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President Obama today is calling for the end of gay conversion therapy because of its potentially devastating psychological effects. We talk to an activist who spent five years in conversion therapy and the director of the LGBT office at the American Psychological Association. In our weekly web roundup: new apps to capture police interactions, a lawsuit against Facebook facial recognition software, and new emojis. Every year, Nestle pays $524 for a permit to take tens of millions of gallons of water from Arrowhead Springs in the San Bernardino National Forest. The permit expired in 1988. And city attorney Mike Feuer says that more than 500 pot shops have been closed down in Los Angeles in the last two years. How many are left?

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

Gay Conversion Therapy 17 MIN, 46 SEC

President Obama today is calling for the end of gay conversion therapy because of its potentially devastating psychological effects. The White House says he won’t call for a federal law banning therapists from using such therapies but will support state bans. So far, only California, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. have banned gay conversion therapy for minors. We talk to an activist who spent five years going through conversion therapy in four different states. 

Guests:
Clinton Anderson, psychologist and director of the LGBT office at the American Psychological Association
Matthew Shurka, was in conversion therapy for 5 years (@mathewshurka)

Apps to Capture Videos of Police Interactions 9 MIN, 8 SEC

On our weekly web roundup: a civilian video of a police officer killing an unarmed man in South Carolina went viral this week. It was that video that led to the arrest of the police officer for murder. This is not the first video of police violence to go viral. And, as is the case with most things in life, there’s an app for that. App developers are working on a batch of apps that help civilians take and upload video of police interactions. Also, Facebook being sued over facial recognition software and privacy laws; and new emoji!

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

Bottling Water in California 10 MIN, 23 SEC

Every year, Nestle, the world’s largest food company, pays the San Bernardino national forest $524. That’s the fee Nestle pays for its permit to take tens of million of gallons of water from springs high in the San Bernardino mountains, bottle it, and sell it as Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water. That permit expired in 1988. But the forest service -- depleted by budget cuts -- has not reviewed the company’s expired permit or analyzed the local environmental impact of all the water Nestle has been taking. And in the meantime, Nestle continues to pipe away the water, bottle it, and sell it back to us.

Guests:
Ian James, environment reporter at the Desert Sun in Palm Springs (@tdsianjames)

More:
Bottling water without scrutiny

LA Pot Shops Getting Shut Down 8 MIN, 51 SEC

City attorney Mike Feuer says that more than 500 pot shops have been closed down in Los Angeles in the last two years. This after Proposition D was passed 2 years ago. It imposed stricter standards on medical marijuana dispensaries. Among the new requirements: they can’t be open after 8 PM, or be within 1000 feet of a school, or have any kind of lighting like a neon sign that’s on during non-business hours. Dispensaries that do not adhere to these standards will be targeted and shut down. What’s unclear still is how many pot shops are open in the city.

Guests:
Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times (@LATimesemily)
Bridget Freisthler, principal investigator for UCLA’s Medical Marijuana Research Project

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