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: 'Gravity' And The Thrill Of The Fiasco

Oct 11, 2013

I cannot lie: I love this week's podcast very much, and only partly because I got to include a song I probably haven't heard in over 20 years and got our special guest Gene Demby to reveal one of those little things that makes him apoplectic.

We start with a discussion of Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, a film that's visually gorgeous but about which we had some script questions. (Regular listeners might be surprised by which of the bald men in the room has the most questions, however.) We talk about Sandra Bullock pro and con, George Clooney cowboy and not, and the importance of angular momentum.

And then ... oh, then, we jump into the world of fiasco, the result of ambition that exceeds competency or reality — or, as Glen says in one case, geography and physics. I strongly encourage you not to spoil yourself on the fiascoes we choose until you listen to them emerge yourself, but if you must know, Glen's are this, this, and this; Gene's is this, Stephen's is this, and mine is the amazing ... this.

As always, we close with what's making us happy this week. For Glen, it's a book to which he contributed and a podcast he's been enjoying. (Shocker, right?) Gene has been enjoying the return of Scandal, of course, but what he talks about with us is also a podcast. Stephen is happy about a band whose new song makes him happy and yet also sad, because that's his ideal state. And I am happy about a show I saw last week as well as my continuing travels in games (we taped on Monday, before I had this lovely evening with Journey; you can hear Glen quietly encouraging me to keep playing).

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

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