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One day after the second presidential debate, an examination of where each candidate stands on Syria. Then, writer and journalist Hector Tobar talks about how his white students at the University of Oregon have more in common with underserved minorities than they think. A leaked tape of Donald Trump bragging about kissing and groping women without their consent has inspired thousands of women to share their stories of sexual assault on social media. And a study from decades ago suggests that a vegan diet can help ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. But not many doctors talk about veganism as part of treating the disease. Finally, a photographer on the otherworldliness of Los Angeles. His new book of photos is called “ZZYZX.”

Banner Image: Protests in Douma

Where do Clinton, Trump stand on Syria? 8 MIN, 58 SEC

Sunday night’s debate was not so heavy on policy, but the situation in Syria did get attention from both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The civil war in that country is more than five years old and shows no sign of ending. Nearly half a million Syrians have died, and the largest city in the country, Aleppo, is under siege by government forces. Hundreds of people, including 100 children, have died during this bombing campaign. What are the candidates’ proposed strategies for US involvement in Syria?

Aaron David Miller, Wilson Center (@aarondmiller2)

Vladimir Putin, Aleppo and the Diplomatic Shambles in Syria

What Hector Tobar's students taught him about white despair 8 MIN, 43 SEC

One voter group Donald Trump consistently polls better with than Hillary Clinton are working-class whites. Trump’s message is resonating with those voters in key states like Ohio. One reason is that the loss of manufacturing and mining jobs there has left many struggling; and that sense of downward mobility is fueling anger. In an op-ed for the New York Times, author and journalist Hector Tobar writes about white despair among his students at the University of Oregon. It’s titled, “My Lesson From White America.”

Hector Tobar, author and journalist

My Lesson From White America

Women share their sexual assault 9 MIN, 23 SEC

The leaked tape of Donald Trump talking about grabbing women’s genitals without their consent is not going away. The first question from the debate moderators Sunday night was about the tape, and Trump reacted by saying his lewd comments about women were just ‘locker room’ talk, nothing serious. But thousands of women on Twitter had a different reaction. Blogger and Twitter personality Kelly Oxford asked women to share their stories of sexual assault in reaction to the Trump tape. First, she shared her own story of a man groping her genitals and smiling at her on a city bus when she was 12.

Roxane Gay, author, 'hunger' and 'Bad Feminist' (@rgay)

Can a vegan diet help treat multiple sclerosis? 16 MIN, 21 SEC

Last year, when she was just 23 years old, Carmen Johns was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. MS is a degenerative disease that slowly, and permanently, damages the central nervous system. There is no known cure. There are drugs to treat the symptoms, but the side effects can be harsh. So Carmen’s mom, journalist Maria Bustillos, decided to investigate. She looked into a lot of academic studies and discovered one that seemed deceptively uncomplicated….and effective: a simple vegan-plus-fish diet could dramatically relieve MS symptoms. The study took place in the 1950s but few doctors today either recommend this diet or even know about the study behind it.

Maria Bustillos, freelance journalist and author (@mariabustillos)
Barbara Giesser, UCLA

Is there a dietary treatment for multiple sclerosis?

The mysterious and otherworldly photos of Gregory Halpern 8 MIN, 7 SEC

When photographer Gregory Halpern received a Guggenheim grant in 2014, he migrated from Upstate New York to Los Angeles, and spent a year photographing the landscape. Those photographs are collected in his new book, “ZZYZX.” And the title is just as mysterious as the images themselves. Although they were all taken in real places around the city, the photographs feel almost otherworldly.

Gregory Halpern, Photographer, Author


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