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Where do we stand, a week after Charlottesville?

Coming up on today's show: After the violence on display last weekend at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, The Takeaway has a look at the news stories that helped frame the media coverage of where the nation stands after such a pivotal week. Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today, and New York Daily News columnist Shaun King join the discussion. On Thursday afternoon, a terrorist attack struck Barcelona, when a van drove into pedestrians walking along Las Ramblas, a popular tourist boulevard. At least 13 died and scores of others were injured. And early Friday morning, police fatally shot five attackers in Cambrils, a coastal town 70 miles south of Barcelona, after the assailants drove a car into pedestrians, killing at least one and injuring several others. Fiona Govan, editor for The Local, Spain, joins The Takeaway with updates from the ground. After the violence in Charlottesville over the weekend, professional black athletes like LeBron James took to social media to speak out. Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation magazine and host of The Edge of Sports podcast, says black athletes have long shouldered the burden of speaking out against racism, and it's time for white athletes to stand up as well. It's Friday, and that means movie reviews Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday and The Takeaway, drops by to discuss Steven Soderbergh's heist film, "Lucky Logan," and the comedic drama "Patti Cake$." Under the stewardship of President Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar has continued to make strides toward its goal of democratizing what's long been a military dictatorship. But persistent persecution from the military has made life unbearable for the 1.5 million Rohingya, Myanmar's largest Muslim minority. Tun Khin, the president of the Burmese Rohingya Organization UK, and Dan Sullivan, senior advocate for human rights at Refugees International, have the story. On Monday, August 21, 2017 a strip of the country will experience several moments of darkness as the moon passes between the Earth and the sun in a total solar eclipse. While the exact time and path of an eclipse is completely predictable, it still can be an unnerving experience, says John Dvorak, author of "Mask of The Sun: The Science, History, and Forgotten Lore of Eclipses." This episode is hosted by Todd Zwillich.

What does it mean to be anti-facist when you're antifa?

Coming up on today's show: Antifa, short for "anti-fascist," is a loosely-organized, wide amalgamation of leftist activists whose expressed purpose is to stand up against white supremacy and Nazism. Peter Beinart, a contributing editor for The Atlantic who has reported extensively on antifa, provides a short history of the movement, and what role it may have had in Charlottesville. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump disbanded his Manufacturing Council and Strategy and Policy Forum after several business leaders resigned, due to the president's handling of the situation in Charlottesville. Sheelah Kolhatkar, a staff writer at The New Yorker, explains. Recent reports from aid groups show that hundreds of migrants, many of them traveling from the Horn of Africa to Yemen, have been thrown overboard by smugglers, a devastating development in what is already on track to be the deadliest year on record for migrant crossings. William Lacy Swing, director general of the International Organization for Migration, weighs in. There are hundreds of people missing, and hundreds more dead in Sierra Leone, after massive mudslides decimated the capital city of Freetown. The city is close to sea level and has a poor drainage system, and deforestation has exacerbated the consequences of flooding and mudslides, according to Jaime Yaya Barry, a researcher for the West and Central Africa bureaus of The New York Times. Amnesty International reports that there have been dozens of police killings of suspected drug dealers in Indonesia, leading some to fear that a policy in the Philippines could be spreading to neighboring countries. Phelim Kine, deputy director of the Asia division at Human Rights Watch, reflects on the violence. This year, the Labor Department is taking G Farms in El Mirage, Arizona, to court over accusations that it has underpaid and inadequately housed some of its workers who are here on temporary visas known as H2As. For a look at the suit, The Takeaway turns to Philip Martin of the Migration Policy Institute. Indie rock band Spoon, formed in 1993 by lead singer and guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno, are currently on tour promoting their ninth studio album, "Hot Thoughts." Daniel discusses the group's work and creative process today on The Takeaway. This episode is hosted by Todd Zwillich.

"Where's the point that's too far?"

Coming up on today's show: During a tense press conference on Tuesday, President Donald Trump walked back his comments condemning the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend, saying that counter-protesters demonstrating against neo-Nazis and white supremacists were also to blame. His comments stunned and angered many Democrats and Republicans, including Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ). He weighs in today on The Takeaway, along with Trump supporters Kenneth Lanci and Kevin Lonie. On Wednesday, trade negotiators representing Canada, the United States, and Mexico will meet in Washington to begin the process of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Matt Gold, an adjunct professor of law at Fordham University and a former deputy assistant U.S. trade representative for North America, explains what you should expect. We take a closer look at who has gained and lost from NAFTA, particularly in the area of agriculture, with Karen Hansen-Kuhn, director of Trade and Global Governance at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. On Monday, a California-based web hosting provider, DreamHost, revealed that the Department of Justice issued a warrant seeking access to "all information available" about a website that facilitated Inauguration Day protests. Opponents, including DreamHost, say this request for 1.3 million web IP addresses is a violation of the Constitution. Nuala O'Connor, president and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology, has the details. Overnight, Confederate monuments in the city of Baltimore were quietly removed, following violence that broke out in neighboring Virginia. As more cities plan statue removals, Vann Newkirk, a writer for The Atlantic, discusses the significance of these monuments, and their removals. Harry Leslie Smith, a veteran of World War II, recalls the warning signs of war decades ago when he was a young teenager, and says the same "omens of doom" are rearing their head today. This episode is hosted by Todd Zwillich.

"Wake up. You're a pawn." A former skinhead's message to the alt-right.

Coming up on today's show: The Southern Poverty Law Center has been documenting hate groups in the U.S. for decades. From 2015 to 2016, the organization saw a rise in the number of those groups operating in the U.S. Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, which tracks far right groups in the U.S., joins The Takeaway to break down the state of white supremacist groups in America, and The Takeaway also hears from to Timothy Zaal, a former skinhead and current speaker at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Today, Alabama primary voters will select a new candidate that may go on to fill the seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but there's more to this election than meets the eye. Alan Blinder, who writes about the South for The New York Times, weighs in. Vice President Mike Pence is on a week-long trip across Latin America that will take him to Colombia, Argentina, Chile, and Panama. The vice president's trip is intended to focus on trade and the economy, but diplomatic pressure on Venezuela will likely overshadow the visit. Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Council of the Americas and Americas Society, explains. Blues legends Taj Mahal and Keb Mo have been on the scene for decades, playing together on stage countless times. Earlier this year, the two released their first collaboration album, "TajMo." Nowdays, they're taking a different approach to the blues — they say this music is meant to uplift in a political and cultural climate that often weighs people down. This episode is hosted by Todd Zwillich.

"Can only non-white people be terrorists?"

Coming up on today's show: Over the weekend, a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent. Aryn Frazier was at the protests on Saturday, and watched much of the chaos unfold. She's an undergraduate student at University of Virginia, and a 2017 Rhodes Scholar. She shares her experience today on The Takeaway. Unite the Right, the white nationalist group behind Saturday's rally, publicly chose to organize in opposition to the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. After the violent rally, Lexington, Kentucky Mayor Jim Gray has decided to speed up the process to remove two of his city's Confederate monuments. He explains his decision today. A.D. Carson is a professor of hip hop at the University of Virginia, a position he moved into just this summer. When Carson was earning his Ph.D. at Clemson University, he worked actively with Clemson students, faculty, staff, and community members to raise awareness of historic and entrenched racism at the university, something he's hoping to do as he joins the university of Virginia. EclipseMob is a crowdsourced effort to conduct the largest-ever low-frequency radio wave propagation experiment during the 2017 solar eclipse. K.C. Kerby-Patel, an assistant professor in the Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and hardware team director for EclipseMob, discusses the group's project ahead of next week's total solar eclipse. Late last week, President Donald Trump continued to escalate his rhetoric against North Korea, saying the U.S. military was "locked and loaded" and prepared for engagement. The Takeaway explores dynamic between the U.S. and North Korea, and how it might evolve in the coming weeks, with Christine Wormuth, director of the Resilience Center at the Atlantic Council, and a former Undersecretary of Defense. Andrea Ritchie has been studying police violence against women of color for more than two decades and has compiled an extensive database documenting incidents of police violence against women of color. She's a police misconduct attorney and author of the new book "Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color." This episode is hosted by Todd Zwillich.

The Best of John Hockenberry

John Hockenberry has been the heart and host of The Takeaway from its inception nearly 10 years ago. While The Takeaway will march forward, John is moving on to find his next media adventure. Over the last decade, John, a multiple Peabody and Emmy Award winner, has crafted too many memorable and moving stories to list. But here are a few favorites, chosen by John and The Takeaway team

John Hockenberry: My Takeaway

Coming up on today's show: Between the 2016 election and the constant tweet stream from President Donald Trump, late night comedians have plenty of material to work with. But is this golden moment of satire losing its luster? It's a question explored in the latest issue of The Point magazine. Jon Baskin, one of the founding editors of The Point, weighs in. Charlotte Salomon was a German painter killed at Auschwitz in 1943 at the age of 26. Her tragic life story has largely overshadowed her work. This year marks the 100th anniversary of her birth, and three major books of her work are set to be published, along with the first exhibition of all her work. Mary Felstiner, a professor of history at San Francisco State University and author of "To Paint Her Life: Charlotte Salomon in the Nazi Era," weighs in. Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday and The Takeaway, drops by to review the big new releases hitting the box office this weekend, including "The Glass Castle," a family drama; the dance documentary "Step"; the horror film "Annabelle: Creation"; and the animated sequel "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature." Photographer Sarah Takako created the "Hope Is Project" as a way to understand the nature of hope. Her goal is to inspire a global conversation about hope. Along with Takako, Drew Faithful, a transgender male, talks about his participation in the project and his vision of hope. Part of what makes The Takeaway The Takeaway is the way the show sounds. Jay Cowit, technical director of The Takeaway, sat down with John Hockenberry to discuss the things that have worked and helped to define a show that thinks outside of the sound of traditional public radio, and the things that haven't. For nearly 10 years, John Hockenberry has been the voice of The Takeaway. On his last day as host of the program, John looks back on his tenure with the show, and how it's changed and evolved over the last decade.

The Firm Grasp of Inequality, A Caregiver's Struggle, Musician Jack Grace

Coming up on today's show: According to a new study, income gains for the middle class have stayed relatively stagnant since 1980. Nobel Prize-winning economist Angus Deaton discusses how inequality has created two Americas. Gregg Fore, president of Dicor Corp., a manufacturer and distributor of components that are used in RVs, has open jobs, but he just can fill them. As the opioid crisis reaches a critical level, workers are having a hard time passing drug tests, and this trend is having a broader effect on businesses. Andrew Cohen, senior editor at The Marshall Project and the author of Case in Point, looks at the case of Victor Rosario, a man who spent 32 years in prison for a deadly fire. Cohen explains why his conviction was ultimately overturned. Former Republican California State Assembly Leader Pat Nolan is a conservative was once a staunch law and order and tough on crime politician. Nolan, who is currently the director of The American Conservative Union, changed his tune on prison reform after finding himself behind bars for two years. As The Takeaway says goodbye to John Hockenberry, we revisit the story of Bernice Osborne Pollard, a Boston-area caregiver, who along with her family, once cared for her mother Mary at home. Mary, who had Alzheimer's, died last year. Bernice's story highlights the difficult challenges that millions of caregivers face. Musician and singer Jack Grace joins the program to discuss his latest studio album, "Everything I Say is a Lie," looks back at his time as a regular on The Takeaway.

The Firm Grasp of Inequality, A Caregiver's Struggle, Musician Jack Grace

A plea to "cool it" with the "fire and fury."

Coming up on today's show: Tension between the United States and North Korea has reached a fever pitch, with President Donald Trump saying Tuesday that the Asian nation will be "met with fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it continues to threaten America. In response, North Korea said it is "carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam." Joel Wit, a senior fellow at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Jefferson Cronin of Guam Public Radio, analyze the crisis at hand. The Trump Administration has greatly stepped up U.S. support for Syrian forces that are trying to drive out ISIS fighters from the city of Raqqa, but is there any hope of peace in Syria? Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for BuzzFeed News, discusses his recent reporting from Raqqa. Female activists in Syria are attempting to use the disruption and displacement of the war to grow a stronger female society in the country that can disrupt patriarchal norms and create a place for women in the center of the rebuilding process. Maria Al Abdeh, founder and director of Women Now, an organization led by Syrian women, explains. On Saturday, the city of New Orleans was hit by a torrential downpour, leading to flooding for the second time in two weeks. New Orleans city council members have questioned the efficiency of the city's pumping operations, which has forced one official to retire. Jessica Rosgaard, flood recovery editor for WWNO in New Orleans, joins The Takeaway to examine the city's response to last weekend's storm. What happens when victims of crime face the people who hurt them? Danielle Sered has been helping to carve a new way forward through her program Common Justice, a project of the VERA Institute that helps find alternatives to incarceration by having victims of violence talk face-to-face with their assailants. How much has our understanding and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder really evolved? Two veterans who served in two different wars — Marine Corpsman Douglas Howell served in Vietnam and Air Force Captain Mary McGriff served in Iraq — share their remarkably similar experiences of coming to terms with PTSD.

The remorseful executioner.

Coming up on today's show: After an attack at a Venezuelan army base left two dead over the weekend, President Nicolás Maduro has vowed to impose the maximum punishment on the assailants. The Takeaway explores the crisis in Venezuela and the role the U.S. is playing in the region with Alejandro Velasco, a author of "Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela," and Ana Vanessa Herrero, a Caracas-based reporter for The New York Times. Trump Administration is moving to make it impossible to take nursing homes to court. Remington Gregg, counsel for civil justice and consumer rights at Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy organization, explains. Kenyans head to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new president. There are significant concerns about whether Kenya will be able to hold safe and credible elections after a senior election official was recently found dead. Wairimu Gitahi, founder of Mediatwenty Productions, says Kenya's democracy has gotten much stronger since violent elections of the past, but people are still wary today. On Tuesday, Detroit will hold its mayoral primary — the first election since the city exited bankruptcy in 2014. Incumbent Mayor Mike Duggan is leading in the polls alongside State Senator Coleman Young II. What are Detroit residents hoping to get out of this election? Quinn Klinefelter, senior news editor for WDET, weighs in. Glenn Martin, president and founder of JustLeadershipUSA, is dedicated to cutting the U.S. correctional population in half by 2030. Martin, who spent six years in a New York state prison in the '90s, has been a long-time advocate for prison reform. He uses his own experiences as a formerly incarcerated inmate to bring attention to his mission. Frank Thompson is the former superintendent of the Oregon State Penitentiary where he oversaw and conducted the execution of two inmates. He now works as an advocate against the death penalty, and shares his story today on The Takeaway.

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