A plea to "cool it" with the "fire and fury."

August 08, 2017

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Coming up on today's show:

  • Tension between the United States and North Korea has reached a fever pitch, with President Donald Trump saying Tuesday that the Asian nation will be "met with fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it continues to threaten America. In response, North Korea said it is "carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam." Joel Wit, a senior fellow at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Jefferson Cronin of Guam Public Radio, analyze the crisis at hand.
  • The Trump Administration has greatly stepped up U.S. support for Syrian forces that are trying to drive out ISIS fighters from the city of Raqqa, but is there any hope of peace in Syria? Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for BuzzFeed News, discusses his recent reporting from Raqqa.
  • Female activists in Syria are attempting to use the disruption and displacement of the war to grow a stronger female society in the country that can disrupt patriarchal norms and create a place for women in the center of the rebuilding process. Maria Al Abdeh, founder and director of Women Now, an organization led by Syrian women, explains. 
  • On Saturday, the city of New Orleans was hit by a torrential downpour, leading to flooding for the second time in two weeks. New Orleans city council members have questioned the efficiency of the city's pumping operations, which has forced one official to retire. Jessica Rosgaard, flood recovery editor for WWNO in New Orleans, joins The Takeaway to examine the city's response to last weekend's storm.
  • What happens when victims of crime face the people who hurt them? Danielle Sered has been helping to carve a new way forward through her program Common Justice, a project of the VERA Institute that helps find alternatives to incarceration by having victims of violence talk face-to-face with their assailants. 
  • How much has our understanding and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder really evolved? Two veterans who served in two different wars — Marine Corpsman Douglas Howell served in Vietnam and Air Force Captain Mary McGriff served in Iraq — share their remarkably similar experiences of coming to terms with PTSD.