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."

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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: Pop Culture That Makes Us Cry And Somali Pirates

Oct 18, 2013
Originally published on October 18, 2013 11:44 am

This week, forced to make do without a vacationing Glen Weldon, we happily called upon our pal and periodic PCHH contributor Chris Klimek. We also happily called upon the reckless and ruthless display of emotion for a show about crying. You'll hear some of the songs, movie scenes, and more songs (seriously, it's pretty song-heavy) that get us every time, and perhaps you'll cry a little bit, too. I'll play some sacred music, Stephen will rattle off a list as long as your arm (he's like that), Chris will give you a couple of selections from a favorite director, and Trey will bring the high art.

But before that even happens, you'll hear a segment about the new film Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, Tom Hanks' accent, a terrific young Somali actor, Catherine Keener, and possibly not Catherine Keener's hair, maybe? We'll chat about suspense, boat chases, veracity, bravery, and lots more. (And Boston accents, of course.)

As always, we close the show with what's making us happy this week. Stephen is happy about an appearance on NPR's quiz show Ask Me Another, and he's unsurprised to find himself delighted by a film franchise that he now officially loves almost as much as Kung Fu Panda. Trey is happy about the annotation game, and he's happy as well about a theater-related video and a new book. Chris is happy about a podcast we've praised many times and also a museum exhibit. And I am continuing to bang the drum for my favorite new fall comedy series, which I encourage you to check out.

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

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