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ISIS has a new recruitment strategy. Instead of getting would-be jihadists to come to Syria, it’s telling them to stay put and wage attacks at home.

And, how terrorists communicate has been a major topic of conversation after Friday’s attacks in Paris. Security experts and politicians are saying encryption tools make it too hard to keep tabs on terrorists.

Then, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act would require the FBI director and other top officials to personally approve every Syrian refugee. But would it actually increase security?

Next, at age 30, Patrick O’Brien, better known as New York DJ “TransFatty,” was diagnosed with the debilitating neurological disease ALS — also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. O’Brien decided to turn the camera on his experience. The result is the edgy new documentary TransFatty Lives.

Finally, a San Francisco Superior Court judge ordered five frozen embryos “thawed and discarded” yesterday, raising interesting bioethics questions.

Banner Image: TransFatty Lives, OSCAR CROSBY FILMS

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

ISIS at Home 7 MIN, 12 SEC

ISIS has a new recruitment strategy. Instead of getting would-be jihadists to come to Syria, it’s telling them to stay put and wage attacks at home.

Guests:
Michael Schmidt, Michael Schmidt Studios (@MSchmidtStudios)

More:
U.S. Investigators Struggle to Track Homegrown ISIS Suspects

Web Roundup: How Terrorists Communicate 7 MIN, 48 SEC

How terrorists communicate has been a major topic of conversation after Friday’s attacks in Paris. Security experts and politicians are saying encryption tools make it too hard to keep tabs on terrorists.

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

Will the SAFE Act Increase Security? 6 MIN, 39 SEC

The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act would require the FBI director and other top officials to personally approve every Syrian refugee. But would it actually increase security?

Guests:
Dara Lind, Vox (@DLind)

'TransFatty Lives' 15 MIN, 50 SEC

At age 30, Patrick O’Brien, better known as New York DJ “TransFatty,” was diagnosed with the debilitating neurological disease ALS — also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. O’Brien decided to turn the camera on his experience. The result is the edgy new documentary TransFatty Lives.

Guests:
Doug Pray, director and documentary filmmaker

Disputing Frozen Embryos 7 MIN, 24 SEC

Yesterday, a San Francisco Superior Court judge ordered five frozen embryos “thawed and discarded.” Dr. Mimi Lee and her ex-husband, Stephen Findley, froze the embryos five years ago when she was diagnosed with cancer. Lee says the cancer treatment has left her infertile and and she now wants to use the embryos to have a child. But the couple signed an agreement that states the embryos would be destroyed if they divorced.

Guests:
Lisa Ikemoto, UC Davis Law School

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