California’s primary election is one week away. Wealthy donors and corporations have spent more than $26 million on the governor’s race alone. The LA Times says that’s the most money ever spent on a California primary by outside groups. We also talk about the U.S. Supreme Court declining to hear a challenge to a restrictive abortion law in Arkansas, and how the California Supreme Court will force social media companies to turn over some user communications to criminal defendants.
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As the Statue of Liberty was being assembled from parts sent from France in the late 19th Century, the U.S. government passed a law that targeted the Chinese. It banned Chinese workers from immigrating to the U.S., and it banned the Chinese people who were already here from becoming citizens. That ban existed for 60 years. The Chinese Exclusion Act wasn’t repealed until 1943. A new PBS special explores this chapter of American history. It airs nationwide today.
The Lim family, from the PBS American Experience special
“The Chinese Exclusion Act.”
Certificates of identities.
Images courtesy of PBS
In 1971, Richard Nixon launched the War on Drugs, and the Controlled Substances Act outlawed the use of LSD and psilocybin, or magic mushrooms. Before then, psychiatrists used those drugs to treat patients for depression, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and more. Now there’s a resurgence in interest around psychedelic drugs. Author Michael Pollan has taken stock of the latest developments, and even taken a few trips himself.
Author Michael Pollan. Credit: Jeannette Montgomery Barron.
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