Photo: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at a briefing on leaks of classified material threatening national security at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., August 4, 2017. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)
FROM THIS EPISODE
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Department of Justice is open for business when it comes to ferreting out leakers, and he says he may also go after the press. We talk about that and his push to change the way prosecutors across the country operate. He’s instructed them to accept fewer plea deals and go for maximum sentences.
The Cal State university system announced it will no longer require incoming freshmen with poor math and english skills to take remedial courses. It’s an effort to boost graduation rates. But will that mean lowering standards?
Our film critics discuss “Detroit,” which centers on the Detroit riots of summer 1967 the Algiers Motel incident that left three black men killed; “The Dark Tower,” adapted from the series by Stephen King and starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey; and “Kidnap,” an action flick with a female lead.
Brian Tyree Henry plays the rapper Paper Boi on FX’s “Atlanta.” He got an Emmy nomination for his appearance on NBC’s “This Is Us.” He was also part of the original cast of “Book of Mormon” on Broadway.
Brian Tyree Henry is one of the stars of the critically acclaimed
show "Atlanta.” (Photo by Deborah Lopez)
Brian Tyree Henry, actor in FX’s “Atlanta”
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