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American military jets dropped bombs on Islamic extremists in Iraq today. What are we trying to achieve and what are the chances for success? Is this a slippery slope to re-engagement? One of the reasons the President gave for the strikes was to protect an ethnic minority called the Yazidis. Who are they? We talk to the author of a new book about why the “great outdoors” seems so white. In our weekly film round-up, our critics check out the latest in the “Step Up” series of dance movies, and “The Hundred Foot Journey,” with Helen Mirren. Finally, a collection of diary entries by a teenage girl who died 15 years ago provides an unusually gritty and raw look at the life of an American teenager.

Banner Image: F/A-18 aircraft from the US squadron that conducted an airstrike against Kurdish forces in Iraq, photo: handout

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

Back to Iraq 9 MIN, 48 SEC

Today, two American military jets dropped bombs on Islamic extremists in Iraq. The airstrikes were the first serious military operation the U.S. has carried out in that country since withdrawing our combat troops three years ago. What are we trying to achieve and what are the chances for success? Is this a slippery slope to re-engagement?

Guests:
Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post (@rajivwashpost)

Who Are the Yazidi? 6 MIN, 22 SEC

President Obama said one of the reasons for the airstrikes in Iraq is to protect a little-known ethnic minority called the Yazidis. Who are they, why are we defending them, and what other ethnic groups are at risk as ISIS advances?

Guests:
James Galvin, poet

Black Faces, White Spaces 9 MIN, 4 SEC

When you picture a family hiking in the woods, what race do you see? A new book explores why our conception of the great outdoors tends to look like the white outdoors.

Guests:
Carolyn Finney, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley. Author of “Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African-Americans to the Great Outdoors.”

Movie Round-Up 10 MIN, 31 SEC

In our weekly round-up of the latest movies and movie news, our critics do their critical thing on the 5th installment in the Step Up series of dance movies; Lasse Hallstrom's “The Hundred Foot Journey,” starring Helen Mirren; and the tornado movie “Into the Storm.”

Guests:
Alonso Duralde, Film Critic, TheWrap.com (@ADuralde)
Dave White, Movies.com (@dlelandwhite)

Dear Nobody 10 MIN, 48 SEC

Young adult literature these days is full of dystopian landscapes, vampires and magical fantasy worlds. But a new book brings a different voice to the mix. A real voice. It’s called Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose. It’s a collection of diary entries by a teenage girl who died 15 years ago of cystic fibrosis. The entries chronicle her struggles with illness, alcoholism and an abusive home life. It’s an unusually gritty and raw look at the life of an American teenager.

Guests:
Gillian McCain, Poet and author; co-editor of “Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose”
Legs McNeil, Author and columnist for Vice magazine; co-editor of “Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose” (@Legs__McNeil)

Dear Nobody

Legs McNeil

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