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The controversy over two Ebola patients being brought back to the US for treatment may be overblown. But could the CDC have handled the situation better? ‘Hashtag,’ ‘chillax,’ and ‘selfie,’ are just a few of the 5,000 words added to the new Scrabble Dictionary -- what do the purists think? Forty thousand fans of Korean pop culture will descend on the L.A. Convention Center for KCON this weekend: a celebration of Korean food and entertainment. And the NCAA has voted to loosen restrictions on college sports programs.

Banner Image: artists on stage at KCON (K-Pop convention) - by A1candidate

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

CDC Missteps 13 MIN, 50 SEC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has activated its highest alert level in response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa and is sending more staff and disease specialists to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Guinea. Here in the U.S., some people are criticizing the CDC for helping bring two American Ebola patients back stateside. The danger posed by the two patients may be overblown, but Dr. Ford Vox argues the CDC could have handled the situation better.

Guests:
Ford Vox, doctor (@fordvox)

More:
The CDC's Ebola Catch-Up Game

Scrabble’s New Words 11 MIN, 6 SEC

Mojito, mixtape and chillax are three of the 5,000 new words that’ll appear in the latest edition of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, out on Monday. This is the first update to the game’s approved lexicon in more than a decade. Other new additions include selfie, hashtag and frenemy. How do words get deemed Scrabble-worthy? And what do Scrabble purists have to say about all this?

Guests:
Stefan Fatsis, Author of the book “Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive SCRABBLE Players.” (@stefanfatsis)

K-Pop Descends on L.A. 14 MIN, 12 SEC

This weekend, 40,000 fans of Korean pop culture will put on their wigs and sparkly makeup and head to the Los Angeles Sports Arena for the third annual KCON. There will be Korean food, Korean drama stars, workshops like “How to Become a Classy K-Pop Fan” and performances by huge K-Pop stars like G-Dragon and Girls Generation.

Guests:
Euny Hong, Author of “The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture." (@euny)

Looser Restrictions for College Sports 7 MIN, 46 SEC

The word of the day in college sports is… autonomy. The NCAA just voted to give colleges from the 5 wealthiest conferences -- including the Pac-12 -- more freedom to make their own rules when it comes to student athletes. That could mean increasing athletic scholarships by thousands of dollars, allowing students to potentially consult agents, and a whole mess of other changes.

Guests:
Dan Wolken, College Sports Reporter for USA Today (@DanWolken)

More:
N.C.A.A. May Let Top Conferences Play by Own Rules

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