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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Tech Week That Was: Brogrammers, New iPhones, Twitter IPO

Sep 13, 2013
Originally published on September 13, 2013 10:11 pm

Not a slow news week in the world of technology and culture. But as we do each Friday, we've collected the stories you might have missed from NPR and our friends in the tech reporting universe.

We usually separate the week's big conversations from what you might have missed on NPR, but since we covered the major topics of conversation, here's one big roundup:

This week started with a landmark case on net neutrality before a D.C. federal court — we laid out the issues here on All Tech. Tuesday, Apple announced new iPhones and Steve Henn explained the implications of the new iPhone 5s' finger scan "On" button. Our Weekly Innovation this week is Sprayable Energy, a topical caffeine spray that the creator says will give you steady stimulation instead of the energy roller coaster of a cup of joe.

On the air, Laura Sydell reported for Morning Edition Twitter's news that it would soon go public, and we considered some of the ways it will make money. Steve reported on the life-logging possibilities of smart watches, Laura reminded us that smart watches are actually an "old" innovation, and I explored the "brogrammer," sometimes sexist culture in Silicon Valley.

The gender problem in tech got a huge stage when TechCrunch Disrupt was disrupted by a pair of offensive apps. (One of them, Titstare, makes it easy to share photos of yourself staring at breasts.) The next day, Business Insider's CTO was forced out after his long-running misogynistic, racist and downright absurd tweets got wide notice. I covered the issue on All Things Considered, and on the blog, we featured ideas from guys and gals on how to address cultural problems.

What Else Caught Our Eye

Google: Galapagos Island on Street View

If you can't get to Ecuador's gorgeous islands in real life, you can now explore the striking landscape on Google Street View. Makes me want to get a ticket for South America, ASAP.

New app: Fantasy Buzzer

Your NPR tech reporting team happens to be full of NFL fans, so we've been pretty psyched that football is back. So here's a fantasy football app that could help you track your team. It's called Fantasy Buzzer, and it scans your team and immediately starts sending you news and tweets about your players and making recommendations on whom to pick up and trade.

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