Photo: Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto gestures as he delivers speech during a welcome ceremony at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico July 17, 2017. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters)
FROM THIS EPISODE
A transcript of a phone call between President Trump and his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto reveals Trump being willing to cut off relations if Pena Nieto kept saying Mexico wouldn’t pay for the border wall.
A man known as El Mencho has taken over as Mexico’s lead drug kingpin. He’s ruthlessly violent, even by Mexican standards. He has thousands of soldiers and even a submarine fleet. He’s estimated to be worth around $1 billion. We speak with the DEA agent tasked with finding him.
Kyle Mori, Los Angeles Drug Enforcement Administration
A team of scientists recently published a paper detailing how they edited the DNA of human embryos using CRISPR. They did it without causing other potentially harmful mutations. CRISPR has the potential to help families with genetic diseases like breast cancer and Alzheimer's. But it also raises ethical questions.
Japan is facing a historically low birth rate because young men can’t find good jobs. They’re living at home with their parents and refusing to get married. We talk about the country’s so-called herbivore men.
Alana Semuels, Atlantic magazine
Facebook is more popular now with young people. We find out why, and whether there’s anything to the rumors that Mark Zuckerberg wants to run for president. He’s hired pollster Joel Benenson.
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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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