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We start today with a look at black millennial political power: Will the Black Lives Matter movement make a big impact at the polls?

Then, a look behind the scenes of the slave labor that supports the shrimp industry.

Next, we examine the Mast Brothers Chocolate scandal; the artisan brand is getting heat for not being so authentic after all. Does it matter?

Then, KCRW DJ Anne Litt shares her music picks of the year.

And finally, in our weekly TV roundup, a Miss Universe mess up.

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Laura Swisher

Black Millennials and Political Power 10 MIN, 25 SEC

Black Lives Matter protests at Democratic events made one thing very clear: Next year the Democratic Party will need to focus on young, black millennials. These voters came out in record numbers for the 2008 election, but this election could be very different. With the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and other unarmed black men nationwide, the Black Lives Matter movement has emerged as a political powerhouse, but what will that mean at the polls?

Guests:
Donovan Ramsey, Demos

More:
The Missing Black Millennials

Shrimp Slavery 8 MIN, 39 SEC

For seafood lovers with a conscience, the news out of Southeast Asia lately has been alarming. Last week, the Associated Press came out with yet another report on slavery in the region, this one focused on Thailand’s shrimp sheds, which use slave labor to peel the shrimp that wind up on the shelves of global supermarkets and restaurants. Everywhere from Walmart to Costco to Red Lobster. We hear from the journalist who’s been covering the story.

Guests:
Martha Mendoza, National Reporter, Associated Press

Mast Brothers Chocolate and a Recipe for Scandal 7 MIN, 17 SEC

Until last week, the Mast Brothers Chocolate Makers seemed to be living a hipster fairytale. Rick and Michael Mast are bearded brothers from Iowa. They started making their own chocolate in a Brooklyn apartment about ten years ago. Now their chocolate bars go for $10 a pop at their own shops. They’re also sold at restaurants, high-end groceries and fancy clothing stores. But then a food blogger published a series of posts accusing the Masts of lying about their ingredients and their so-called ‘bean-to-bar’ process. The backlash since then says as much about the power of food marketing as it does about their particular brand.


Guests:
Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News (@AlanBjerga)

Anne Litt’s Music Picks of the Year 15 MIN, 11 SEC

Madeleine is off this week for the holidays, but before she left she spoke to KCRW DJ Anne Litt about her favorite music of 2015. This is that conversation.

Guests:
Anne Litt, Host of 'Anne Litt' (@anne_litt)

TV Roundup: Miss Universe Mess Up and More 7 MIN, 42 SEC

What’s the most awkward thing you’ve ever seen on TV?  Well, prepare for that moment to be supplanted by what happened at the end of the Miss Universe pageant last night. Host Steve Harvey announced the wrong winner. Officials had to take back her crown on the spot and put it on the real winner. We hash out what went wrong and other small screen news in our regular Monday TV roundup.

Guests:
Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)

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