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We start with a ground-level look at the Ebola crisis in West Africa, focusing on the plight of people who have survived the virus and students whose schools have been closed. Next, Uber drivers have been protesting on the east and west coasts this week: What will all the turmoil mean for consumers in the long run? Then, a history of the Ouija board. And, in our weekly film segment, we talk about the new horror film dedicated to the spooky game, plus a new Edward Snowden documentary and more.

Banner Image: Ouija Board Game photo by: Dave Winer

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

The Plight of Ebola Survivors in West Africa 10 MIN, 35 SEC

A Doctors Without Borders physician in New York has become the ninth person in the U.S. to be treated for Ebola. While the diagnosis has raised alarms nationwide, the real crisis continues in West Africa, where thousands have died. We get a close-up look at what it’s like for survivors of the disease there, who often recover to find they’ve lost everything.

Guests:
Jina Moore, Reporter for BuzzFeed in Africa (@itsjina)

More:
Surviving Ebola Brings Heartache And Hardship

Schools Closed in Liberia 5 MIN, 27 SEC

Because of the Ebola outbreak, many schools have closed in Liberia and Sierra Leone. That leaves more than a million students without an education, indefinitely. One organization is using radio broadcasts to try to educate kids during the crisis. We hear from someone involved in the effort.

Guests:
Heather Simpson, senior director for education and child development at the nonprofit Save the Children (@HeatherMSimpson)

Uber’s Labor Fight 9 MIN, 5 SEC

Uber drivers in Los Angeles and San Francisco staged protests this week over declining pay and working conditions. Meanwhile, drivers in New York and London went on strike. It’s just the latest turmoil for the on-demand ride service: This year has also brought fights with taxi unions and local governments, and a price war with competitor Lyft. What does all of this mean for consumers looking for a cheap ride?

Guests:
Catherine Rampell, Washington Post (@crampell)

More:
Who will win the ridesharing war? Probably not consumers.

The Real History of Ouija 10 MIN, 29 SEC

A new horror movie comes out this weekend about the creepy power of the Ouija board. But the mysterious game has a history that goes back much farther. Seekers have been gathering around Ouija boards for anything from family entertainment to communion with the dead since the 1800s. We talk to an expert on so-called “talking boards.”

Guests:
Robert Murch, collector and historian of Ouija and other so-called “talking boards.”

Keanu Reeves, Edward Snowden and an Alpine Avalanche 12 MIN, 1 SEC

We’re not quite done with Oujia boards yet. In our weekly film roundup, we discuss the new horror film “Ouija,” which has been getting some downright scary reviews. Also on the lineup: an Edward Snowden documentary, Keanu Reeves, and an Alpine avalanche.

Guests:
Alonso Duralde, Film Critic (@ADuralde)
Dave White, Film Critic (@dlelandwhite)

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