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How science and counterterrorism are reinventing US police interrogations

May 27, 2016
Lucy Nicholson

You’ve seen it in nearly every police movie. There’s a small, smoke-filled room, and a single bare lightbulb shines down from the ceiling. Two overworked and overtired detectives assume the roles of good cop and bad cop, and they break down a suspect with psychological games until he cracks.

As it turns out, this clichéd Hollywood script has roots in the real world.

After two weeks of massive lines at airport security checkpoints across the country, the Transportation Safety Administration has replaced Kelly Hoggan, the TSA's top security official.

Democrats splintering over DNC chief?

May 23, 2016
Jim Young/Reuters

For months, the Republican Party seemed to be splintering apart as Donald Trump inched closer to the GOP nomination. But now it’s the Democratic Party that is struggling to unify.

Courtesy of Lachowitz and Fonville

North Carolina's controversial HB2 ordinance — commonly referred to as the "bathroom bill" — prohibits transgender people from using public restrooms that correspond with their gender identities. The law has tangible consequences for the bodies and souls of transgender people in the state, says Erica Lachowitz, a transgender woman in Charlotte.

The advancement of A.I. has the potential to fundamentally change how we solve problems

May 19, 2016

"If you control the code, you control the world," security adviser Marc Goodman said in a 2012 a TED Talk. But what happens when humans no longer control the code?

Iconic feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem has been an outspoken champion of women's rights for more than five decades, and at age 82, she's showing no signs of slowing down.

Steinem is the host and executive producer of the new VICELAND series "Woman," which traces the link between violence against women and social instability across the globe.

If Donald Trump were a woman

Apr 30, 2016
Joe Skipper/Reuters

Earlier this week, Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of playing “the woman card.”

“If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she'd get 5 percent of the vote,” he said during a primary night victory speech at Trump Tower.

That got me wondering. What would the Trump life experience and campaign look like if he were a woman? A few thoughts come to mind:

  1. If Trump were a woman, he would have to break the greatest glass ceiling in American politics without being too demanding, loud, unladylike, or smart.

Veteran: Trump could throw the military into 'crisis'

Apr 29, 2016
Aaron Josefczyk/Reuters

On Wednesday, Donald Trump attempted to lay out an "America first" foreign policy plan at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

“Our foreign policy is a complete and total disaster: No vision, no purpose, no direction, no strategy,” Trump said.

Trump departed from his off-the-cuff style. With the help of a teleprompter, he laid out his vision for America’s economic and national security, and the buildup of the US military.

California prisons struggle to adapt to desegregation

Apr 27, 2016
The WORLD Channel/via The Takeaway

Prisons all over America are seeing a new era of rapid, radical change. But things were different just a decade ago.

The tricky business of love, race and white privilege

Apr 26, 2016

Is love colorblind? According to the US Census Bureau, there are more than 5.3 million interracial and interethnic couples in the United States, and that number continues to grow.

Though the modern couple is growing more and more diverse, conversations about race and relationships can still be complicated.

Gov. Jan Brewer: Trump is a 'breath of fresh air'

Apr 21, 2016
Sam Mircovich/Reuters

Donald Trump was counting on New York primary voters to boost his delegate count, and they didn't fail to deliver: The billionaire businessman won over 60.5 percent of Republican voters on Tuesday night.

Though Trump is ahead in the delegate count, if he does not secure the nomination in the first round at his party's convention in Cleveland this summer, the delegates he's won are free to vote for another candidate in the second round.

Gary Cameron/Reuters

For decades, US presidents and Saudi Arabian kings have welcomed one another to their respective homes in Riyadh and Washington. The Saudis have provided the US with a reliable and cheap flow of oil since the 1970s, and have supported US policies in the Middle East for years — from the containment of Iran to support in Syria today.

Dungeons and Dragons has been part of the pop culture canon for decades. But when it gained popularity in the 1980s, several Christian organizations accused the game of leading children to Satanism, says Bonnie Bertram, a producer with the Retro Report documentary team.

Why a Holocaust survivor's violin has taken on a life of its own

Apr 15, 2016

Joseph Feingold was walking through a German flea market with his brother in 1947 when he first laid eyes on it: A sleek, shiny violin. Then just 23 years old, he knew he had to own it.

“We got the violin for a carton of cigarettes,” he says. “I walked the streets and I played the violin. It reminded me of my young years before the war.”

Setsuko Winchester

The world was in a dark place in 1941. While Americans remained committed to isolationism, much of Europe had fallen to the German Army, and Great Britain was barely hanging on.

Then came President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” speech.  

The 'Damsels of Design,' women who changed automotive history

Apr 12, 2016
General Motors Design Archive & Special Collections/Courtesy

For all of the horror that emerged from the WWII, there were some bright spots: With the men out fighting, women were brought into the workplace.

In the mid 1950s, a visionary executive believed women could have a lasting impact on the automobile industry. Harley J. Earl, then the vice president of design at General Motors, introduced “The Damsels of Design,” a group of industrial designers.

Meet the man who spent 10 days with ISIS and lived to tell about it

Apr 9, 2016

Few individuals have gotten close to the self-proclaimed Islamic State and lived to tell about it. Journalist and author Jürgen Todenhöfer is one of them. 

“I lived with them. Sometimes we slept on the same floor — there was just a Kalashnikov between us,” he says.

How the #EverydaySexism project empowers women

Apr 7, 2016
The Takeaway

The 21st century has been an awakening on many levels. While the feminist movement continues to gain steam, the idea of true gender equality remains an abstraction. It’s a simple truth that the Everyday Sexism Project is trying to capture.

Why is Trump winning? He's selling glamour – not policy

Mar 22, 2016
Joe Skipper/Reuters

Despite all the negativity and mudslinging, Donald Trump's campaign message is ultimately one of vague optimism.

"We are going to start winning again, and we’re going to win so much — you are gonna be so happy," he said after securing victory in the New Hampshire primary in February. "We are going to make America so great again, maybe greater than ever before.”

It almost sounds like a commercial, doesn’t it? If you vote for Trump, you’ll be rewarded with a life of prosperity and happiness. No need to worry about the details.  

In the days before and immediately after Donald Trump declared his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, I refused to talk about him on the air.

Ahead of his run, Trump had spent several years as the public face of the "Birther" movement. Despite available evidence, he openly questioned President Obama's place of birth, his citizenship and religion, and ultimately his legitimacy. This cynical sop to racists guaranteed that Trump stayed on TV and in the news as he built a constituency for what was then his special brand of carnival-style conspiratorial politics.