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Photo: Actor Jeffrey Tambor at KCRW. (By Amy Ta)

On the ground in Venezuela: Living through a crisis 12 MIN, 57 SEC

On Sunday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called a military uprising that broke out a terrorist attack, and fired public prosecutor Luisa Ortega. Politicians are fleeing the country. The United Nations says excessive force and arbitrary detention against protesters is widespread and systemic. Reporter Hannah Dreier covered Venezuela for three years and talks about her experience there.

Guests:
Hannah Dreier, ProPublica (@hannahdreier)

More:
Departing AP reporter looks back at Venezuela’s slide
To Venezuela, This Week’s Sanctions Are a Joke

Jeffrey Tambor: 'I like to be artistically threatened' 26 MIN, 33 SEC

Jeffrey Tambor is nominated for a third Emmy for his star role in the Amazon show “Transparent.” It’s a nontraditional coming-of-age story about a 70-year-old trans woman named Maura Pfefferman. Tambor talks to us about how far acceptance of trans people has come in just a few years, why the show is the most Jewish show on TV, and how he likes his coffee (cold and bitter).


Actor Jeffrey Tambor at KCRW. (Photo by Amy Ta)

Guests:
Jeffrey Tambor, actor, "Transparent" (@jeffreytambor)

Traveler learns her name has a different meaning in Istanbul 8 MIN, 22 SEC

Natasha Basley and Alisa Rotenberg spent a semester abroad studying in Prague. When friends planned a spring break trip to Turkey, they tagged along. As Natasha introduced herself to people, her name elicited snickers and giggles. “In my country, there is a certain type of woman that we call Natasha,” said a carpet store owner. This is the second installment of Press Play’s “Travel Horror Stories” series.


Natasha “Natalie” Basley and Alisa Rotenberg

Guests:
Natasha Basley, traveler
Alisa Rotenberg, traveler

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