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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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Autumn Leaves, Cumberbatches, And More Fall Amusements

Sep 20, 2013

This week's show finds me, Stephen, Trey and Glen together again in the studio, but due to a scheduling tweak, finds us in Historic Studio 45 instead of Historic Studio 44, so we hope you can all still follow the conversation.

We kick things off with what's become our annual tradition: the Fall TV Pool, a/k/a Linda Humiliates Herself Prognostication-Wise. In past years, I chose A Gifted Man and Partners, two shows you will probably have to look up in order to remember. Mocked for the terrible luck I've had trying to be a brutally cynical realist, you will see that this year, I went with my heart, choosing my actual favorite new broadcast show of the season. And I apologize to everyone involved in it, because by choosing it, I may have doomed it to fail. (We taped on Monday, by the way, before any of these shows had premiered.)

Stephen goes the cable route this time around, which is how we wind up saying "sex" perhaps more times than we ever have in the show's history, while Trey goes for a high-concept drama and Glen goes for comedy — and not in the Marvel-ous direction you are perhaps expecting.

In our other segment, we look forward to the part of the year when we're actually pretty excited about the things that are coming to the movie theater. Glen continues to be doggedly devoted to a franchise that took a complex first step, Stephen goes for a very adult movie and a (probably) great kids' movie, Trey is into both chatter and Judi Dench, and I reach for a charming romance, to the surprise of no one.

As always, we close the show with what's making us happy this week. For Stephen, it's two great moments from the Creative Arts part of the Emmys (which took place last weekend). For Trey, it's a video full of singing British people (big surprise there). For Glen, it's a book he loves (big surprise there, too). And for me, it's Aaron Paul, who rules the world in many respects, and the decision of the audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival to honor the best film I saw there this year.

Find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter: Linda, me, Glen, Trey, producer Nick Fountain, and our esteemed producer emeritus and music director, Mike Katzif.

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