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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been under pressure to apologize for the tens of thousands of young “comfort women” who were used as sex slaves by Japanese soldiers during World War II. Tomorrow, he’ll be here in L.A. for a meeting with Mayor Eric Garcetti, and there will be protests. Then, in our weekly Internet roundup, “Twitter highlights,” virtual reality, and Google’s new search system. Next, poet Terrance Hayes on his new collection, How to Be Drawn. And finally, Sofia Vergara’s ex-fiance published a controversial op-ed in the New York Times.

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan travel by motorcade en route to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, April 27, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

Comfort Women 15 MIN, 17 SEC

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talked about "comfort women" at a joint White House press conference with President Obama this week. He's been under pressure to apologize for the treatment of so-called "comfort women," tens of thousands of young women who were used as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II. Abe will be here in Los Angeles tomorrow, meeting with Mayor Garcetti, and Korean-American activists are expected to protest.

Guests:
Mike Honda, House of Representatives (D-CA) (@repmikehonda)
Phyllis Kim, Korean American Forum of California (@PhyllisKimLA)
Shihoko Goto, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (@GotoEastAsia)

More:
WWLA on Abe addressing Congress, protests in San Francisco

Internet Roundup: Google Gives Preference to Mobile-Friendly Sites 9 MIN, 16 SEC

When you plug a Google search into your smartphone, what rises to the top? The most relevant results? The most helpful answers? Not always. This month, Google started ranking mobile-friendly sites higher in smartphone searches. That could be bad news for local news outlets that aren't technically sophisticated. We talk about the upsides and downsides, as well as the new "Twitter highlights," and virtual reality headsets in our weekly web roundup.

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

"How to Be Drawn" 14 MIN, 44 SEC

Terrance Hayes' newest collection of poetry is a vivid examination of how we see and how we are seen. How to Be Drawn is his fifth collection of poetry. In it, Hayes sketches stories of trying on new selves. He constructs logic puzzles for which there are no answers. He invokes the sacred names of Norman Mailer, James Brown and … Ol' Dirty Bastard. Madeleine speaks with Hayes about his latest work.

Guests:
Terrance Hayes, poet

Sofia Vergara, Nick Loeb, and the New York Times 6 MIN, 58 SEC

Should frozen embryos be given a shot at life? A much talked-about op-ed in the New York Times today argues yes. The piece is by a wealthy businessman named Nick Loeb, former fiancé of actress Sofia Vergara. He and Vergara froze several embryos, but stipulated that they would not be implanted without the consent of both parties. Vergara broke off their engagement last year, and now Loeb argues that their agreement should be nullified. But in addition to taking issue with his arguments, critics are attacking the New York Times for running the piece at all. We check in on the controversy.

Guests:
Jill Filipovic, Cosmopolitan magazine (@jillfilipovic)

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