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Even for officers who haven't been caught on camera, cell-phone videos have made it harder to be a police officer in the United States. We hear what intensified scrutiny means to the cop on the beat. Will it lead to reform, including accountability?

Also, the Dow plummets 1000 points, then recovers. What's it all mean? On today's Talking Point: France awarded three Americans and one Briton the Legion of Honor today for saving hundreds of train passengers from a gunman. The heroes also gave something to researchers in psychology: a real-life incident instead of a lab experiment.

Photo: Don Harder

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Jenny Hamel
Paul von Zielbauer

Dow Plummets 1000 Points, Then Recovers 6 MIN, 29 SEC

When the New York Stock Exchange opened this morning, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged a thousand points before starting to work its way back up. At the White House, Press secretary Josh Earnest said Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has sent a message to officials in China, "that they should continue to pursue financial reform to increase exchange rate flexibility and to move rapidly toward a more market determined exchange rate system" Earnest also had a message for Congress. "One of Congress' most important responsibilities is to pass a budget for the federal government and it's our view that Congress should pass a budget on that time that reverses sequestration and avoids a shutdown" David Rothkopf is CEO and editor of Foreign Policy magazine.

Guests:
David Rothkopf, FP Group (@djrothkopf)

What's It Like to Be a Cop in America? 33 MIN, 22 SEC

There are some 680,000 sworn police officers in the United States. Thanks to a year of cellphone videos spread on social media, "every one of them has had to answer, in one way or another, for the actions of colleagues they will never meet." Such videos of shootings, beatings and apparent racial profiling have reduced public confidence in police all over the country. When every local encounter has the potential for national news coverage, street cops say, "Everything is just harder." Many departments are engaging in damage control by re-training officers to think of themselves as guardians, rather than warriors. But critics say that's not enough -- that the justice system is rigged in the cops' favor, and the only true reform is to hold them accountable.

Guests:
Karl Vick, Time Magazine (@karl_vick)
Charles Huth, Kansas City, Missouri Police Department (@kcpolice)
Redditt Hudson, National Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers for Justice, Reform and Accountability
David Harris, University of Pittsburgh Law School (@dharrislawprof)

More:
Vick's cover story, "What It's Like to Be a Cop in America: One Year after Ferguson"
Harris' 'Good Cops: The Case for Preventative Policing'
Harris' 'Profiles in Injustice: Why Racial Profiling Cannot Work'

The Psychology of Heroism 9 MIN, 54 SEC

"Heroism" is another name for "extreme altruism," which social scientists have a hard time explaining. Now, they have a real incident to work with — Friday’s extraordinary behavior of three Americans and a Briton.


French President François Hollande (L) awards US National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos (C) with the Legion d'Honneur as as US Airman First Class Spencer Stone (R) looks on during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, August 24, 2015.
Photo: Michel Euler/Reuters/Pool

Today, French President François Hollande awarded the French Legion of Honor to Americans Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, along with Chris Norman, a 62-year old British consultant. Last Friday, they stopped a heavily armed gunman from shooting passengers on a high-speed train traveling to Paris from Amsterdam. David Rand is an Assistant Professor at Yale University’s Human Cooperation Laboratory.

Guests:
David Rand, Yale University (@David_G_Rand)

More:
Time magazine on the psychology of heroism

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