Photo: A performer takes part in an event titled "Science in the Square" which is used to highlight science and in particular, climate change in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S. May 31, 2017. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
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In an email from last year, which Donald Trump Jr. released today, he wrote “I love it” to news that Russians had damaging information on Hillary Clinton. We get reaction from Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about whether this is the collusion smoking gun. Schiff is the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
A New York Magazine story envisions a future of broiling and drowned cities if nothing is done on climate change. But some climate scientists say it’s “disaster porn” and counter-productive. We talk about the best way to convince people to take climate change seriously.
There are several explanations for why humans allegedly have a poor sense of smell. As humans began walking upright, smell became less important than sight. It’s been thought that since humans are logical creatures, we don’t need to rely on smell to direct our behavior and that our sight is more powerful than our smell. It turns out that those explanations are wrong.
In January 2006, Christine Pelisek was chatting up a source -- the LA Coroner -- to check on murders over the weekend. He mentioned there had been a large number of body dumping cases in recent years. She eventually got his list of cases, and broke the story of a serial killer in South Central LA. Pelisek chronicles how she got the story.
As LA’s restaurant scene continues to boom, East Coast chefs want in on the game. While some new arrivals embrace the West Coast’s laid back vibe, others don’t. We have a conversation about the new chefs in town, and what an east coast invasion could mean for LA food.
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Following police violence, Oakland cafe won't serve cops A cafe named Hasta Muerte in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood is refusing to serve police officers. The move has led to protests against the owners, and a renewed discussion about the role of police in the community.
What's the future of Facebook's A.I.? Mark Zuckerberg apologized on Wednesday for how Facebook handled the Cambridge Analytica scandal, saying his company will protect users’ privacy. But Facebook is heavily investing in artificial intelligence that could potentially mean more sophisticated data mining of its users.
Can we rein in tech giants? Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released a statement today saying his company will protect user data and investigate apps with access to his social network. British firm Cambridge Analytica allegedly used Facebook user data for political purposes. We talk about reining in Facebook and billionaire tech leaders.
Why black boys from rich families have a 50-50 chance of falling into poverty New research shows that black boys raised in U.S. -- even in the richest neighborhoods -- still earn less money when they grow up than white boys of similar backgrounds. But that’s not the case for women. Black and white women usually track together, while black men rarely make it to the same levels as white men.
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