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Guns Are Just One Reason Why Children Die

For almost 40 years, Child Trends has been a leading institution in the effort to improve the lives and prospects of all children and youth through rigorous research. Their work has helped shape the public policies that affect children and families, strengthened a wide array of social services, and increased public awareness of child and youth issues. You can sign up to get their weekly emails that let you know about the most recent research into what is affecting the lives of children and their families.

Natalia Pane, the COO of Child Trends about an article she wrote titled Gun Violence Is The Most Common Cause of Death For Young Men. She told us that in her research into the causes of childhood deaths she backed into the statistics of gun deaths for young men.

Today host Keith Brown El and Natalia will look at what causes childhood deaths including the gun violence in an effort to help you keep your children safe.

Child Trends

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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Website – https://www.childtrends.org/

The Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform
Institute For Criminal Justice Training Reform

Every year more than a thousand people die at the hands of the police and even more are injured. Many of these deaths and injuries could be prevented by reforming the training of police. The Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform sees the complexity that exists within our broken criminal justice system. They understand that reform cannot depend on one methodology and use a 3-dimensional approach to end police and law enforcement brutality, by focusing on Community Impact, Improved Curricula, and Legislative Change to reform training.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE

Our mission is to save lives and reduce injury among the public and the police by reforming the deeply inadequate, antiquated, and flawed training models, policies and procedures and legislative standards for employees in the United States’ Criminal Justice System particularly those with the power to arrest, detain, commit and kill.

We believe in a few basic principals. First, all employees, regardless of the profession, work best when they are adequately trained. Second, training should be relevant, up-to-date, and based on scientific principles. The scope and length of training, as well as other prerequisites, should be reasonable compared to the responsibilities, especially those whose actions could have an impact on life and civil liberties. And third, curricula must be developed through diverse collaboration with communities who will be impacted the most.

Our work provides advocacy, research, analysis, training, policy and curricula recommendations to support legislative and training changes. We collaborate with partners in law enforcement, academics, medical professionals, policy and legislative analysts, civic organizations and community groups to improve law enforcement training on federal, state and local levels.

Host Margot Patterson and Randy Shrewsberry, Executive Director of the Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform will discuss what reforms are necessary to produce better-trained police, safer streets and fewer deaths and injuries.

Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform –
Website – https://www.trainingreform.org/
Donation link – https://www.trainingreform.org/donations/


Jamie Jackson will interview guests that have been advocating against pending Missouri legislation that would criminalize the BDS movement, including lobbying legislators in Jefferson City and educating them on the unconstitutionality of the legislation. BDS stands for “boycott, divest and sanction” and is a worldwide movement to pressure Israel to restore human rights for Palestinians. Anti-BDS legislation has been opposed by the ACLU and was recently ruled a violation of free speech in a Kansas lawsuit.


Amy Schumer takes on the issue of body image in the likable comic fantasy, “I Feel Pretty.” She plays an insecure woman who falls and bumps her head and comes to believe that she’s a raging beauty. Although the screenwriters’ template is pretty obvious, Schumer gives a shrewd performance proving she has real acting chops.

 

It’s no accident that the stoner comedy sequel “Super Troopers 2” is being released on 4/20. The original raunchy farce from the comedy group “Broken Lizard” was released in 2002 and was a modest hit. Fans of the original will know exactly what kind of lowbrow humor they’re in for.

 

Some inept Vermont Highway Patrol troopers are sent to work in Canada as part of a border dispute. They come across plenty of contraband, but can they keep from ingesting it before they catch the culprits? It’s a little unnerving to see these middle-aged guys displaying the same childish behavioral issues after all these years. While it has some shamelessly funny moments, much of “Super Troopers 2” feels like a bad flashback.

 

“Lean on Pete” is an austere but moving drama about a teenager from a troubled background who works at a stable and befriends and tries to save an aging race horse bound for the slaughterhouse. Charlie Plummer gives a believable and tender performance in this low-key story that also stars Steve Buscemi and Chloe Sevigny.

 

Also opening this week, an alien invades the body of an adult film star in the unrated sci-fi opus, “Imitation Girl.” “Wilding” is a horror entry about a disturbed young woman raised to believe that homicidal monster roams outside her home. “They Remain” is a suspense drama about scientists analyzing an area where a murderous cult once lived. Geoffrey Rush and Army Hammer star in “Final Portrait,” about the friendship of an American writer and artist Alberto Giacometti.


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a knack for making a silk purse out of a cinematic sow’s ear. Can he do the same for the cursed video game genre? Maybe so.  In “Rampage,” based on the Midway arcade game, Johnson plays a primatologist who has to figure out what to do when a genetic experiment goes wrong and his favorite albino gorilla grows to Kong size. The ape and a giant mutated wolf and alligator, head to downtown Chicago in a destructive rage.

 

It’s as goofy as it sounds, but the visuals are spectacular and Johnson’s outsized charisma helps, too. “Rampage” is better than it has any business being.

 

Blumhouse, the phenomenally successful production company responsible for a slew of hit horror films, might have finally jumped the shark. “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare” is an annoying creepfest about a group of teens on spring break in Mexico who play a game of Truth or Dare that’s been overtaken by a demon. Naturally, things turn deadly and the participants desperately try to figure a way out. There are a few scares, but mostly it’s just irritating. The truth is, it’s bad and I wouldn’t watch it again on a dare.

 

Jon Hamm stars in “Beirut,” an involving thriller about a one-time US diplomat who is forced by CIA operatives Rosamund Pike and Dean Norris to help save a colleague from terrorists in Lebanon the 1980s. Hamm inherits his best role since “Mad Men,” but Pike is wasted in yet another part that doesn’t give her much to work with.

 

Also opening this week, “Finding Your Feet” is a comic drama from Britain about folks of a certain age who find romance at a community dance class. “Best F(r)iends” is black comedy that reunites the team behind the celebrated bad movie “The Room,” Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero. 


Eccentric filmmaker Wes Anderson (“Rushmore,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Moonlight Kingdom”) tackles his second stop-motion animation effort, following up on the success of “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.” “Isle of Dogs” is a whimsical story set in the near future in Japan. Because of a canine flu, all dogs are banished to a garbage island and one young boy tries to save them. The voice cast includes Brian Cranston, Bill Murray, Yoko Ono, Scarlett Johansson and Edward Norton.

Take Two: “Isle of Dogs” (PG-13)
Episode date : April 20, 2018
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An elderly couple take a final Winnebago trip in the road movie, “The Leisure Seeker.” Two of our best actors, Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, give a big boost to this story involves dementia, family squabbles and other issues that older Americans contend with.

Take Two: “The Leisure Seeker” (R)
Episode date : April 13, 2018
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