Photo: Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan celebrate at the AK party headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey, April 16, 2017. (Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)
FROM THIS EPISODE
Early Tuesday morning, North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. It blew up shortly after take-off. But North Korea keeps working on a nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. Also, in Turkey, a close vote has given sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey is an important Western ally in the region, but its leader is becoming increasingly authoritarian.
Barbara Demick, Author, "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea" (@BarbaraDemick)
Michael Crowley, Politico (@MichaelCrowley)
Rami Khouri, Daily Star / Harvard's Belfer Center / American University of Beirut (@RamiKhouri)
Los Angeles police officers fatally shot 19 people last year, according to the Guardian. That’s more than any other police department in the country. The Los Angeles Police Commission is expected to approve new rules that require officers to try to defuse encounters before using deadly force.
Tens of thousands of black women and girls go missing every year. Some run away from home, or get sex trafficked, or get murdered. Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle brings attention to this issue with her new exhibition. It’s a collection of 100 portraits inspired by missing black women. It’s on display at the California African American Museum.
Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Artist, "The Evanesced"
Lena Dunham, who once said she was the "voice of a generation," has grown up. The last episode of “Girls” aired last night. We get a critical appraisal of what the show meant for her generation, for women, and for TV.
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Why is it so hard to publish stories critical of powerful men? One of the main reasons the Harvey Weinstein stories didn’t get out sooner was that the Hollywood press couldn’t -- or wouldn’t -- publish them. KCRW’s Kim Masters has a story about another big executive: Amazon’s Roy Price.
Can Kevin de Leon unseat Sen. Dianne Feinstein? California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon announced his challenge to Senator Dianne Feinstein. He is capitalizing on a fury in the state against the president, and painting Feinstein as too accommodating of Trump.
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