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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Editor's note: This report contains accounts of rape, violence and other disturbing events.

Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to, on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Cancellation Blues And Cultural Etiquette

May 17, 2013

To mark network upfronts week, we talk in this episode about the cancellation of shows, including the ones that came and went that we honestly can hardly remember as well as the ones — like ABC's delightful, hilarious Happy Endings — that break our hearts. We cover the issue of disappointed fans, consider the possibility of shows resurfacing elsewhere, and hear an absolutely amazing story from Glen that you would not believe if I attempted to summarize it. (He mentions an IMDB page that you really have to see in order to see how funny that part of the story is.)

And then we delve into a topic brought to us by a listener on our Facebook page: the etiquette of viewing and listening and attending. Are you allowed to talk to someone while watching TV with him? Are you allowed to text at the movies? What is the etiquette of being tall at concerts? How about saving seats?

If you think this all sounds like it would make for some hot debates, you would be right.

As always, we close the show with what's making us happy this week. Stephen is happy about this site (which is wonderful and welcome) returning after a long hiatus, as well as an art piece and an album he loved. Trey is happy about a welcome retreat and a welcome return to the public consciousness for a perhaps underappreciated figure. Glen is happy about one of the same things he's so frequently happy about, but also about a podcast that he hasn't ever talked about before (believe it or not). I am happy about an intriguing trailer for a fall show as well as a wonderful new TV site (and this feature, and this one) about which I am not objective at all. (But I am right.)

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

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