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: Jodie Foster's Accent, Fall TV, And Other Masterpieces

Aug 16, 2013

I am very happy to be back this week after being gone for two episodes (thank you to Audie Cornish, Gene Demby and Kat Chow for being great while I was gone).

We then turn our attention to Neill Blomkamp's Elysium, a film that all of us found intriguing as an idea, but that none of us found entirely satisfying as a story. We talk about the challenges of combining an income-inequality allegory with a story about a hero in peril, the differences and similarities between this film and Blomkamp's District 9, and whether we could understand where Jodie Foster's accent was about.

After that, we talk about fall television, since I did just finish two weeks hearing all about it. I mention a couple of panels that were great and one or two that weren't so great, and we look forward to a couple of shows you might want to pay attention to.

And as always, we close with what's making us happy this week. Stephen talks about a new song he was very excited to hear, as well as a video that hit close to home. (And by "hit," we mean "hugged.") Trey brought us a video as well, this time from a very fine man with a very dark theory. Glen found a very unexpected piece of sound that brought something to life that he thought he knew very well. And I talk about two different shows that I mainlined during my time in California, both of which have the word "Black" in the title.

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

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