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A suspect connected with bombings in the New York area this weekend has been captured in Linden, New Jersey. Twenty-eight year old Ahmed Kahn Rahami was shot and two police officers were wounded in a shootout. We get an update on what we know and don’t know about Rahami.

Then, events like the recent shootout and bombings have had many of us glued to our screens. In fact, there’s always something online to capture our attention – but at what cost? Author and internet pioneer Andrew Sullivan says it’s the ultimate cost: being human.

Next, California Governor Gray Davis signed a law in 1999 that ensures state employees are entitled to the kind of pensions most of us can only dream about. Proponents of the bill said it wouldn’t cost taxpayers a penny, but it turns out those pensions will cost California taxpayers $5.4 billion this year alone.

And finally, photographer Anthony Hernandez captures poetry in an environment that most people would consider urban blight. Photographs from his more than 45-year career will be on display at SFMOMA beginning September 24.

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Sarah Sweeney

Suspect linked to NYC area bombs detained after shootout 6 MIN, 56 SEC


The suspect connected with bombings in the New York City area this weekend has been captured in Linden, New Jersey after a shootout with police. Twenty-eight year old Ahmed Kahn Rahami was shot by police, according to Union County Acting Prosecutor Grace Park. Two police officers were also wounded. The first bomb connected to Rahami exploded in a garbage can in Seaside Park, New Jersey near a Marine Corps charity run on Saturday. Later that evening, a bomb exploded in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, wounding 29 people. Several other bombs connected to Rahami were found both in New York City and New Jersey.  

Guests:
Dan Good, Editor (@Dgood73)

Andrew Sullivan struggles to disconnect, regain his humanity 10 MIN, 19 SEC

Events like the recent shootout and bombings in New York and New Jersey have had many of us glued to our screens. So have cat videos, and the presidential election, Emmy red-carpet looks, and the latest celebrity tweet. There’s always something online to capture our attention. But at what cost? Author and internet pioneer Andrew Sullivan says it’s the ultimate cost – being human. Sullivan wrote about his struggle to regain his humanity in the current issue of New York Magazine.

Guests:
Andrew Sullivan, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Old law keeps taxpayers on the hook for state employee pensions 8 MIN, 28 SEC

In 1999, former Governor Gray Davis signed a law called SB-400; and just like that, prison guards, park rangers, the highway patrol and other state workers were suddenly entitled to the kind of pensions most of us can only dream about. For instance, some CHP officers can retire at age 50 and still make $96,000 a year. Proponents of the bill said it wouldn’t cost taxpayers a penny, but they were wrong. Those pensions will cost California taxpayers $5.4 billion this year – more than the state will spend on the drought, emergency response, and fighting wildfires combined.

Guests:
Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times (@jackdolanLAT)

Anthony Hernandez photographs poetry in LA urban blight 13 MIN, 39 SEC

The photographer Anthony Hernandez has traveled the world with his camera, but he’s always returned to Los Angeles. His work is based on what he saw and experienced growing up in East LA and Boyle Heights as the child of Mexican immigrants. A lot of Hernandez’s work could be described as “street photography,” capturing the hard faces and hard lives of a gritty LA; but there are also landscapes featuring tire shops and abstract photos of contemporary ruins. Hernandez captures poetry in an environment that most people would consider urban blight. After a career spanning more than 45 years, San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art will hold the first retrospective of Hernandez’ work, opening September 24.

Guests:
Anthony Hernandez, Photographer

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