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New federal numbers show that life expectancy in the U.S. dropped for the second consecutive year. Health officials are pointing to opioids as the problem. Even as President Trump has declared a “health emergency” over these drugs, the problem just seems to get worse. Now states, cities and counties are suing the drug makers. We find out what they hope to accomplish in these suits.
Detoxing from drugs or alcohol is the most dangerous and most expensive phase of rehab. But a third of all California rehab centers aren’t staffed by doctors. Many of these so-called “non-medical” facilities are so risky that a lot of other states forbid them. And some California clinics have had multiple people die on their watch. The O.C. Register has been investigating Southern California’s rehab industry.
Neil is co-author of "Designing Reality." Photo by John Werner.
Fab Labs and Fab Cities are the harbingers of the digital technology revolution we are entering in the 21st century. That’s according to a new book, “Designing Reality: How to Survive and Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution.” The first two revolutions have given us access to the internet through personal computers and smartphones. The third digital revolution is about making stuff in the real world: fabrication. Its impact may be even greater than the first two.
Neil Gershenfeld, Bits and Atoms, co-author of “Designing Reality.”
Our critics review “Downsizing,” in which a couple lives in a community of people who’ve shrunk to 5 inches; “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” a comedy starring The Rock and Kevin Hart; “The Post,” which follows newspaper publisher Katharine Graham and editor Ben Bradlee as they expose government secrets; and “Phantom Thread,” which Daniel Day Lewis says will be his last film.
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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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