Photo: Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan celebrate at the AK party headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey, April 16, 2017. (Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)
FROM THIS EPISODE
Early Tuesday morning, North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. It blew up shortly after take-off. But North Korea keeps working on a nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. Also, in Turkey, a close vote has given sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey is an important Western ally in the region, but its leader is becoming increasingly authoritarian.
Barbara Demick, Author, "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea" (@BarbaraDemick)
Michael Crowley, Politico (@MichaelCrowley)
Rami Khouri, syndicated columnist, senior fellow at the Belfer Center and professor of public policy at the American University of Beirut (@RamiKhouri)
Los Angeles police officers fatally shot 19 people last year, according to the Guardian. That’s more than any other police department in the country. The Los Angeles Police Commission is expected to approve new rules that require officers to try to defuse encounters before using deadly force.
Tens of thousands of black women and girls go missing every year. Some run away from home, or get sex trafficked, or get murdered. Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle brings attention to this issue with her new exhibition. It’s a collection of 100 portraits inspired by missing black women. It’s on display at the California African American Museum.
Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Artist, "The Evanesced"
Lena Dunham, who once said she was the "voice of a generation," has grown up. The last episode of “Girls” aired last night. We get a critical appraisal of what the show meant for her generation, for women, and for TV.
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Will the government meet the deadline to reunify families separated at the border? Next week is the deadline to reunite the thousands of kids separated from their parents at the border. The Department of Homeland Security said yesterday that they’re working to meet the deadline, but will not “cut corners.” We get an update on where these families are now.
How will Disney-Fox deal affect what you see in theaters and on TV? For $71 billion, Disney gets Fox’s TV and film studios, 60 percent of Hulu, the FX and National Geographic cable channels, and some properties in India and Latin America. The combined Disney and Fox movie studios have earned nearly 50 percent of the North American box office this year.
President Trump dials back his rhetoric on Russia President Trump today says he misspoke at yesterday’s disastrous news conference with Vladimir Putin. He explained that he said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” Why wouldn’t it be Russia who meddled in the election? That explanation stretches credulity, but it may be enough to satisfy Republicans who’ve been critical. We talk with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about what Congress needs to do next.
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