Managing producer of Press Play.
Managing producer of Press Play.
Puerto Rico is devastated by Hurricane Maria Hurricane Maria dealt a devastating blow to Puerto Rico. The entire island is without power and it could take up to six months to get it back. Some parts of the island seen more than two feet of rain in the last 24 hours.
Aftermath of the 7.1 magnitude quake in Mexico We get the latest from Mexico City on the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck yesterday, and the rescue efforts. Hundreds of people have died. Buildings collapsed. We look at why Mexico City is particularly vulnerable to destruction from earthquakes. And will California ever get an early warning system?
Katy Tur fights back in new memoir about covering Trump NBC correspondent Katy Tur had never covered a presidential campaign before being assigned to Donald Trump’s. But she soon became the face of Trump’s seething attacks on the media -- and a potential target for his supporters. She shares her experience reporting on the Trump campaign in her new book “Unbelievable.”
Saying goodbye to Cassini The spacecraft Cassini discovered oceans and lakes on two of Saturn’s moons. It burned up as it entered Saturn’s atmosphere today. We speak with a lead scientist on the project, who spent 16 years working on it.
How free speech has changed at Berkeley: 1960s v. today UC Berkeley is planning big security measures for Thursday’s speech by conservative writer Ben Shapiro. This comes ahead of the university’s Free Speech Week. Steve Bannon, Ann Coulter, and Milo Yiannopoulos are scheduled to make appearances.
How risky is facial recognition technology? Apple made a big announcement about new products, including a phone with facial recognition software. Facial recognition is already being used a lot more widely than you’d think. The FBI has photos of half of all Americans in its database. The Europeans and the Chinese use it all the time.
Facing Irma in the Caribbean In the wake of Irma, Florida is facing flooded streets and downed trees and power lines. In some parts of the Caribbean, the situation is much worse. Parts of the U.S. Virgin Islands took a direct hit, and people there are struggling to get help. The relief effort is just getting started. We hear from a reporter and a resident evacuated from St. Martin.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos takes on Title IX Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the Obama administration used Title IX -- the campus gender equality law -- to coerce and intimidate universities to overreach when handling sex assault cases. She pointed to a case involving a former USC football player who was kicked out of school after a Title IX investigation.
Uncertainty over DACA: What will Dreamers and Congress do? The 800,000 or so young people whose future was put into question yesterday -- when the Trump administration announced an end to DACA -- are now trying to figure out what to do. We speak with one college student who will be eligible for deportation in a little more than a year if Congress fails to act.
Is DACA unconstitutional? The Trump administration has put an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.The program will end in six months. Attorney General Jeff sessions says this is an unconstitutional program so what could Congress could do to normalize the immigration status of some 800,000 Dreamers?
Coping in Houston, a week after evacuation On Monday, Press Play spoke with Houston resident Kristen Burke after she had fled her flooded home with her 8-year-old daughter and mom. They’ve been staying with friend. We find out how she’s doing now.
What are the ongoing threats to health, safety and shelter after Harvey? Houston is home to chemical plants, oil refineries, and Superfund sites. There are health problems looming. Contaminated water could lead to cholera; mosquitoes could bring zika. Also, most homeowners there don’t have flood insurance, so how much will they be able to fix?
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
What did Trump accomplish on his first trip abroad? President Trump is wrapping up his Mideast and European tour. We find out what he has accomplished -- good and bad -- and look at what he faces when he comes home.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.