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Why The AR-15?

7 hours ago

After nearly every mass shooting, a few words are repeated over and over: Thoughts. Prayers. AR-15.

How Do You Teach Slavery?

7 hours ago

In 2013, Azie Mira Dungey, an actress working as a re-enactor at Mount Vernon, launched a web series based on the questions she got from tourists. The series, called Ask A Slave featured the host in character as Lizzie Mae, an enslaved handmaiden to George Washington, answering real questions she’d received from tourists.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Feb 16, 2018

One hour — or even 24 hours — might not be enough to wrap up this week’s news.

We’ll get the latest from Florida after a deadly school shooting. There have been the usual calls for thoughts and prayers, but at least one survivor has asked for something more.

On Sunday, April 15, 1990, TV history was made with the debut of the sketch comedy show “In Living Color.”

It was raw. It was offensive. It was hilarious.

But most of all, it was unapologetically black.

#MeToo's Next Step

Feb 13, 2018

In just a few months, the #MeToo movement has affected nearly every major institution and industry. It has led to the resignations or firings of men accused of sexual harassment, assault or misconduct in entertainment, government, the military, the church and various other institutions and fields. And it has had effects outside of the United States.

The Courts Draw The Line For Gerrymandering

Feb 12, 2018

What do fair maps of federal districts look like? In Pennsylvania, lawmakers are arguing with each other and with the courts to figure that out.

Porn And The Teenage Brain

Feb 12, 2018

There is a lot of pornography on the internet. There are a lot of teenagers with smartphones. It seems obvious that teens would watch.

But maybe it isn’t.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Feb 9, 2018

It was a week of ups and downs.

Starting Monday, the Dow fell a lot, then rose a little, then fell, then, well … let’s see where it’s at when the show starts.

Friday News Roundup - International

Feb 9, 2018

In South Africa, they’ve started calling it Zexit: The country’s controversial president, Jacob Zuma, appears close to stepping down.

Meanwhile, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un steps up.

And pressure mounts to save thousands under siege in Syria.


President Trump Takes The Fight To The FBI

Feb 5, 2018

The president’s decision to release that memo takes the hostilities between the White House and the FBI to a new level.

As NPR reports:

About 100,000 Americans have sickle cell disease (formerly known as sickle cell anemia). Most of them are black. And many of them have faced challenges from the health care industry in getting their condition addressed.

Friday News Roundup - International

Feb 2, 2018

President Trump asks Congress to restrict US foreign aid to “America’s friends.”

Kenyans watch their TVs go blank as confusion grows over who is president.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Feb 2, 2018

Why would the president approve the release of a classified document over the objections of the Justice Department?

Why would he not be swayed by an overwhelming majority in Congress to impose sanctions on Russia?

The Bargaining Chip At The Border

Jan 29, 2018

With guest host John Donvan.

It seems President Trump has every intention to make good on his campaign promise to build a wall along the nation’s southern border. And it seems he’s ready to make a deal to do it.

A Crisis In Community Health

Jan 29, 2018

With guest host John Donvan.

For several months, the Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was in limbo. Its budget expired and Congress took no action to reauthorize it. Then, relief came as part of the bill that ended the government shutdown last week.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Jan 26, 2018

President Donald Trump says he’s game for a conversation, under oath, with special counsel Robert Mueller. But will Trump’s lawyers let him talk?

And what was the president’s point in asking acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe about who he voted for in 2016?

#MeToo And The Military

Jan 23, 2018

Retired Colonel Scott Jensen fought in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan during his 27 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He also fought misogyny.

Have We Ever Had It So Good?

Jan 23, 2018

These are good times for the American economy.

Unemployment is down, the stock market is up, and new homes are being built. It’s enough to make the president celebrate.