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Since the George Zimmerman verdict, polls show a sharp divide between blacks and whites when it comes to the justice system. President Obama has tried to explain why blacks are so angry.  Will another "national conversation" make things better or worse? Also, the Obama Administration moves one step closer to arming Syrian rebels, and the massive decline of bee populations that pollinate crops is threatening the world's food supply.  One suspect insecticide has been banned in Europe but not in the US. We hear why.

Banner image: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Making News Obama Administration One Step Closer to Arming Syrian Rebels 7 MIN, 51 SEC

The Pentagon has provided the Senate a list of options for US action to stem Syria’s increasingly bloody civil war. Committees of both houses have approved weapons shipments by the CIA, as we hear from Karen DeYoung, senior diplomatic correspondent for the Washington Post.

Karen DeYoung, Washington Post (@karendeyoung1)

Main Topic Race and the Justice System: Can We Talk? 35 MIN, 15 SEC

President Obama wants white Americans to understand why blacks are so angry over George Zimmerman's acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Polls show 51% of whites approve the verdict while almost 90% of blacks disapprove — so on Friday, the President got personal about stereotyping and fear. Can whites really "feel the pain?"  Are we talking honestly about race for the first time in years, or is the so-called "national conversation" all too familiar? Does it create false expectations of healing, when it's really a debate that opens old wounds?


Jason Silverstein, Harvard University (@Jason_Reads)
Daniel Menaker, author and former editor (@agoodtalk)
Joe Hicks, Community Advocates (@Project21News)
Aura Bogado, Colorlines.com (@aurabogado)

A Good Talk

Daniel Menaker

Today's Talking Point Lawmakers Float Pesticide Ban to Protect Bees 8 MIN, 3 SEC

Without bees to pollinate crops, there would be an immediate food crisis. But so-called "Colony Collapse Disorder" continues to kill bees in alarming numbers. Now, two Democratic Congressmen want legislation to limit the use of certain pesticides before it's too late. The European Union has suspended the use of neonicotinoid insecticides because of research showing they could be responsible for the alarming increase in the killing of bees. But US regulations are different from those in Europe and there's disagreement about the certainty of scientific conclusions. Colin O'Neil, Director of Government Affairs at the Center for Food Safety, has more.

Colin O'Neil, Center for Food Safety (@ColinONeil)

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