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Three teenage girls from a Denver suburb are suspected of trying to join jihadis in Syria; we get an update on what we know about the case. Then, a small-town Mexican mayor and his wife are accused of masterminding the disappearance of 43 students last month. In our recurring update on the car industry, an airbag recall means passengers are at risk. Next, a look at the new documentary “Citizenfour,” which follows NSA leaker Edward Snowden through his initial decision to go public. And finally, a 20-year athlete cheating scandal is exposed at the University of North Carolina.

Banner Image: Edward Snowden

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

ISIS Hopefuls 8 MIN, 30 SEC

Three teenage girls from a Denver suburb are suspected of trying to join jihadis in Syria. After skipping school on Friday, the three were reported missing to police by their parents. The girls were detained at Frankfurt airport, reportedly on their way to Syria by way of Turkey. They are now back with their families, but the story has raised fears again of radicalized Americans being seduced into joining ISIS.

Guests:
Sadie Gurman, reporter based in Denver for the Associated Press (@sgurman)

More:
Girls' journey renews fears of terror recruiting

Mayor Possibly Involved in Mexican Students’ Disappearance 8 MIN, 5 SEC

Mexico’s top prosecutor says a small-town mayor and his wife are behind the disappearance of 43 students who went missing a month ago. He’s accusing the mayor of Iguala and his wife of ordering a police crackdown on the students last month so they wouldn’t interrupt a political event. Now six of the students are dead, and 43 have been missing since the clash, while the mayor and his wife have gone into hiding.

Guests:
Carrie Kahn, NPR (@ckahn)

More:
Mexican Prosecutor Says Mayor, Wife Ordered Attack On Students

Airbags, Corvettes and Heart Attack Seats 6 MIN, 30 SEC

More than 7.5 million cars have now been recalled in the U.S. over airbags that can explode and possibly kill passengers. Manufacturers are warning drivers: If you own one of the cars on the list, don’t sit in the front passenger seat until the problem’s fixed. We catch up on that and other automotive news with our regular car industry analyst.

Guests:
Matt DeBord, Business Insider (@mattdebord)

Inside the Snowden Story 14 MIN, 47 SEC

Last May, Edward Snowden flew to Hong Kong, ensconced himself in a room in an upscale hotel and released his huge cache of documents exposing the U.S. Government’s domestic spying programs. Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras were with him in Hong Kong for much of that week. Now, Poitras has made a full-length documentary about Snowden called “CitizenFour.” She spoke to “Press Play” producer Matt Holzman about it.

Guests:
Matt Holzman, Producer, 'Press Play' and 'First Take' (@KCRW_Matt)

Fake Classes for Student Athletes at UNC 8 MIN, 23 SEC

A scathing report out this week details a 20-year cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina. Thousands of students have taken fake classes in the African-American studies department. Many of those students were athletes, basketball and football players who couldn’t make the grades required to stay on their teams. We hear from one journalist who’s been covering the story as it’s unfolded throughout the year.

Guests:
Steve Delsohn, Investigative reporter for ESPN’s Outside the Lines

More:
UNC report: Sham classes pushed

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