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Al Qaeda is looking for new recruits. In a video released last night, the group’s leader announced a new branch in India. In West Africa, the ebola epidemic is spreading at an alarming rate. Doctors Without Borders is calling the response to the outbreak “lethally inadequate.” A new study says it’ll cost us $10B to clean up the Salton Sea, but seven times that if we don’t. We take a look at “Gamergate”: One woman’s critiques of the way women are depicted in video games has made her a target for hate-spewing trolls. And finally, millennials just aren’t as interested in cars as previous generations used to be. Car companies are experimenting with ways to get more young people behind the wheel.

Banner Image Credit: James Cao (Studiosushi™)

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Al Qaeda Targets India 10 MIN, 43 SEC

Al Qaeda is looking for new recruits. Not to be upstaged by that other Islamic jihadi group, ISIS, Al Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, put out a video last night announcing a new branch of the terrorist organization in India.

Guests:
Christine Fair, Georgetown University (@CChristineFair)

The Failure to Contain the Ebola Epidemic 7 MIN, 54 SEC

The ebola epidemic is spreading at an alarming rate in West Africa. The World Health Organization estimates at least 20,000 people will be infected in the next six months. Doctors Without Borders has called the response to the outbreak “lethally inadequate.” In a speech to the UN this week, the group’s president, Joanne Liu, said the only way to get the epidemic under control is for countries to get their biological disaster teams on the ground right away.

Guests:
Jason Cone, Doctors Without Borders (@jtcone1977)

Salton Sea Study 6 MIN, 36 SEC

The Salton Sea, one of California’s most surreal landmarks, takes up 350 square miles in the otherwise parched desert south of Palm Springs. Decades ago, the lake was a hotspot for tourists and celebrities. Now, after years of environmental deterioration, the Salton Sea is on the brink of becoming a public health disaster. A study out today says cleaning it up would cost some $10 billion. But not cleaning it up could cost seven times that over the next 30 years.

Author Ransom Riggs produced this video about the Salton Sea. It’s called “The Accidental Sea.”

Guests:
Michael J. Cohen, Pacific Institute

More:
Making the Case for Saving the Salton Sea

Gamergate: Misogyny in Gaming 12 MIN

Anita Sarkeesian’s online video series began as a thoughtful, Kickstarter-funded critique of the way women are depicted in video games. But it’s made her a target. Vitriol pours out against her online. She was even forced from her home because of threats. In the gaming community it’s being referred to as “Gamergate.”

Guests:
Gabriela Richard, University of Pennsylvania (@GabrielaEdMedia)
Amanda Schuckman, gamer

More:
More of Anita Sarkeesian’s online video series “Tropes vs Women in Video Games”

Cars for Millennials 8 MIN, 1 SEC
Young people just aren’t as interested in cars as they used to be. Car companies are trying to find a way to fix that. One idea: Turn cars into smartphones.

Guests:
David Zax, freelance journalist (@DavidZax)

More:
How Car Companies Are Trying to Win Back Millennials

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