Prince, William Shakespeare, Stolen Jewels

The Takeaway

Coming up on today's show:

  • As many as 500 people may have died in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea last week, as refugees left Libya with the goal of reaching Italy. If confirmed, it would be the worst migrant accident this year. Mark Micallef, chief reporter at Times of Malta, weighs in.
  • The Mapping Journey Project” is on display at the MoMA this summer. It details the stories of eight people caught in the migrant crisis. Arun Venugopal, host of WNYC's "Micropolis" series, shares his conversation with artist Bouchra Khalili.
  • Purdue University students are going to have a new option for financing their education. They will pledge to pay a percentage of their future incomes in return for funds today. Mitch Daniels, Purdue University president and former governor of Indiana, explains.
  • Donald Trump spent Wednesday campaigning in Indiana. It’s a pivotal state that could make or break Trump’s chances at landing the GOP nomination. For a look at the state, we turn to Brandon Smith, statehouse reporter for Indiana Public Broadcasting.
  • Following an investigation into the Flint lead contamination crisis, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced on Wednesday that the state is filing criminal charges against two regulators and a Flint employee. Lanice Lawson, a Flint native, reflects on this news. 
  • William Shakespeare died 400 years ago this week. Two high school English students explain what they think of Shakespeare today, and why he is still such a core part of the high school English curriculum 400 years after his death.

  • The Indian government is fighting for the return of the Koh-i-Noor diamond — a 105.6 carat gemstone that sits on display in the Tower of London, where it's attached to the crown jewels. The British took it as a reward during the Second Anglo-Sikh War in 1849. Anita Anand, a journalist and author who's writing a book about the diamond, discusses the fight over the Koh-i-Noor.