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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Tech Week That Was: Health Site Stumbling, Twitter's Roots

Oct 11, 2013
Originally published on October 18, 2013 11:53 am

It's Friday, which means we're rounding up the tech headlines and our NPR coverage of technology and culture this week.


By far our most popular piece this week was about a trip we took to the National Radio Quiet Zone (yes, it is a thing) in West Virginia. It's a 13,000-square-mile area in which residents don't have cellphone or Wi-Fi, because they're banned. Have a listen or check out the gorgeous photos from inside the zone. And as you can see from his tweet, Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep remembers the quiet zone quite well — he was there, on a pay phone, in 2001.

Also on the airwaves, Laura Sydell explained another cool new use of 3-D printers: printing your own classical art piece at home.

Reported on the blog: It turns out the team at BitTorrent was behind those mysterious NSA billboards; we unlock our phones hundreds of times a day; and Emily Siner helped choose and write about our Weekly Innovation, a vibrating ice pack that helps take the sting out of getting shots.

The Big Conversation

Technology and policy mixed for a situation that led to some serious technological failures for, the main federal site for people to sign up for the new health care exchanges. For All Things Considered, I looked at the systemic government contracting issues that led to the hiring and build out of glitchy IT behemoths, and so did The Washington Post. The Post's Tim Lee also showed this stunning chart that illustrates why the system has been nearly impossible for many Americans to get through. The rocky rollout led blogger Andrew Sullivan to wonder why Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hasn't been fired yet.

Also this week, Twitter continued to dominate the chatter. Not only does the Twitter board's lack-of-women conversation — and backlash — continue; The New York Times Magazine excerpted a forthcoming book about Twitter's early days. Valleywag sums it up it this way: "[Founder] Jack Dorsey screwed his friends at Twitter."

What Caught Our Eye

BuzzFeed: The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm

While we're all talking Twitter lately, BuzzFeed did a great job reconstructing Twitter user outrage when "someone, somewhere does something bad."

Nieman Lab: Joi Ito On What News Orgs Could Learn From Tech Companies About Innovation

The venture capitalist and director of the MIT Media Lab compares the worlds of media and technology and offers some compelling ways to think about the road ahead for news organizations.

The New York Times: Google Sets Plan To Sell Users' Endorsements

Google's updated terms of service allow the company "to include adult users' names, photos and comments in ads shown across the Web, based on ratings, reviews and posts they have made on Google Plus and other Google services like YouTube." Many Facebook users objected when that company started a similar program.

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