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: Novel By Michael Hastings To Be Published Posthumously

Oct 7, 2013

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

  • Michael Hastings, the 33-year-old journalist who died in a car crash in June, wrote a novel before he died, according to The New York Times. Called The Last Magazine, it is a "roman à clef about a young, eager magazine intern named Michael M. Hastings" set in the years leading up to the Iraq War. Hastings' wife, Elise Jordan, told the Times that she found the completed manuscript on his computer after his death. The novel will be published next summer by Blue Rider Press. Hastings rose to prominence after his award-winning profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Rolling Stone led to McChrystal's resignation.
  • Amazon's German warehouse workers, who are locked in a pay dispute with the online retailer, have threatened to strike in the lead-up to Christmas. According to Reuters, Heiner Reimann of the union Verdi told Der Spiegel that "if I were Amazon I would not rely on being able to make all deliveries to customers on time before Christmas."
  • Erica Jong spoke to NPR's Susan Stamberg about her classic novel Fear of Flying and the role women were expected to play in the 1970s: "You were supposed to get married, have children, take care of a husband; and that was why there was an epidemic of mad housewife novels in which a woman woke up and discovered actually her sworn enemy was her cranky husband who had made her into a slave. And I truly hated those mad housewife novels. Hate, hate, hated them. Because they were blaming men for something that was not literally men's fault. I mean, we were in a terrible predicament as a society, but it was not the fault of individual men or women. We were stuck in certain roles."

The best books coming out this week.

  • John Freeman speaks to dozens of writers in How to Read a Novelist, his collection of interviews of everyone from David Foster Wallace to Toni Morrison to Edwidge Danicat. Freeman carefully excludes himself from the story — except in his memorable introduction, in which he tells John Updike his relationship troubles — which makes the interviews seem a little more impartial though perhaps a little less lively. The interviews are also generally a little shorter than you might want, but it's hard to complain since nowhere else will you find a compendium of snapshots of basically all our most important writers.
  • The protagonist of Dave Eggers's new novel, The Circle, works at a giant tech company that seems like a sinister combination of Google, Facebook and Twitter and goes by slogans such as "All that happens must be known" and "Sharing is caring." In the hands of another writer, this could be clumsy or heavy-handed satire, but Eggers has a gift for the small details that make the novel lifelike, funny and — occasionally — discomfiting.
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