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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Morning Shots: Michel Gondry Does The NFL To A Beat

Sep 19, 2013
Originally published on September 19, 2013 2:15 pm

I cannot understand how I missed the news that Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones are about to open as Beatrice and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, but this charming list of past pairings makes me want to watch the play ... a lot. (David Tennant and Catherine Tate! I didn't know that, because I don't hang out on the particular message boards where it was undoubtedly the most important thing to happen to culture since Shakespeare himself.) [The Telegraph]

There's something about aging theaters that's just ... more poignant than other buildings, I think. A slideshow of those at risk of destruction is both a gorgeous thing and a sad thing. [The Guardian]

The ingredients: Michel Gondry, LCD Soundsystem, the NFL, working out, music with a beat, and Gillette. The result: cool. [The Hollywood Reporter]

There's nothing that gets your Thursday off to a good start quite like British baking gossip. Prominent cooking reality show lady likes premade frozen brownie traybakes! Which I think are ... pretty much frozen brownies! I learned a new word! For ... frozen brownies! [The Guardian]

Here does not come Honey Boux Boux: the French Senate approved a bill to ban beauty pageants for kids under 16. [Morning Edition]

The Canadian film world is getting more attention, and rightly so. Among other things, I saw several films in Toronto that were shot there and actually take place there, as opposed to all the films shot there that claim to be taking place in New York or wherever. Better to let Canada be Canada. [The New York Times]

As wackadoo internet theories go, the Grand Unified Theory Of Pixar is slightly less bonkers than "Ferris Bueller is a figment of Cameron's imagination" but slightly more bonkers than "It is totally unmistakably true that Tony Soprano died." [Slate]

Today in intriguing casting news: Bryan Cranston will play blacklisted and imprisoned screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in an upcoming film. [Deadline via Vulture]

If anything, the salary negotiation news that came out today that Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch will now make $60,000 an episode tells me that they're still not being paid enough, considering the crazy money The Big Bang Theory is making and how much better it's been since their roles became more prominent. [E! Online]

Adam Pally is one of the many actors from the dearly missed Happy Endings who I'm dearly hoping does well in the future — including as a regular on The Mindy Project. [The Hollywood Reporter]

And finally, lest you think there is no Breaking Bad news today, it turns out that the final two episodes are set to be longer than usual — 75 minutes each. Not a huge surprise, but who can be against prolonging the suffering? [Vulture]

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