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Cairo has been a virtual war zone since this morning, when security forces attacked the encamped supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The death toll could be in the hundreds with violence spreading around the country. Will Egypt return to martial law? We have an update. Also, the pace of China's economic development is transforming that country, but it's also a danger to the Chinese people and to the rest of the world. Can green energy make a difference? On Today's Talking Point, civil rights history at — of all places -- Comic-con.

Banner image: A dead body and other burnt dead members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi lie on the ground around Cairo University and Nahdet Misr Square, south of Cairo August 14, 2013. Photo: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Producers:
Evan George
Anna Scott
Caitlin Shamberg
Susan Karlin

Making News Violence Grips Egypt after Military Crackdown 23 MIN, 7 SEC

Cairo has been a virtual war zone since this morning, when security forces attacked the encamped supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The death toll could be in the hundreds with violence spreading around the country. A curfew is now in effect. Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei has resigned. Today's move had been predicted, but the violence of the assault has stunned Egyptians, international observers and the Obama White House, which says it opposes the new emergency law and "strongly condemns" the crackdown. Will Egypt return to martial law? We have an update.

Guests:
Mike Giglio, BuzzFeed (@mike_giglio)
Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post (@ahauslohner)
Robin Wright, US Institute of Peace (@wrightr)
Samer Shehata, University of Oklahoma

Main Topic China: Environmental Friend or Foe? 20 MIN, 13 SEC

The pace of China's economic development is transforming that country and raising the standard of living, but it's also a danger to the Chinese people and to the rest of the world. In January of this year, Beijing and 30 other cities were smothered by what's called the "airpocalypse." Was that a turning point? Can green energy make a difference? We hear about air and water pollution, and the consequences for global warming.

Guests:
Craig Simons, journalist and author
Manish Bapna, World Resources Institute (@ManishBapnaWRI)
Anna Lora-Wainwright, Oxford University

The Devouring Dragon

Craig Simons

Today's Talking Point 'March:' Civil Rights Pioneer Tells His Story in a Graphic Novel 6 MIN, 47 SEC

book.jpgIt's been almost 50 years since non-violent demonstrators risked their lives in a march from Selma to Birmingham, Alabama — a major event in the history of the civil rights movement. Now, one of the leaders has created a new kind of monument with appeal to people too young to remember. Georgia Congressman John Lewis has co-authored an unusual graphic novel with special appeal to people too young to remember. Was the Georgia Congressman out of place at last month's Comic-Con?  Not at all, says Sue Karlin, whose story came to us from KCRW's Independent Producer Project.

March Book 1

John Lewis

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