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Al-Shabaab's latest and biggest massacre of innocent people has focused attention on Kenya, where local and regional conflicts have increasing importance to the rest of the world—very much including America.

Also, how video evidence brought murder charges in SC officer-involved shooting. On today's Talking Point, some FDA regulators are being accused of conflicts of interest when it comes to approving dietary supplements with potentially dangerous components.

Photo: A woman holds a candle as she walks past wooden crosses placed on the ground, to symbolise the people killed by gunmen at Garissa University College, during memorial vigil at the "Freedom Corner" in Kenya's capital Nairobi April 7, 2015. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Benjamin Gottlieb
Katie Cooper

Video Evidence Brings Murder Charges in SC Officer-Involved Shooting 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Cellphone video has made a police shooting in North Charleston, South Carolina into a national story. Police Chief Eddie Driggers says that's what led to murder charges against Officer Michael Slager, who was fired today. "The honesty comes from my heart. I have watched the video, and I was sickened by what I saw."

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey says the case has already led to a major investment in 150 additional body cameras "so that every officer – that is on the street in uniform – will have a body camera." Ryan Grim, Washington bureau chief for the Huffington Post, has more on the story.

Guests:
Ryan Grim, Huffington Post (@ryangrim)

Kenya and a Perfect Storm of Trouble 32 MIN, 38 SEC

Yesterday, Kenya concluded its national mourning for 147 people who were massacred Thursday at Garissa University. Just four al Shabaab terrorists held the campus for 15 hours before trained commandos finally arrived and killed them all in just 15 minutes. The terrorists singled out Christians, but religion is only part of the story. Kenya is East Africa's economic leader, with a vast international presence: the US military, multinational companies, tourists and NGO's. It also has one of the world's most corrupt governments -- breeding terror and responding with crackdowns that reinforce corruption and create more violence. Last week's attack was the latest wake-up call with global implications.

Guests:
Murithi Mutiga, independent journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya (@mutigam)
Stig Jarle Hansen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Bronwyn Bruton, Atlantic Council (@BronwynBruton)
Jennifer Brass, Indiana University (@jennifer_brass)
Clare Alleson, Eurasia Group (@C_Allen)

Al-Shabaab in Somalia

Stig Jarle Hansen

What's Really in Your Workout Supplement? 10 MIN, 14 SEC

The Food and Drug Administration has authority over a $33 billion business in dietary supplements for weight loss and work-outs sold in hundreds of vitamin shops across the nation. Do regulators hired from the industry itself have conflicts of interest? Some dietary supplements approved by the FDA have been withdrawn from the shelves in Canada. There, authorities say they pose "a serious health risk" because they contain a chemical much like amphetamine, the powerful stimulant. But the FDA says that "does not identify a specific safety concern at this time."

The FDA's approval of JetFuel Superburn and other supplements has raised questions from researchers and from Anahad O’Connor, a consumer health reporter at the New York Times and a fitness buff.

Photo: n-o-n-a-m-e

 

Guests:
Anahad O'Connor, New York Times (@anahadoconnor)

More:
Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA)
National Products Association

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