Sacramento Demands Answers After Police Shoot Unarmed Black Man
Here's what you'll find on today's show: — 22-year-old Stephon Clark was shot and killed by police late Sunday night in Sacramento, California, in the backyard of his grandparents' house. Clark, who is African-American, was living at his grandparents' home at the time when police responded to reports of a man who had broken car windows and was hiding out in a backyard. Police were led to his location before firing off 20 shots at Clark, who they believed was brandishing a weapon. The only item discovered near his body was a cellphone. — On Tuesday in Washington, President Trump met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to kick off the crown prince's three-week, seven-city trip to the U.S. But Salman’s ambitions of modernization, striking oil and gas deals, and building on business connections in Silicon Valley ignore the realities of Saudi Arabia’s role in the war in Yemen and other human rights abuses. How is the media covering his trip and what is Salman likely to get out of it? — Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced his resignation on Wednesday. Opposition lawmakers allege that Kuczynski lied about payments from Odebrecht, a Brazilian conglomerate, to a boutique investment bank he owns. Oldebrecht is Latin America's construction behemoth and is responsible for some of the region's biggest infrastructure projects. But it’s also tied up in multiple corruption probes, including the payment of bribes not only in Brazil, but across 10 countries, including Peru. — A new investigation by the Associated Press has revealed the extent to which reports of child abuse on American military bases languish in the system. The report focused on peer-on-peer sexual abuse at the military bases' schools, which exist a kind of bureaucratic netherworld. The institutions are closely aligned with the military, but they are not subject to the laws that govern the armed forces. — After recent revelations that 50 million Facebook profiles were harvested in a massive data breach, there are now new questions about who will rein in the social media giant and how it will protect the privacy of its users. Facebook is used by billions of people as the primary way to communicate with friends and family. For many others, Facebook is their sole connection to the internet. Will the fallout change the way people use the platform or force the company to change its business practices?
President Trump Touts "Toughness" in Approach to Combating Opioids
Here's what you'll find on today's show: — On Wednesday, the man believed to be responsible for a rash of fatal parcel bombs in Austin, Texas, detonated a device inside a car he was using to flee police in close pursuit, resulting in his death as a SWAT team approached the vehicle. The suspect, now identified by multiple media outlets as 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, evaded federal and local authorities for weeks as he allegedly planted packages rigged with explosives throughout various locations in Austin, killing two and injuring multiple others. — On Monday, President Trump addressed the public about the opioid epidemic from a podium in New Hampshire, one of the states hardest hit, citing "toughness" as a focal point in his approach to combating the crisis. Toughness, according to the president's remarks, means cracking down hard on drug dealers, and a tough-on-crime approach above all else. But his plan also includes provisions for reducing the prescription of opioids and widening access to treatment. — In 2016, federal prosecutors charged three Kansas men with plotting to bomb a small mosque in a Garden City housing complex frequented by area's growing Somali community. This week the three men alleged to have planned that attack stand trial. FBI agents interrupted the deadly plot and charged the men with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. Agents say the men were part of a radical militia group. If convicted, they could face a sentence of life in prison. — The most famous rhino in the world died on Monday. His name was Sudan, he was 45 years old, and he was the last male northern white rhino in the world. There are two females left, 27-year-old Najin and 17-year-old Fatu, but neither of them are capable of breeding as a result of health problems, which means that barring some great technological feat, the northern white rhino is to become extinct.
Six Months After Maria, Puerto Rico Struggles to Rebuild
Here's what you'll find on today's show: — In the waning hours of September 20th, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. Today, more than 100,000 are still in the dark, thousands of small businesses have yet to reopen, and hundreds of thousands of people have left the island, many for good. The Federal Emergency Management Agency began a temporary program to house residents displaced by the storm, but six months later, 3,500 Puerto Ricans are still living in hotels and motels as they struggle to rebuild their lives. — An expansive new study tracked 20 million children and their parents over 16 years. It found that even when black boys come from wealth, they still go on to earn less than their white counterparts. Over the course of the study, researchers traced the lives of 10,000 black males who grew up in wealthy households comparable to their white peers. They were able to show that black boys raised in rich households were more likely to become poor as adults and did not have the same level of upward mobility. — Lawmakers in California are planning to introduce a bill that would require major tech companies like Apple and Samsung to make replacement parts available to individuals who want to repair their own devices. Currently, many companies favor an 'authorized repair' model, where they license independent shops to attempt a narrow set of repairs and force them to return devices that require more complicated fixes. The D.I.Y. community has complained for years about the high cost of repairing devices through authorized retailers. — Nella Larsen, author of the Harlem Renaissance, is one of the women to be newly recognized with an obituary in The New York Times for her 1964 death. We re-examine her legacy in light of a new Times series that traces historical figures who never received their due from the public upon their passing. — It's not entirely easy to be funny these days. But comedian Aparna Nancherla has been preparing for this moment for a while. Netflix has produced a new series of stand-ups that airs today, where you can find Nancherla opening up about her anxiety on stage and how it has prepared her for the current political climate. She joins The Takeaway to discuss her Netflix stand-up debut and how social media has changed the way people communicate with each other.
Firm With Trump Camp Ties Obtained Data on 50 Million Facebook Users
Here's what you'll find on today's show: — Late Friday, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions after a yet-to-be-released inspector general report found that McCabe 'lacked candor' under oath and improperly authorized disclosures to the news media. His ouster occurred just two days before the date of his official resignation which would have been Sunday, his 50th birthday. — On Friday, Facebook suspended ties with digital analytics firm Cambridge Analytica after it was revealed that 50 million Facebook profiles were harvested in a massive data breach. The profiles were obtained for research purposes by a Russian-American academic before being improperly leaked to Cambridge Analytica, which was also hired as a consultant for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. — On Sunday night, another bomb went off in an Austin, Texas, neighborhood, rattling residents and leaving two passersby with injuries. This is the fourth such explosion in recent weeks, and police told reporters on Monday that this most recent incident had "similarities" to the earlier explosions. — Illinois voters head to the polls for a primary election on Tuesday. The contest will shape the Democratic roster come November and, depending on how progressives fare, it may indicate just how far left the party has shifted in the Trump era. — In the 1980s, Congress created 'compassionate release,' a program allowing aging or terminally ill prisoners an early release from prison so they could pass away at home in the care of their loved ones. But a new investigation by The Marshall Project finds that compassionate release is rarely granted, and often when it is granted the prisoner has near-totally succumbed to illness. — Many of America’s historically black colleges and universities played a vital role in the country’s civil rights movement. Influential black leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, Stokely Carmichael, and Courtland Cox were graduates of one such college, the prestigious Howard University in Washington, D.C. But fifty years ago this week, students on campus were deeply unhappy about the direction the institution was headed in the civil rights struggle.
This Alabama Sheriff's New Beachfront Property, Paid for by the Public
Here's what you'll find on today's show: — On any given night in America, around 50,000 teenagers find themselves in the grips of the juvenile justice system. This week, WNYC Studios kicked off a nine-episode podcast examining the state of incarceration for teenagers and adolescents. "Caught" dives into mechanics of juvenile justice by reviewing the policies that govern child-offenders and the day-to-day realities for the youth caught up in the system. — Alabama Sheriff Todd Entrekin purchased a $740,000 beachfront property with money earmarked for prisoners in his custody. But due to a Depression-era Alabama law, Entrekin's real estate venture was entirely legal. The sheriff is now coming under fire for the purchase as people are wondering why more of that money wasn’t spent on food for inmates. — Last December, two journalists for Reuters were detained in Myanmar while reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine State. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo stand accused by the government of illegally obtaining information with the intent to spread it to foreign news outlets under the obscure, colonial-era "Official Secrets Act." If charged, they could face a maximum of fourteen years in prison. — A Yo La Tengo album isn’t exactly a rare occurrence — the indie rock mainstays already have 14 studio albums under their belt. And today, they’re back at it again with their 15th studio album, “There’s A Riot Going On," from Matador Records.
U.K. Expels Russian Diplomats For Attempted Assassination of Double Agent
Here's what you'll find on today's show: — A five month-long investigation by KQED exposed the government response to California's North Bay wildfires as rife with mismanagement. The blaze tore through northern California, ultimately causing the deaths of 44 people and leaving more than 21,000 homes damaged or destroyed. Where did the government's response go awry? — On Wednesday, British officials announced plans to expel 23 Russian diplomats following the attempted murder of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Britain had given Moscow a Tuesday night deadline to cooperate with the investigation, which they did not adhere to. Prime Minister Theresa May announced to parliament that the diplomats had one week to leave. May said it was the biggest such expulsion in more than 30 years, and she further vowed to crack down on Russian intelligence agents in Great Britain. — Seven years ago, in the small town of Daraa in Syria, revolutionary sentiments erupted onto the public square. But the goals of this reformist movement were never realized, and the Syrian state quickly became embroiled in a brutal civil war. On the war's seventh anniversary, we tell the story of the movement's early days, and what happened to the once-promising campaign for democracy. — Convicted terrorist Hamid Hayat appealed his case's original verdict. Now, 11 years later, a federal judge is reviewing the facts underlying his conviction, and she is trying to get to the bottom of Hayat's activity in Pakistan. In order to do this, the judge is employing video conferencing technology to swear in witnesses and obtain testimony. But how much weight does an American oath carry on foreign soil? — Drag queens are a really big deal. The hit reality TV show "RuPaul’s Drag Race" helped make drag mainstream, and there’s serious love for the queens. But what about the kings? Drag kings have a rich history too, but they don’t have nearly the same pop culture status or recognition.
Students helped end the Vietnam War. Can they help end mass shootings?
Here's what you'll find on today's show: — A national movement is brewing. After the slaughter in Parkland, Fla., students nationwide are taking to the streets to demand action. We speak with three student-organizers on this growing movement. — President Trump's pick for CIA director is most well known for her role in running a CIA "black site" where she oversaw torture-based interrogations in the aftermath of 9/11. A look at how the agency may change under Gina Haspel's leadership. — John McEntee, personal assistant to the president, was fired and removed from the White House grounds on Monday. Now, he's on Trump's re-election campaign. We examine the potential implications of McEntee's sudden departure. —In a "60 Minutes" interview that aired Sunday night, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos failed to answer basic questions about the schools in her home state of Michigan. DeVos was confirmed as secretary a little over a year ago. So what has she accomplished since then, and what is the impact on students? —For nearly 25 years, a radio program has broadcast calls from families of Colombia’s kidnapped, sending messages of love and support to missing loved ones who might be listening. Now, the show has been taken off the air. —Cosmology's most famous scholar, Stephen Hawking, passed away at the age of 76. His analysis of celestial bodies radiated across the fields of mathematics, physics, and philosophy. The Takeaway looks back on his life and legacy.
Trump Ousts Tillerson: What's Next for The State Department?
Here's what you'll find on today's show: — A decade after the 2008 financial crisis, there could be changes to major regulatory policy designed to prevent another crisis from happening. — President Donald Trump announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he is replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with current CIA Chief Mike Pompeo. — Three separate explosions from suspicious packages have residents of Austin, Texas, on edge. Are the cases related? And what are authorities doing to find the perpetrator? — Lake Mead is the main source of water for about 20 million people in Arizona, California, and Nevada. But water levels have teetered near critical lows for several years. Now, leaders in the three states must agree to a drought plan that lowers water usage, or face drastic cuts in water supplies. Plus, after a three-year drought, Cape Town, South Africa, is facing its worst water crisis in history. Some four million residents may soon confront "Day Zero" — the day the city is expected to run out of water. — The woman who introduced tennis to the United States never got an obituary in The New York Times. While on vacation in Bermuda, Mary Ewing Outerbridge (b. 1852) observed something she had never seen before: Englishmen playing tennis. Outerbridge's fascination with the game drove her to purchase rackets, balls and bring the sport back to the U.S.