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The FCC voted today to allow internet providers like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast to provide faster speeds for companies willing to pay. Jill Abramson has suddenly been fired from her job as executive editor at the New York Times, shocking the media world. New research shows that pumping water out of the aquifer in the central valley has caused more earthquakes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says bees are still dying at an alarming rate, and beekeepers are suffering hive theft. Also, scientists say foods containing GMO ingredients are safe to eat, but almost all Americans want GMO foods to be labeled.

Banner Image: People hold signs during one of many worldwide "March Against Monsanto" protests against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and agro-chemicals, in Los Angeles, California October 12, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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

Net Neutrality 10 MIN, 36 SEC

There is one internet... for now. But by a 3 to 2 decision the FCC voted today to potentially allow broadband providers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast to make deals with content companies for preferential treatment. This could create a two-tier system for the internet: faster speeds for web companies willing to pay compared to ones who don’t.

Guests:
Cecilia Kang, New York Times (@ceciliakang)
Sam Gustin, TIME Magazine (@samgustin)

More:
FCC approves plan to consider paid priority on Internet

NY Times Fires Its Executive Editor 7 MIN, 23 SEC

Jill Abramson has been fired from her job as executive editor at the New York Times for “newsroom management issues.” Her replacement is Dean Baquet, former editor at the LA Times who becomes the first African American to hold the post. But all the talk today is about the firing of Abramson. She’d been in the position for less than 3 years, and her ouster has shocked the media world.

Guests:
Doree Shafrir, Contributing Editor, New York magazine

Droughts and Earthquakes 6 MIN, 27 SEC

Could the drought be causing earthquakes? New research shows that pumping water out of the aquifer in the central valley has increased seismic activity.

Guests:
Geoff Blewitt, University of Nevada, Reno

More:
California Central Valley groundwater depletion slowly raises Sierra Nevada mountains
Uplift and seismicity driven by groundwater depletion in central California

Bees 11 MIN, 54 SEC

Bees are crucial to pollinating many, many crops. But they’ve been mysteriously dying off for the past decade, which is bad news for beekeepers, farmers, and anyone who eats fruits and vegetables. And today, more bad news: the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its annual report on bee mortality, which found that they’re still dying at an alarming rate.

Guests:
Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News (@AlanBjerga)
Brandon Buoye, BWB Honey Company

More:
Report on the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health

The Fight Over GMOs 9 MIN, 46 SEC

Scientists say foods containing GMO ingredients are safe to eat, but 93% of Americans want GMO foods to be labeled, and there are 84 GMO labeling bills in 29 states, as well as two competing bills in Congress. What’s going on here?

Guests:
Molly Ball, The Atlantic (@mollyesque)

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