Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday where she sought to use the symbolism of a historic landmark to draw parallels to a present-day America that is in need of repairing deepening racial and cultural divides.

The Old State Capitol — where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous "A house divided" speech in 1858 warning against the ills of slavery and where Barack Obama launched his presidential bid in 2007 — served as the backdrop for Clinton as she spoke of how "America's long struggle with race is far from finished."

Episode 711: Hooked on Heroin

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When we meet the heroin dealer called Bone, he has just shot up. He has a lot to say anyway. He tells us about his career--it pretty much tracks the evolution of drug use in America these past ten years or so. He tells us about his rough past. And he tells us about how he died a week ago. He overdosed on his own supply and his friend took his body to the emergency room, then left.

New British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her Cabinet Wednesday.

Amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Egypt, security forces have forcibly disappeared hundreds of people since the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

"The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry," says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn't want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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Book News: Apple Seeks Patent For Digital Book-Signing Technology

Sep 27, 2013
Originally published on September 27, 2013 10:58 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Although ebooks can be more convenient than their ink-and-paper counterparts, they still have some decided disadvantages: There is no such thing as an old-ebook smell, you can't decorate your apartment with them to make yourself look smarter, and you can't get them signed by the author. But on Thursday, Apple applied for a patent on technology that would allow authors to digitally autograph ebooks, noting that "some users still prefer paper media products for the physical attributes of paper media products, which include the ability to have a copy of a book personalized." PC Magazine explains, "A digital tome would come embedded with a specific autograph page, or a 'hot spot' autograph widget area configured to receive autographs." It adds, "Don't expect to see this e-autograph system added to iBooks anytime soon. Many patent ideas never come to fruition — though this idea seems more plausible than others."
  • Critic Lee Siegel discusses why he no longer writes brutal takedowns: "Nowadays the abstractions of aesthetic and intellectual criteria matter much less to me than people's efforts to console themselves, to free themselves, to escape from themselves, by sitting down and making something." Naturally enough, Siegel's essay attracted its own brutal takedown.
  • Teju Cole memorializes the Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor, who was killed in the attacks on Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi. Cole was also in the Kenyan capital at the time, attending the same literary festival as Awoonor. He writes, "Like his late friend Christopher Okigbo, he was invested in the ritual and chthonic possibilities of African vernacular language, in his case Ewe. From that Ewe tradition came the feeling for elegy, which he applied with seriousness and dark irony to the serial crises of post-independence Ghana. The Ewe language also gave his poetry strong musical cadences, so that even when the meaning was opaque, the lines were fluent."
  • Just more than half of Americans read at least one book for fun last year, according to an annual survey from the National Endowment for the Arts. More women than men read at least one work of literature, and 64- to 75-year-olds read more than any other age group.
  • David Gilmour, who said in an interview that he doesn't teach books by women or Chinese authors, has been roundly disowned by faculty members at the University of Toronto, where he teaches classes. English professor Holger Syme wrote in a blog post: "David Gilmour is not a colleague of mine." Paul Stevens, the acting chair of the university's English department, sent an email to the faculty that was obtained by Gawker, saying, "First, David Gilmour is not a member of the Department of English at the University of Toronto, and second, his ill-informed and offensive views could not be less representative of the ... practices of the Department."
  • "Passing Place," a new poem by Helen Mort, appeared in Granta: "Stall here and let the world / go past, the way / the world well might / on heather-coloured days like this..."
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