Apr 10, 2018

There is no trade war between the U.S. and China — yet — but many folks, from American farmers to investors, are worried about what response U.S. tariffs on imports will trigger.

Peter Navarro isn’t concerned.