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Tuesday, August 4

The Planned Parenthood controversy

Guests: Michelle Goldberg, Mollie Hemingway, Denise Grady

Undercover videos by anti-abortion activists of Planned Parenthood employees discussing fetal tissue collection and donation have reignited the debate around abortion. The group responsible for the videos, the Center for Medical Progress, claims the videos show proof that Planned Parenthood illegally sells fetal tissue for research. Planned Parenthood strongly denies this claim. The controversy has fired up abortion supporters and opponents, as well as conservative Republicans in Congress who are now pushing to defund Planned Parenthood. This hour, we’ll discuss the videos, the controversy and the political fallout with MICHELLE GOLDBERG, senior contributing writer for The Nation and MOLLIE HEMINGWAY, a senior editor for The Federalist. Then, New York Times reporter DENISE GRADY discusses how fetal tissue is used in medical research.

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When our heroes fail us

Guests: Jane Shure, Frida Ghitis, Sam Fulwood

All of us have heroes, whether we’d like to admit it or not. Family members, politicians, celebrities, athletes or artists can provide us with an ideal to aspire toward. But these heroes are humans too. They have flaws and tendencies that can cause us to lose our respect for them. Bill Cosby, Lance Armstrong, and even the fictitious Atticus Finch have all disappointed, and even disgusted, their once-adoring admirers. And in our homes, parents and family members that we admire are also capable of making bad decisions or succumbing to vice. Today, we explore what happens when our heroes fail us and how to manage the disappointment that comes along with it. We’re joined by psychotherapist JANE SHURE, columnist for the World Politics Review FRIDA GHITIS, and by SAM FULWOOD, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

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