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Kentucky businessman and Tea Party Republican Matt Bevin promised to repeal Obamacare if he was elected governor of Kentucky. Yesterday, surprisingly, Bevin won that election. Until now, Kentucky has been seen as one of the Affordable Care Act’s success stories. So what went wrong?

Then, a new study from two Princeton economists has shocked the public health world. It finds that unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group, unlike similar populations in other countries, one group of people is dying at a much higher rate than ever before: middle-aged white Americans.

Next: Dark matter. It’s stuff that scientists say is all around us, but we can’t see it or touch it or smell it. It doesn’t show up on any of our scientific instruments, but it makes up about 85 percent of stuff in the universe. And when dinosaurs went extinct, could dark matter have played a role in their disappearance?

Then, a quarter of California’s public school students are English language learners. In class, it can be difficult to keep up, so today the State Board of Education is adopting a new teaching method that’s being described as groundbreaking.

Finally, Tijuana went from party city to war zone in the span of a single year. It was 2008 and a wave of brazen narco violence washed over the city; homicides tripled from the previous year. Businesses shuttered, tourism dried up, the people of the city lived in fear for their lives, and a burgeoning arts scene went into hibernation. But today, the arts scene is coming back in a big way.

Banner Image: Dark matter is invisible. Based on the effect of gravitational lensing, a ring of dark matter has been inferred in this image of a galaxy cluster (CL0024+17) and has been represented in blue.

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Press Play on rising mortality rates for middle-aged whites

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Obamacare Challenges 8 MIN, 20 SEC

Kentucky businessman and Tea Party Republican Matt Bevin promised to repeal Obamacare if he was elected governor of Kentucky. Well yesterday, surprisingly, Bevin won that election. Until now, Kentucky has been seen as one of the Affordable Care Act’s success stories. So what went wrong?

Guests:
Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News (@KHNews)

Mortality Rate Rising for Middle-Aged Whites 7 MIN, 55 SEC

A new study from two Princeton economists has shocked the public health world. It finds that unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group, unlike similar populations in other countries, one group of people is dying at a much higher rate than ever before: middle-aged white Americans.

Guests:
Ron Lee, UC Berkeley

Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs 14 MIN, 4 SEC

Dark matter. It’s stuff that scientists say is all around us, but we can’t see it or touch it or smell it. It doesn’t show up on any of our scientific instruments, but it makes up about 85 percent of stuff in the universe. And when dinosaurs went extinct, could dark matter have played a role in their disappearance?

Guests:
Lisa Randall, Harvard University (@lirarandall)

CA Language Learners 6 MIN, 49 SEC

A quarter of California’s public school students are English language learners. In class, it can be difficult to keep up, so today the State Board of Education is adopting a new teaching method that’s being described as groundbreaking.

Guests:
Tom Adams, California Department of Education

Tijuana Culture 9 MIN, 19 SEC

Tijuana went from party city to war zone in the space of a single year. It was 2008 and a wave of brazen narco violence had washed over the city; homicides had tripled from the previous year. Businesses shuttered, tourism dried up, the people of the city lived in fear for their lives, and a burgeoning arts scene went into hibernation. But today, the arts scene is coming back in a big way. 

Guests:
Carolina Miranda, Los Angeles Times (@cmonstah)

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