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Leaders, listen up.

There are characteristics of an employee with great potential you’re likely overlooking. Like vulnerability. And empathy. And exploring these traits within yourself makes you a better leader, too.

So says researcher Brené Brown in her newest book called “Dare To Lead.” It’s about the potential for what she calls “brave leadership” and helping employees let their guard down to be themselves in the workplace.

Sixteen Shots. Four Years. One Conviction.

Oct 9, 2018

On Friday, Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was convicted for murder in the second degree for the 2014 killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke was also convicted of 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, one count for each time he shot at McDonald.

Find a thread of the whole proceedings here, from WBEZ.

The State We're In: Redistricting

Oct 8, 2018

Over and over, one of our most-requested shows is a look at redistricting and gerrymandering efforts. So we’re tackling it on the state level for the second edition of our series, “The State We’re In.”

For example, in North Carolina, even though a judge has ruled that their electoral map is unconstitutionally gerrymandered for partisan reasons, there won’t be enough time to redraw the state’s map before elections in November.

From NPR:

Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi is a columnist for The Washington Post. But over the weekend, Turkish police said they believed that Saudi forces killed and dismembered Khashoggi inside their consulate in Turkey.

Khashoggi became a vocal critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (also known as MBS), who has tried to portray himself as a reformer.

After an intense and complicated nomination process, Brett Kavanaugh is now a Supreme Court justice. He was sworn in on Oct. 6. After a long speech on the Senate floor, Senator Susan Collins of Maine voted to confirm Kavanaugh, with Senator Joe Manchin quickly announcing that he would also vote to confirm him.

On Thursday night, The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Kavanaugh which responded to some of the criticisms of his testimony on September 27.

With guest host Todd Zwilich.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, the White House announced that the FBI completed its investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Today, senators and a few staff members will review the material.

From The New York Times:

With guest host Todd Zwilich.

The political divide in our country might be stark, but it’s not a recent phenomenon.

How did we get here?

Political correspondent Steve Kornacki has a theory. In his new book, The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism, he traces the origin story back several decades, to when Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich climbed to the top of their respective parties.

With guest host Todd Zwilich.

Just a few years ago, international observers touted Brazil as the next big success story out of South America. The country was selected to host the 2014 FIFA Men’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, turning global attention to the beautiful beaches of Rio de Janeiro.

All of this happened in conjunction with extreme political unrest in Brazil. President Dilma Rousseff was impeached in 2016.

What Amazon Adds To The Fight For $15

Oct 3, 2018

On Tuesday, Amazon announced it will raise its minimum wage to $15 for its employees across the U.S.

It’s the latest move in the Fight for $15, a movement catalyzed by fast-food workers who went on strike in New York City six years ago.

From Vox:

A song by Solange Knowles goes like this: “Man, this s**t is draining / But I’m really not allowed to be mad.”

We need only to look at Serena Williams’ penalization at the U.S. Open to know that there is a double standard regarding women’s anger and men’s.

From Bustle:

You are not alone.

That’s been the message on social media as more and more people have come forward to share their stories and experiences with sexual assault and abuse.

The charge was ignited by Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. She told the committee that Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while she was in high school.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is an expert on just about everything.

The State We're In: Gun Legislation

Oct 1, 2018

It’s been a year since 59 people were killed and hundreds more were injured in a mass shooting in Las Vegas. And it’s been a year that has seen more shootings, in Annapolis, Parkland, and cities across the country.

On Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee moved Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh forward to a vote on the Senate floor.

But it wasn’t without some drama.

After Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ari., announced that he would support Kavanaugh, he was confronted by two women who said they were survivors of sexual assault. Watch what happened.

Friday News Roundup - International

Sep 28, 2018

While American citizens have been transfixed by the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the hearing shocked the world as well.

What impact will Blasey Ford’s appearance before the Senate have on the global stage?

The afternoon before her testimony, the president held a freewheeling 81-minute press conference after his appearance at the U.N. General Assembly.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Sep 28, 2018

On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh.

When asked how certain she is that Kavanaugh assaulted her, Blasey Ford told the committee: “100 percent.”

From her opening statement:

Changing Rules On Refugees

Sep 26, 2018

Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the Trump administration would limit refugee resettlement admissions to 30,000 people in the coming year. This represents the lowest refugee ceiling since the 1980s and about a third less than the 45,000 admitted last year.

When you’re thinking about money in politics, you’re probably thinking the Koch Brothers and Citizens United.

But the single biggest donor in American politics is a Democrat: Tom Steyer. He put in around 90 million dollars during that campaign and is now funding a $20 million dollar advertising push that advocates for the impeachment of President Trump. That’s probably where you’ve seen him lately.

The Boy On The Beach

Sep 26, 2018

“[P]hotographs furnish evidence,” critic Susan Sontag wrote.

From the essay On Photography:

In the 19th century, milk containing substantial quantities of formaldehyde (yes, the stuff that preserves dead bodies) killed thousands of children every year. The rise of industrial chemistry meant the decline of food safety in the United States.

This wasn’t an oversight. Food manufacturers had quickly learned they could profit by selling harmful products with long shelf lives. Even modest regulations of the industry couldn’t get traction.