Ted Cruz, “Empire” Finale, and Parker Center’s Fate

We start with a look at Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s bid for the 2016 Republican nomination. Then, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing the case today of a disabled woman who was shot by police; what does the case tell us about the challenges of policing the mentally ill? In our weekly television roundup, did the season finale of Empire satisfy fans or make things too complicated for season two? Next, a conversation with the creators of Instagram feeds devoted to depicting everyday life in Africa and Iran. And finally, a debate over the fate of the former LAPD headquarters known as Parker Center.

Banner Image: Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland; Credit: Gage Skidmore