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Faced with a stream of migrants from Africa and the Middle East, European leaders want to reduce human trafficking and end the spectacle of deadly shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea. But controversies over immigration in EU countries make that easier said than done.

Also, Comcast officially ends its Time Warner merger bid. On today's Talking Point, has fixation on the word "genocide" caused Armenians to lose their "existential confidence."

Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

Producers:
Sasa Woodruff
Christine Detz
Jenny Hamel

Comcast Officially Ends Time Warner Merger Bid 6 MIN, 30 SEC

When cable-TV giant Comcast acquired NBCUniversal four years ago, it had the full approval of regulatory agencies. Last year, when Comcast announced a $45 billion merger with Time Warner, the consensus was that the deal would go through. But late yesterday, it was declared dead. Jonathan Mahler reports for the New York Times.

More:
Justice Department on dropped merger after DOJ, FCC concerns

Can the Nations of Europe Resolve a Humanitarian Crisis? 32 MIN, 43 SEC

By April of last year, 56 migrants died trying to reach Europe from the Middle East North Africa. This year, the number's already 1750 — and humanitarian agencies warn it could rise to 30,000 as people flee from chaos and war in their home countries. In Brussels yesterday, a summit meeting of the European Union held an emergency "summit" and agreed to increase spending to cope with the crisis. But its new plan is already being called inadequate — more a police action than an ambulance service. Do prosperous Western countries have a moral obligation to accept refugees despite the politics of immigration?

Guests:
Brad Wieners, Bloomberg Businessweek (@bradwieners)
Joel Millman, International Organization for Migration (@MillmanIOM)
Alexander Betts, Oxford University (@alexander_betts)

More:
IOM on EU Council decision on migrants in the Mediterranean
Millman on the UN pushing the US on child refugee safety (March, 2014)
The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

Survival Migration

Alexander Betts

An Armenian American Honors and Interprets the Genocide 10 MIN, 56 SEC

Growing up in New Jersey, Meline Toumani was taught that all Armenians should hate all things Turkish because of the ethnic cleansing that started 100 years ago today.  Then, in 2005, she quit her job with the New York Times and moved to Istanbul — an unlikely place for an Armenian-American writer.  She wrote a book that was controversial even before it was published, There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia and Beyond.  Today — on the hundredth anniversary of the Armenian genocide -- she is in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. 

Guests:
Meline Toumani, Author of 'There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia and Beyond'

More:
'Press Play' on Armenians in Los Angeles

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