Early Saturday morning, a gunman police described as “well organized and well prepared” opened fire at Pulse, a popular gay nightclub in Orlando. About 20 people were killed and dozens more were hospitalized in the aftermath. [Update: 50 have been killed and 53 hospitalized.]
The gunman has been identified as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old from Fort Pierce, Florida. Mateen was killed by police who distracted him with a controlled explosive during a tense hostage situation and then stormed the nightclub. One officer was slightly injured during the resulting shootout, and police say about 30 people were rescued.
“This is an incident …that we certainly classify as a domestic terror incident,” Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told reporters, adding that the FBI was involved. The police have not yet identified a motive, though CBS News reports that Mateen had “ties to Islamic terrorism.” He was a US citizen with no criminal history.
President Barack Obama was briefed on the news this morning. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims,” the White House said in a statement. “The President asked to receive regular updates as the FBI, and other federal officials, work with the Orlando Police to gather more information, and directed that the federal government provide any assistance necessary to pursue the investigation and support the community.”
Update 1 [9:28 CST]: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer is now saying that 50 are dead and 53 have been hospitalized.
Update 2 [9:38 CST]: This is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Update 3 [1:35 CST]: NBC news claims Omar Mateen called 911 just before opening fire to declare allegiance to Abu Bakrbakr al-Baghdadi, the head of ISIS.
[This is a developing story.]
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
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Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.