Oct. 16, 2019: Excessive Police Force; Coroners And Mass Shootings
The shooting and death of Atatiana Jefferson at the hands of a police officer in Fort Worth — mere weeks after Amber Guyger's murder conviction for killing Botham Jean in Dallas — is highlighting the role fear and racial stereotypes often play in police officers' decision to use lethal force. Also, two years have passed since the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip left 58 people dead and hundreds wounded. Host Tonya Mosley speaks with head coroner for Clark County, Nevada, about how coroners face the trauma of mass shootings.
Oct. 16, 2019: Zombie Homes Haunt Cleveland; Pulse Nightclub Memorial Controversy
A decade after the nationwide housing collapse, thousands of "zombie homes" are still vacant, abandoned and crumbling in the suburbs outside of Cleveland. Host Robin Young toured one east Cleveland neighborhood with a city councilman to find out why. Also, three years after a gunman killed 49 people in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, plans to build a memorial and museum are moving forward — but not without controversy. Danielle Prieur from WMFE reports.
Last year, insurance payouts caused by climate-related events totaled $2.4 trillion worldwide. The Economist reporter Matthieu Favas recently wrote about the issue and joins host Robin Young to discuss. Also, a quarter of the nation's homeless population is in California, with many cities struggling to deal with the problem. The city of Bakersfield has seen a 50% increase in homelessness in the last year. Host Tonya Mosley has the report.
Oct. 14, 2019: Living Funerals; Drug Resistance Technology
Living funerals are held for those who are still alive but nearing death. Author Mary-Elizabeth Williams speaks about her experience attending her friend's living funeral. Also, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 2 million Americans get drug-resistant infections every year. Of those, about 23,000 die. A new diagnostic tool that identifies bacteria quickly, at a genetic level, might help patients and fight antibiotic resistance.
Oct. 14, 2019: The Economics Of Climate Change; Latino Voters In Texas
The Latino vote is still up for grabs by both parties in Texas, and it could play a decisive role in the 2020 presidential election. We talk with the lead author of a new report from the University of Houston that takes on some common misconceptions about Latino Republican voters in Texas. Also, climate activist and journalist Naomi Klein says the real inconvenient truth is that fixing climate change requires major economic change. Host Robin Young speaks with Klein about her new book "On Fire: The Burning Case for a ...