Photo: Anti-Trump activists hold placards during a demonstration ahead of the arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 14, 2017.(Amr Alfiky/Reuters)
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President Donald Trump gave a startling, off-the-cuff press conference Tuesday, blaming “both sides” for recent violence in Charlottesville, and describing protesters opposed to white supremacists as “very violent.” That scene caused some to wonder how we got here. Kurt Andersen tries to answer that in a new book and piece in the September issue of The Atlantic.
Kurt Andersen, Host, Sudio 360
President Trump said “alt-left,” and the term is becoming increasingly common. But where did it come from? And what is “antifa?”
The new novel “A Kind Of Freedom” is about the downward spiral of a family who desperately tries to make it against the difficulties of racism, poverty, and drug addiction. The story begins in the 1940s with Evelyn, who comes from a wealthy family and falls in love with the son of a janitor. Evelyn’s daughter Jackie lives through the crack epidemic of the 1980s, and her grandson T.C. struggles with the trauma of Hurricane Katrina.
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton's first novel is
"A Kind of Freedom." (Photo by Ben Krantz)
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, author
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Venezuela is dealing with a collapsed economy, food shortages, protestors and the military clashing in the streets. But some years ago, Bob Lee and his girlfriend Alie spent the night in the capital, Caracas. Trying to cool off in the summer heat there, they encountered their own -- much less serious -- problems.
Bob Lee on vacation (courtesy of Bob Lee)
Bob Lee, traveler
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How bees play a crucial role in our food chain Much of the food we eat -- fruit, vegetables, nuts -- are all pollinated by bees. But bees are dying, and their hives are disappearing. Bees now have to be sent around the country to pollinate crops. We learn more about the nature of bees, and what’s at stake if their numbers continue to plummet.
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