FROM Yancey Strickler
Kickstarter CEO Kickstarter co-founder and CEO Yancey Strickler talks with Kim Masters about the overriding mission of the company and his hopes for the future. Since it launched five years ago, more than six million people have donated over $1 billion to fund more than $63,000 projects. Strickler addresses some of the criticisms that the company has endured in the face of certain projects -- namely the Zach Braff movie and the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset. Strickler also addressed accusations of censorship that were raised by a documentary filmmaker making a movie about a convicted abortion doctor. Ultimately he champions the goal of getting the public to support a creator's vision whether or not a given project proves to be a financial success.
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.
North Korea tests more missiles, Turkey's president gains more power Early Tuesday morning, North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. It blew up shortly after take-off. But North Korea keeps working on a nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. Also in Turkey, a close vote has given sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey is an important Western ally in the region, but its leader is becoming increasingly authoritarian.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein faces an angry town hall crowd Senator Dianne Feinstein faced an angry crowd at her town hall in Los Angeles Thursday. The anger came from her would-be supporters -- people on the left. Also, a new bill wants to make it illegal for local police to cooperate with the feds who are targeting marijuana growers.