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The House voted today to freeze funding to Planned Parenthood for a year while they investigate the women’s health organization. When it comes to abortion, why is it so hard for Americans to find common ground? And how did abortion become the hot-button issue that never seems to cool down?

Then, SWAT teams were first created here in Los Angeles after the 1965 Watts riots. Since then, the use of SWAT teams has increased across the country. The so-called “militarization” of the police became controversial after we saw scenes of officers in armored vehicles facing down protesters in Ferguson, Missouri last year.

Next, Johnny Depp wears blue contacts. The kids from the Maze Runner are still running. And a white, male genius gets a biopic. All things movies and more in our Friday film roundup.

Finally, the 40th Toronto International Film Festival wraps up this weekend. What began in 1976 has become one of the world’s biggest and most important film festivals marketplaces.

Banner Image: American Life League and Stop Planned Parenthood International participate in the National Day of Protest on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at a proposed Planned Parenthood facility in Washington, D.C.; Credit: American Life League

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

The History of Abortion Politics 10 MIN, 54 SEC

The House voted today to freeze funding to Planned Parenthood for a year while they investigate the women’s health organization. When it comes to abortion, why is it so hard for Americans to find common ground? And how did abortion become the hot-button issue that never seems to cool down?

Guests:
Jessica Waters, American University (@JessicaWatersAU)

New Film, 'Peace Officer,' Explores the Expansion of Police Militarization 11 MIN, 3 SEC

SWAT teams were first created here in Los Angeles after the 1965 Watts riots. Since then, the use of SWAT teams has increased across the country. The so-called “militarization” of the police became controversial after we saw scenes of officers in armored vehicles facing down protesters in Ferguson, Missouri last year.

Guests:
Scott Christopherson, co-director and co-producer, 'Peace Officer'
William "Dub" Lawrence, former sheriff of Davis County, Utah

Film Roundup: 'Black Mass,' 'Sicario,' 'Maze Runner' 13 MIN, 44 SEC

Johnny Depp wears blue contacts. The kids from the Maze Runner are still running. And a white, male genius gets a biopic. Surprise! All things movies and more in our Friday film roundup.

Guests:
Christy Lemire, What The Flick?! (@christylemire)
Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood (@MovieMantz)

Small Films Shine at the Toronto International Film Festival 8 MIN, 39 SEC

The 40th Toronto International Film Festival wraps up this weekend. What began in 1976 has become one of the world’s biggest and most important film festivals and marketplaces. But the smaller films are the stars for our own Press Play producer Matt Holzman. He’s also the host of KCRW’s screening series First Take.

Guests:
Matt Holzman, Producer, 'Press Play' and 'First Take' (@KCRW_Matt)

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