The new British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her cabinet today.

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: 'The Bridge' And The Doctor's Many Faces

Aug 9, 2013

For one more week, our host and pal Linda Holmes has been roaming the desolate plains of Los Angeles at the Television Critics Association press tour, with only catered lunches and lavishly appointed meet-and-greets to provide sustenance.

So the rest of the Pop Culture Happy Hour gang must soldier on in her absence, with the aid of a scrappy young newcomer who'd been waiting for her big break in front of a microphone: All Things Considered co-host Audie Cornish. We predict big things for Audie at NPR!

The newly reconstituted gang kicks off the week's festivities by discussing a show that otherwise doesn't inspire many uses of the word "festivities": the serial-killer/immigration drama The Bridge, which is about a month into its initial 13-episode run on FX. We talk about its setting (the border towns of El Paso and Juarez, and the titular bridge that connects them), its central conflict (a serial killer is on the loose, and he's got a political agenda), and the mismatched cops (Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir) who must work to solve the case amid countless obstacles.

Then it's on to the recent announcement of Doctor Who's new leading man, Peter Capaldi, and the many variations between actors who've played this and other iconic roles. The discussion takes us through not only Doctor Who, but also Star Trek, Spider-Man, James Bond, Hamlet, soap operas, race in casting, joy and joylessness, and more.

And, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy. Glen is keen on this documentary about people who specialize in an especially fancy pursuit. Trey praises this video and this video and a joke-friendly recent news event. Audie, like all NPR hosts, is psyched about the return of this venerated television franchise. And I sing the praises of a marvelous meet-and-greet in Brooklyn, as well as video footage of a nerd-themed pep talk.

Find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter: me, Audie, Glen, Trey, producer Lauren Migaki, absent Linda, and our esteemed producer emeritus and music director, Mike Katzif.

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