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Reporting Vietnam at the Newseum

Thu, 2015-05-21 13:06

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War, and the Newseum marks the date with a new exhibit exploring how the media reported the country’s first televised war. Photos, news footage, music and artifacts tell the story of a divided nation, and debunk some myths about the era. The exhibit ultimately poses the question: did the press lose the war? We speak with the museum’s director and a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist about how this war changed the way we cover - and perceive - conflict.

The Persistent Problem Of Lead Paint

Thu, 2015-05-21 12:40

A pair of children staying in the D.C. General Hospital homeless shelter recently tested positive for lead. While it remains unclear whether they were exposed at the shelter, this news comes on the heels of revelations about the role lead paint exposure had in the life of Freddie Gray, the young man who recently died after a violent interaction with Baltimore police. We find out why the problem of exposure persists and what strides have been made in cleaning up homes over the last few decades.

Assaulting a Police Officer: An Investigation

Thu, 2015-05-21 12:06

Is yelling at a police officer an assault? In D.C., the answer seems to be yes. A WAMU report, in partnership with the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University and "Reveal" from the Center for Investigative Reporting, probes when and how D.C. cops charge people with assaulting a police officer--and why almost all of those charged are black. We ask what the prevalence of this assault charge says about police-community relations and look at new efforts to narrow the definition of assaulting an officer.

Big Pig: From Slaughterhouse To Sustainable Meat

Wed, 2015-05-20 13:32

Smarter than your average toddler, adaptable and often cunning, pigs have long fascinated --and frustrated-- those who study and raise these corpulent creatures. But for millions of pigs raised to satisfy Americans’ taste for the "other white meat," life begins and ends in overcrowded holding pens built over manure lagoons at factory farms. In his new book, Barry Estabrook, a food writer best known for exposing abuses in the food industry, explores the lives of these wily creatures -- from dense backwoods to industrial slaughterhouses -- and their impact on people and their palates. Kojo talks with Estabrook about the realities behind our taste for pork, and how sustainably raised swine could change the "Big Pig" industry.

Gender Bias In Hollywood

Wed, 2015-05-20 12:06

Does Hollywood still need proof that women can successfully direct movies and television? The American Civil Liberties Union cites some shocking statistics: despite similar graduation rates from film schools, women direct only 6 percent of studio films. Gender discrimination is rife, they say, including comments along the lines of, "We already hired a woman this season." The ACLU is calling on state and federal agencies to investigate hiring practices. We explore the issues.

New Political Debates Brewing Over Worker Schedules

Tue, 2015-05-19 13:32

Labor organizers spent much of the past several years pushing proposals at the federal and local levels to boost minimum wages. But there are new debates looming about how employers schedule shifts for their workers. We examine the momentum building against last-minute scheduling and shift changes--known as "just in time scheduling"--in place at many workplaces in the Washington region and around the country.

SCOTUS Strikes Blow Against Maryland Income Tax Law

Tue, 2015-05-19 13:06

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Maryland's income tax law is unconstitutional. By a 5-4 vote, the justices ruled that Maryland's law is essentially a tariff because it doesn't grant a full credit to residents who also pay income taxes in the states where they work. We explore what this ruling means for the Old Line State and for states around the country.