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Washington Post:Post Reports Podcast for 04 March 2019 – A surge in border crossings that wouldn’t be solved by a wall + The Sacklers + Trump talks


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Nick Miroff on a surge in border crossings that is expected to go up. Peggy McGlone on a philanthropic family’s ties to the opioid crisis. And the president is on the phone … just to talk.

In this episode

A surge in migrants seeking asylum, with border agents unprepared
Big groups of migrants crossed the southern U.S. border seeking asylum in February, one of the coldest and busiest months along the border in years. U.S. authorities detained more than 70,000 migrants last month, according to preliminary figures, up from 58,000 in January. The majority were Central American parents with children.
Nick Miroff, who covers immigration for The Washington Post, went to the border last month to find some of those people and to see firsthand what was happening.
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Protesters: ‘Shame on Sackler’
Protests have been popping up around the country in places that don’t usually see a lot of such activity: art museums.
There was one protest in Washington, D.C. Another one at Harvard. And the latest at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. What do all these museums have in common? Galleries carrying the Sackler family name. That’s especially controversial now because of the opioid crisis, which many activists blame on OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma. The company and its marketing practices were started by members of the Sackler family.
Washington Post arts reporter Peggy McGlone says the protesters are trying to bring attention to what they say is the family’s role in the nation’s opioid crisis.
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Chatterbox in chief
Seung Min Kim covers the relationship between Congress and the White House, and she noticed something unusual about the way this president communicates with lawmakers. He’s very available to talk on the phone.
“Having covered other administrations and specifically other administrations interactions with Congress, that just seemed pretty unusual to us,” Kim said. “So we just started going around in the hallways asking senators: Do you have this phone relationship with the president? And a surprising number really did.”
Seung Min Kim explains on today’s Post Reports why lawmakers think it’s important to talk directly to President Trump.
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