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Today we start by hearing from the Southern California Muslim community’s reaction to Donald Trump’s campaign trail rhetoric.

Then, a look at conservative girls’ schools in the Middle East, like the one reportedly attended by San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik.

Next, we discuss a controversy that’s cropped up over the meaning of the word “healthy.” The makers of Kind nutrition bars have one interpretation, and the federal government another.

And, an author and journalist talks about his new book, which defends football amid talk of concussions and other issues.

Finally, we examine the transformative power of the selfie; sometimes, selfies are more than exercises in narcissism.

Image: Credit: Gage Skidmore/CC

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Laura Swisher

Local Muslims React to Trump 8 MIN, 36 SEC

Donald Trump’s stance on Muslims is galvanizing his supporters, but it’s being condemned by many others, including some in the Republican Party. Senator and presidential candidate Lindsay Graham has called Trump’s rhetoric “race-baiting” and “xenophobic.” So how does this kind of speech impact people in the Muslim community here in Southern California?

Guests:
Jihad Turk, Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School (@jihad_turk)

Middle East Girls’ Schools 7 MIN, 5 SEC

As Muslims in America grapple with big questions about how they fit into a society that sometimes treats them unfairly, law enforcement and journalists are following another question: How did San Bernardino mass shooter Tashfeen Malik become radicalized? Malik and her husband, Sayed Farook, killed 14 people and wounded more than 20 others last Wednesday. Part of the answer to how she became radicalized may lie in a chain of ultra-conservative schools for affluent girls and women in Pakistan. Malik attended an Al-Huda islamic institute for a period in 2013, and friends reported a marked change in her while she attended the school. We look into the genesis and practices of these kinds of schools.

Guests:
Dana Kennedy, Journalist (@Danakennedynow)

More:
Did an ‘Islamic Feminist’ Scholar Inspire Tashfeen Malik?

Kind Bars and the Meaning of 'Healthy' Food 6 MIN, 15 SEC

What do you consider healthy food? How about nuts? They have protein, vitamins, and mineral, but according to the federal government, nuts have too much fat to be officially considered healthy. That’s why the F.D.A. sent a warning earlier this year to the makers of Kind nutrition bars, demanding that they take the word “healthy” off their labels. Now Kind is petitioning the government to change its definition of healthy. What’s an average eater to make of all this?

Guests:
Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News (@AlanBjerga)

In Defense of Football 14 MIN, 3 SEC

The sport of football has its fans and foes. Probably more fans: last year’s Super Bowl was the most-watched TV show in history. Yet there are huge problems with the sport. Ex-players are suffering from chronic brain injuries and some current players are accused of domestic violence. And despite its billions, the NFL gets tons of public subsidies. Last year, Madeleine interviewed Steve Almond, who wrote a book saying why he can no longer in good conscience watch the game. Now, a rebuttal of sorts.

Guests:
Gregg Easterbrook, sports author (@EasterbrookG)

The Game's Not Over

Gregg Easterbrook

In Defense of Selfies 9 MIN, 17 SEC

They can happen anywhere: At the beach, in the car, on the street, or in the privacy of your own home. SELFIES. Pictures, of yourself, taken by yourself. And maybe shared online. Critics have decried the selfie as a harbinger of doom — a sign of declining civilization. But we haven’t heard a lot in their defense. Until now.

Guests:
Rachel Syme, journalist (@rachsyme)

More:
SELFIE The revolutionary potential of your own face, in seven chapters

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