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: Requested Reboots And 'Duck Dynasty'

Sep 13, 2013

With intrepid host Linda Holmes trapped in the air-conditioned movie theaters of Toronto, the Pop Culture Happy Hour gang was forced to reconstitute itself yet again for this week's episode — this time with our old pal Tanya Ballard Brown, who returns via the power of popular demand. You talk, we listen, people.

First off, inspired by the none-too-promising RoboCop trailer — that is to say, the trailer for the RoboCop reboot due out in February — we take a trip around the table to discuss movies and movie franchises we wouldn't mind seeing resuscitated. Naturally, this often entails us diving into movies and movie franchises we just plain love: Trey Graham picked this one (SHOCKER), Tanya picked this one, I picked this one, and Glen put more thought into this exercise than everyone else combined (as is his wont), and thus picked this one, after a quick throwback to an old PCHH favorite.

Then it's on to a discussion of the A&E reality series Duck Dynasty, whose Season Four premiere enjoyed record-breaking ratings last month. Based on the lives of Louisiana's multi-generational Robertson clan — several of whom preside over a successful duck-call business — the show inspires the gang to talk about depictions of the South (complete with Trey and Tanya's competing Carolina accents), depictions of loving families on TV, and depictions of reality itself.

And, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week. Trey is happy about a pending reboot we didn't discuss earlier in the episode, plus a forthcoming movie adaptation of a Glen Weldon favorite. Glen loves a recent-vintage YouTube sensation, as well as a predecessor by the same act. Tanya returns, yet again, once more, to a familiar object of her affection, including a possible prequel to a TV show she admires. And I finally got around to watching a TV show everyone else on earth already loves, and sing the praises of a new album by a band everyone else on earth ought to love going forward.

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

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