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President Obama spoke today on the unravelling situation in the Middle East. Bottom line, the U.S. won’t send combat troops. American Apparel founder Dov Charney has been accused of sexually harassing his employees, choking a store manager, and holding meetings in his underwear. Now he’s been ousted by his own board of directors. Two senators have proposed reducing the FAFSA student aid form from 108 questions to just two. Author Laurel Braitman started studying madness in animals after her dog Oliver attempted suicide. And another California Supreme Court justice is stepping down.

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

Obama’s Iraq Plan 7 MIN, 42 SEC

President Obama addressed the country today to talk about what the U.S. plans to do about the unravelling situation in the Middle East. The President has come under increased criticism lately for not doing more to stop the Sunni extremist group ISIS from taking over large sections of Iraq. In his speech, Obama said the US will send 300 military advisors to Iraq to help the country’s security forces. But he won’t send combat troops.

Guests:
Indira Lakshmanan, foreign policy correspondent for Bloomberg News (@Indira_L)

Dov Charney Out at American Apparel 9 MIN, 56 SEC

American Apparel founder and CEO Dov Charney got ousted by his own board of directors because of an ongoing misconduct investigation. Charney has long been one of fashion’s most controversial figures: accused of sexually harassing his employees, choking a store manager, and holding meetings in his underwear. Meanwhile, American Apparel’s finances have faltered. Its share price has been below one dollar since early this year, and now bankruptcy is a possibility.

Guests:
Sapna Marheshwari, Business reporter for Buzzfeed. (@https://twitter.com/sapnam)

Solving the Student Loan Nightmare 8 MIN, 33 SEC

More than 20 million students are expected to fill out FAFSA -- the Free Application for Federal Student Aid -- this year: 108 questions spread over 10 pages. And 72 pages of instructions. Now two U.S. senators have proposed reducing the form to the length of a postcard with just two questions.

Guests:
Barmak Nassirian, independent policy analyst

Animal Madness 13 MIN, 49 SEC

Humans aren’t the only living creatures to deal with mental illness. After biologist Laurel Braitman’s dog started to have visions -- and possibly even attempted suicide -- she delved into the animal kingdom’s own struggles with madness. The issues range from parrots who won’t stop plucking their own feathers to stressed-out polar bears that compulsively swim in circles.

Guests:
Laurel Braitman, Author of “Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves.” (@https://twitter.com/LaurelBraitman)

Changes at CA Supreme Court 6 MIN, 56 SEC

The highest court in California is about to undergo a major change. Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter announced yesterday that he won’t seek reelection in November. In April, Joyce Kennard, the other longest serving Justice, announced that she won’t come back to the court, either.  And Governor Brown replaced Justice Carlos Moreno, the only Latino on the court, with Goodwin Liu in 2011. This means the Governor will most likely end up appointing three of the seven Justices.

Guests:
Emily Green, Independent Producer Project

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