FROM Martha Mendoza
Shrimp Slavery For seafood lovers with a conscience, the news out of Southeast Asia lately has been alarming. Last week, the Associated Press came out with yet another report on slavery in the region, this one focused on Thailand’s shrimp sheds, which use slave labor to peel the shrimp that wind up on the shelves of global supermarkets and restaurants. Everywhere from Walmart to Costco to Red Lobster. We hear from the journalist who’s been covering the story.
AP Finds Pharmaceuticals in America's Water Supply Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines are part of the water supply serving 41 million Americans. That's the finding of the Associated Press after a five-month study involving hundreds of scientific reports and interviews more than 230 officials, academics and scientists. Martha Mendoza co-authored report.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.