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The world’s two biggest greenhouse gas offenders are meeting at a climate change summit today in Los Angeles. U.S. and Chinese leaders will discuss ways to combat the worsening climate situation. Both nations face similar challenges when it comes to reducing carbon emissions and have set ambitious goals for the next ten years. Then, a look at how the bark beetle is thriving in California’s drought conditions. And until “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was repealed four years ago, gays and lesbians could be discharged from military. Now, there’s an effort to change their less-than-honorable discharges to “honorable” ones. That could affect tens of thousands of people. Next, in 2007 Stephanie Lenz put a 29-second clip of her baby dancing on YouTube. Once the video was online, Universal Music cried copyright infringement for the background music, and the video was taken down. Lenz filed a lawsuit arguing that her video was protected by fair use, and yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco basically found that she has enough of a case to go to trial. Finally, pro wrestling was once to sports what hair metal was to music: cheesy, over-the-top, and insanely popular. Since then, wrestling has faded from mainstream pop culture. For years it’s been treated as a sports sideshow. But there’s more to it than you might think.

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

U.S.-China Climate Summit 11 MIN, 32 SEC

The world’s two biggest greenhouse gas offenders are meeting at a climate change summit today in Los Angeles. This is the first official meeting between U.S. and Chinese leaders to discuss ways to combat the worsening climate situation. Both nations face similar challenges when it comes to reducing carbon emissions and have set ambitious goals for the next ten years.

Guests:
Coral Davenport, New York Times (@CoralMDavenport)

The Rise of the Bark Beetle 7 MIN, 32 SEC

Not everyone is going to be unhappy if global warming makes California hotter and drier. Take the bark beetle, for example—when trees are stressed by drought, they’re more vulnerable to beetle attack. And right now, bark beetles are having a field day. They’ve eaten their way through 46 million of the 850 million acres of forested land from Canada to Mexico. And all those dead trees could be bad news for firefighters who are currently tackling three major wildfires in northern and central California.

Guests:
Tom Coleman, Entomologist covering Southern California for the US Forest Service
Diana Six, Professor of Forest Entomology and Pathology at the University of Montana

Gay Veterans and Honorable Discharge 9 MIN, 14 SEC

Until “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was repealed four years ago, gays and lesbians could be discharged from military. Now, there’s an effort change their less-than-honorable discharges to “honorable” ones. That could affect tens of thousands of people.

Guests:
Jake Hoffman, Former member of the U.S. Air Force.
Lori Gum, works at an LGBT community center in Ohio

Dancing Baby Lawsuit 8 MIN, 31 SEC

In 2007, Stephanie Lenz put a 29-second clip of her baby dancing on YouTube. If you listened closely, you might have identified the music in the background. It’s the song “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince. Once the video was online, Universal Music cried copyright infringement and the video was taken down. Lenz filed a lawsuit arguing that her video was protected by fair use, and that lawsuit has become one of the most infamous in modern copyright law. Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco basically found that she has enough of a case to go to trial.

Guests:
Sarah Jeong, contributing editor at Motherboard (@sarahjeong)

Wrestling Makes a Comeback 8 MIN, 4 SEC

Back in the ‘80s, pro wrestling was to sports what hair metal was to music: cheesy, over-the-top, and insanely popular. Since then, wrestling has faded from mainstream pop culture. For years it’s been treated as a sports sideshow. But now, wrestling is once again getting its due. And there’s more to it than you might think.

Guests:
David Shoemaker, Writer for Grantland and Deadspin, and author of the book The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Pro Wrestling. (@AKATheMaskedMan)

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