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Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but the CDC reported 644 cases last year. What’s the best way to manage the current outbreak in California before it gets worse? Then, the U.S. Agriculture Department is updating the food pyramid (now redesigned as a plate) and may recommend people move toward a more plant-based diet. But the meat industry and some members of Congress are fighting back. We catch up on the debate. Next, President Obama will be interviewed by three millennial YouTube stars today. We hear about his media blitz to grab young people’s attention, and other Internet news, in our weekly web roundup. Then, a Hollywood doorman-turned-mortgage salesman talks about his new film chronicling his experiences on the ground floor of the financial crisis. And finally, Target unveils a new plus-size clothing line next month. What took so long?

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

How to Handle a Measles Outbreak 8 MIN, 39 SEC

Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but the CDC reported 644 cases of the disease in 27 states last year. Now, about 70 people in have been infected by an outbreak that started at Disneyland. Most are California residents, but at least eight of them have traveled home to nearby states, raising the concern of a wider outbreak. Disneyland’s home, Orange County, is also a center of the anti-immunization movement. What’s the best way to handle the disease before it gets out of hand?

Guests:
Patsy Stinchfield, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota (@InfectiousPS)

Should Climate Change Affect the Food Pyramid? 7 MIN, 16 SEC

The U.S. Agriculture Department has started working on its latest dietary guidelines. You might know it as the food pyramid, though it was redesigned as a plate five years ago. It gets updated every five years. Government officials are considering a recommendation to put less emphasis on meat, and more on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Some experts say it’s healthier for your body and the environment, but the meat industry and some members of Congress are pushing back. We catch up on the debate.

Guests:
Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News (@AlanBjerga)

Obama’s Millennial Media Tour and More 10 MIN, 6 SEC

Glozell Green calls herself “The Queen of YouTube,” and she’s one of three stars of the site chosen by the White House to pepper the president with questions in a live web stream this afternoon. We get more background on her, President Obama’s millennial-focused media blitz, and other Internet news in our weekly web roundup.

Guests:
Manoush Zomorodi, WNYC's 'Note to Self' (@manoushz)

'Americons' 13 MIN, 9 SEC

Americons is probably the only film in history that centers on a real estate loan. The “Option Adjustable Rate Mortgage” was one of the risky mortgages that got people into deep trouble when the housing bubble burst. They also helped bring down lenders Countrywide and Washington Mutual. Americons is a thriller of sorts, based on the experiences of the film’s star, Beau Martin Williams. He was a former college football player and aspiring actor who was working the door of a hip Hollywood nightclub when a patron offered him a chance to make it big in the high-flying mortgage business.

Guests:
Beau Martin Williams, writer and actor, 'Americons' (@weuadiddly)

Plus-Size Fashion Goes Mainstream 7 MIN, 46 SEC

Target is unveiling a plus-size fashion line called Ava and Viv next month. Some are thrilled, others say it’s about time. Plus-size clothing is a nearly $20 billion business and nearly 40 percent of U.S. shoppers buy plus-size clothes, but only about 15 percent of clothes for sale fall into the plus-size category. Why has it taken so long for retailers to get on board?

Guests:
Marie Denee, The Curvy Fashionista (@MarieDenee)

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