The Fake 'War on Cops,' Pokémon GO, Bryan Cranston

The Takeaway

Coming up on today's show:

  • Is there really a "War on Police" in the United States? According to the numbers that narrative is false: Data finds that the number of intentional police killings has fallen steadily since President Ronald Reagan, and is at it’s lowest level yet under President Obama. Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, explains. 
  • The impact of stress and trauma on police officers is often understudied, and most officers receive only an hour or two of training on how to deal with such stress. We take a closer look at the impact of PTSD on officer decision making with John Violanti, a former police officer with the New York State Police and a professor at the University of Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions.
  • Professor D. Watkins used to be a drug dealer. Nowadays, he encourages young people to become journalists and reporters in order to create "dispatches from the urban zones where African-American men have become endangered species." With The Baltimore Writers Project, he hopes to give young people an opportunity to see beyond the rhetoric and to not let others define them. 
  • Pokémon GO instantly became a viral hit when it launched in the U.S. last week. Though questions about security have already been raised, Nintendo's stock is through the roof and is now worth $9 billion more than it was last Wednesday. Takeaway Producer and Pokémon fan Isabel Angell, along with Allegra Frank, a reporter for Polygon, discuss this gaming phenomenon. 
  • Before Martha Stewart and Mary Kay, there was Brownie Wise, an executive who popularized the Tupperware party and mastered the soft sell. But in 1958, Earl Tupper suddenly fired Wise and eliminated her from the company’s history. Bob Kealing, author of the book "Life of the Party: The Remarkable Story of How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, a Tupperware Party Empire," explains. 
  • Actor Bryan Cranston discusses his new role as Federal Agent Bob Mazur in the new movie "The Infiltrator." The film is based on the true story of an undercover infiltration into Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking ring.