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Stories that shine a light on today’s news
Our producer Bonnie Bertram outed Hollywood player James Toback’s sexual harassment of young women almost three decades ago in Spy magazine. At the time she and her co-author used a pseudonym due to safety concerns. Today their piece in Vanity Fair brings the story full circle and highlights how these kinds of allegations are handled now. Watch ‘Why Hasn’t Sexual Harassment Disappeared?’
Researchers have announced that troubled former NFL player Aaron Hernandez suffered from severe CTE, which would have affected decision-making and control over behaviors like rage and aggression. Our story Blood and Sport looks at how boxing was once a favorite American pastime but was sidelined due to concern over violence and wonders if the same will happen to football.
Lonny Grafman, engineering lecturer at Humboldt State University is featured in our new documentary, Future of Home, which is part of a series we produced with Quartz called What Happens Next. Here he talks with WNYC’s The Takeaway about the future of solar around the world.