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We start with a look south of the border: Why has the disappearance of 43 student-teachers in Mexico galvanized protesters there to such an extreme degree? And is the U.S. paying enough attention to the crisis? Next, in our weekly TV roundup, we look at the rape allegations against comedian Bill Cosby and how they’re impacting his small screen career. Then, NPR’s David Greene discusses his new book, about an epic railroad journey he took across Russia. And finally, a new music streaming service created by YouTube is entering a crowded field with a competitive advantage.

Banner Image: Protesters throw stones at riot police during protests over the missing 43 trainee teachers in Chilpancingo November 11, 2014. Members of the CETEG (State Coordinator of Teachers of Guerrero teachers' union) clashed with riot police during protests in reprisal for the killing of 43 trainee teachers after the government said corrupt police in league with a local drug gang abducted and apparently murdered the students in the southwestern state of Guerrero in late September. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

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

Mexico Still Embroiled in Protest 8 MIN, 57 SEC

Massive protests continued in Mexico over the weekend, seven weeks after they were set off by the disappearance of 43 students. We now know that the students were abducted by gang members dispatched by a local mayor, and appear to have been murdered. Mexico has a long history of civilian kidnapping and violence. So why has this particular crime set off such national outrage?

Guests:
Joshua Partlow, Washington Post (@partlowj)

U.S. “Looking Away” From Mexican Crisis? 8 MIN, 39 SEC

Has the American media been ignoring the crisis sparked in Mexico by the disappearance and probable murder of 43 student-teachers? One writer says yes, and argues that we should be paying closer attention.

Guests:
Ruben Martinez, Loyola Marymount University

More:
Mexico reels, and the U.S. looks away

Bill Cosby’s TV Legacy Marred by Rape Allegations 9 MIN, 13 SEC

It’s been more than two decades since The Cosby Show went off the air. But for younger generations who didn’t grow up with Cliff, Theo, and the whole Cosby gang, they may only know Bill Cosby for one thing: the rape allegations that have been leveled against him. The accusations could impact the comedian’s plans to launch a new show. We discuss that and more in our weekly television roundup.

Guests:
Todd VanDerWerff, culture editor for Vox.com (@tvoti)
Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)

“Midnight in Siberia” 14 MIN, 30 SEC

Russia has been in the news a lot lately, between President Vladimir Putin’s early departure from the G20 summit this weekend to the country’s incursions into Ukraine.

But outside of Putin’s Kremlin, and Moscow, there is a vast and seldom written-about Russia. NPR’s David Greene explored that landscape for his latest book, Midnight in Siberia: A Train Ride Into the Heart of Russia. It chronicles an epic journey Greene took on the trans-Siberian Railroad.

Guests:
David Greene, NPR (@nprgreene)

Midnight in Siberia

David Greene

The Troubles With Streaming 7 MIN, 19 SEC

It appears that Taylor Swift and Spotify are never, ever getting back together. But maybe she’ll have a better relationship with Spotify’s newest competitor, a music streaming service announced by YouTube last week called YouTube Music Key. It’s entering the field with a big advantage: its parent company. Every month, people watch billions of hours of YouTube, with 40 percent of that time spent on music videos.

Guests:
Joan Solsman, CNET (@joan_e)

More:
YouTube Music Key
YouTube's Music Key: Can paid streaming finally hook the masses?

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