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After seven weeks of fighting, there’s peace today in Israel and Gaza. The two sides agreed to an indefinite ceasefire yesterday -- but will the truce hold? We also hear reaction from two university professors on the ground in Israel and Gaza, who describe life on both sides of the conflict. Next, in our weekly tech roundup, Amazon bought the website Twitch this week for just under $1 billion. We also talk about a 2003 film that’s become a cult favorite via occasional screenings. Now, more than a decade later, “Los Angeles Plays Itself” is getting a commercial release; we speak to it’s director, Thom Andersen. And finally, one in four foster children in California is on psychotropic drugs, more than three times the overall rate for children. Why is the number so high, and what are the consequences?

Banner Image: "Los Angeles Plays Itself" by director Thom Andersen, photo: Ilona Gaynor

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

Will Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Hold? 6 MIN, 54 SEC

After seven weeks of fighting that killed more than 2,200 people, there is peace today in Israel and Gaza. Israel and Hamas agreed to an indefinite ceasefire yesterday. But the truce, brokered by Egypt, is similar to past deals that have collapsed. And key details still need to be worked out. Will it last?

Guests:
Laura King, Los Angeles Times

Reaction From Residents of Israel and Gaza 8 MIN, 58 SEC

Early in the conflict, we talked with an Israeli and a Palestinian about what wartime life was like for them. We check in again to discuss the conflict’s aftermath and their hopes for the ceasefire.

Guests:
Mkhaimar Abusada, al-Azhar University
Yossi Alpher, Co-Editor, BitterLemons.org

Amazon Gets Twitchy 7 MIN, 36 SEC

Amazon opened its pocketbook wide this week. It acquired the site Twitch for just under a Billion dollars. Compare that to last year, when Amazon’s Jeff Bezos only paid about a quarter of that for the Washington Post. TLDR’s Alex Goldman joins us to explain the allure of Twitch and to discuss other news from the world of the internet. 

Image: Screen capture of a live Twitch stream

Guests:
Alex Goldman, WNYC’s “On the Media” and co-host of the podcast “TLDR” (@agoldmund)

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Twitch

Los Angeles Plays Itself 14 MIN

“Los Angeles Plays Itself” is a movie about movies about Los Angeles. It’s nearly three hours of film clips shot in or about Los Angeles. Nothing’s added except a sardonic, deadpan voice-over. A college professor and filmmaker named Thom Andersen premiered his film at the Toronto Film Festival in 2003. Since then, it hasn’t been widely available outside of the occasional art house screening. Now - at long last - it’s coming out on DVD.

Guests:
Thom Andersen, Director of “Los Angeles Plays Itself,” and film and video faculty at CalArts.

Overprescribing Drugs for Foster Kids 9 MIN, 22 SEC

When Rochelle Trochtenberg aged out of foster care, she was on 10 different mood-stabilizing drugs to treat bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and PTSD. Later, she learned she never had those conditions at all. It turns out, this is not uncommon for California children in foster care.  According to an investigation by the San Jose Mercury News, one in four adolescents in foster care are on psychotropic drugs, more than three times the rate for adolescents overall. 

Guests:
Karen de Sa, Investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News (@KarendeSa1)

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"DRUGGING OUR KIDS" - by Karen de Sa

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