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Today in Paris, President Obama met with the leaders of six low-lying countries—like Barbados and the Marshall Islands—that are most at risk from rising seas. In fact, several of these countries could disappear entirely.

Next, fossil fuels are a huge factor in global warming—especially the oil and gas that are used to fuel cars. So are electric cars the answer?

Then, when it comes to terrorism, should we be more worried about North Carolina than Syria? U.S. citizens have committed 80 percent of terrorist attacks in this country since 9/11, according to a study by the New America Foundation. And a disproportionate number of homegrown religious extremists come from North and South Carolina.

And each year, hundreds of thousands of pregnant women are put on bed rest. The problem is that spending all that time lying in bed can lead to health problems for the mother. And recent studies have concluded that bed rest doesn’t actually help the pregnancy.

Finally, Los Angeles has long been a Chinese food destination. Now there’s a new twist in the trend. We are going “bao crazy.” Bao means bun: Chinese steamed buns filled with meat or vegetables.

Banner Image: Laura Beach, the Marshall Islands by Stefan Lins/Creative Commons

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

The Disappearing Marshall Islands 9 MIN, 51 SEC

President Obama met in Paris today with the leaders of six low-lying countries—like Barbados and the Marshall Islands—that are most at risk from rising seas. In fact, several of these countries could disappear entirely.

Guests:
John Sutter, CNN (@jdsutter)

Electric Cars Burn Coal 8 MIN, 49 SEC

Fossil fuels are a huge factor in global warming—especially the oil and gas that are used to fuel cars. So are electric cars the answer? Well, that’s complicated.

Guests:
Aaron Robinson, Car and Driver magazine

Domestic Terrorism 8 MIN, 13 SEC

When it comes to terrorism, should we be more worried about North Carolina than Syria? U.S. citizens have committed 80 percent of terrorist attacks in this country since 9/11, according to a study by the New America Foundation. And a disproportionate number of homegrown religious extremists come from North and South Carolina.


Memorial to the victims of the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church
in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015
Photo: The All-Nite Images

Guests:
Will Saletan, Slate (@saletan)

More:
The Terrorists Among Us

The Bed Rest Hoax 13 MIN, 48 SEC

Each year, hundreds of thousands of pregnant women are put on bed rest. Most of us know someone who has been prescribed days or weeks in bed, either at home or in the hospital. Often it’s because they’re in danger of going into labor too early. The problem is that spending all that time lying in bed can lead to health problems for the mother. And recent studies have concluded that bed rest doesn’t actually help the pregnancy. 

Guests:
Alexandra Kleeman, Author and journalist (@AlexKleeman)
Neil Silverman, UCLA Medical School

More:
The Bed-Rest Hoax: The case against a venerable pregnancy treatment

Bao in Los Angeles 5 MIN, 53 SEC

Los Angeles has long been a Chinese food destination. Now there’s a new twist in the trend. We are going 'bao crazy.' Bao means bun: Chinese steamed buns filled with meat or vegetables.

Guests:
Katherine Spiers, How It Got In Your Mouth (@katherinespiers)

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