Oct. 18, 2019: Nicotine In E-Cigarettes; Venezuela Update
Juul announced it will stop selling its fruity flavored e-cigarettes, but high nicotine levels are also why they are so addictive. Dr. Anne Melzer joins us to discuss what doctors are saying about a proposed cap on nicotine in e-cigarettes. And, nine months after political turmoil began in Venezuela, crippling U.S. sanctions have been impacting the lives of people in the country. Host Tonya Mosley talks with journalist Emiliana Duarte who is on the ground there.
Oct. 18, 2019: Tax On Menstrual Products; 'The Cave' Syria Documentary
On average, people who menstruate spend an estimated $150 million dollars a year just on the sales tax for pads and tampons. We talk with an activist about the legal fight to end the so-called tampon tax and the nation's first-ever Period Day. Plus, National Geographic will release a documentary on Friday called "The Cave" about an underground hospital in a suburb of Damascus that was bombed by the Syrian government. Host Peter O'Dowd talks to Oscar-nominated filmmaker Feras Fayyad about his documentary.
Oct. 17, 2019: 'Looking For Alaska' On Hulu; Decommissioning Chemical Weapons
John Green's young adult novel "Looking for Alaska" is now a limited TV series on Hulu. Host Robin Young speaks with Green and Josh Schwartz, the show's co-executive producer and showrunner. Also, hundreds of thousands of chemical weapons at an Army depot in Colorado must be destroyed under an international treaty, but environmental concerns have delayed that until now. Michael de Yoanna with member station KUNC has the story.
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.