Photo: A body is covered with a sheet in the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard South after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 1, 2017.
FROM THIS EPISODE
Sunday’s shooting in Las Vegas is the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured. The death toll climbs. We learn more about what happened and who the shooter was -- a 64-year-old white man who’s been called a lone wolf with an arsenal of weapons.
The U.S. Supreme Court opened its new term today. Court watchers predict it could be one of the most significant terms in recent history. On the court’s docket are cases involving political gerrymandering, religious freedom versus gay rights, state-required union fees, cell phone privacy, and the purging of voter rolls.
Drinking water and food is still needed in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit on September 20. Despite shiploads of supplies arriving to the island, getting them off the ships and out to the people remains difficult. President Trump will go to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, after engaging in a Twitter attack over the weekend against the mayor of San Juan.
We meet an artist who spent two years documenting the murals and graffiti in Los Angeles for a “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” exhibition. Ken Gonzales-Day says this public art reminds us of our collective history that often is overlooked or literally erased.
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The decline of American manufacturing During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump called out a steel manufacturer for closing a plant in Indiana and moving it to Mexico. The plant still closed and jobs were lost. We speak with a reporter who spent a year documenting the closing of the plant, and tells the story of one woman who worked her way up to supervisor and then had to train her Mexican replacement.
Why is it so hard to publish stories critical of powerful men? One of the main reasons the Harvey Weinstein stories didn’t get out sooner was that the Hollywood press couldn’t -- or wouldn’t -- publish them. KCRW’s Kim Masters has a story about another big executive: Amazon’s Roy Price.
Can Kevin de Leon unseat Sen. Dianne Feinstein? California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon announced his challenge to Senator Dianne Feinstein. He is capitalizing on a fury in the state against the president, and painting Feinstein as too accommodating of Trump.
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