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A dry, thirsty Southern California is drinking up today’s rare rainfall. But are we doing enough to take advantage of it? We find out how we can do more. Plus, President Obama unveiled a new initiative this week to help young men of color succeed in America. But does it go far enough? We also discuss what Justin Bieber’s public meltdown indicates about our culture as a whole. We preview this Sunday’s big Oscars show. And we look at two films that tackle the same issue: One was made by a Palestinian filmmaker, the other by an Israeli.

Banner image: Rain over Los Angeles; credit: Nathan Gibbs

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

Capturing the Rain 9 MIN, 1 SEC

A dry, thirsty Southern California is drinking up today’s rare rainfall. But are we doing enough to take advantage of it?

Guests:
Andy Lipkis, TreePeople (@AndyLipkis)

My Brother's Keeper 6 MIN, 54 SEC

President Obama unveiled a new initiative this week to help young men of color succeed in America. But does it go far enough? Critics say it took the president far too long to work on this issue.

Guests:
Elahe Izadi, National Journal (@ElaheIzadi)

Bigger Than Bieber 9 MIN, 8 SEC

It only took four short years for a young, innocent Justin Bieber to transform into the chaotic, troubled teen star we see in news reports today. What happened in those years, and what does it say about our culture as a whole? Our guest points out that Bieber is the first pop star to spend his entire career in the social media spotlight. As one author puts it, “Bieber is just an amplified version of what all teens are experiencing.”

Guests:
Claire Hoffman, Rolling Stone

More:
Justin Bieber Just Won't Behave: Inside Rolling Stone's New Issue

And the Oscar Goes to... 13 MIN, 29 SEC

Sunday is the day Hollywood has been waiting for all year. We look ahead to the 86th annual Academy Awards in a special edition of our weekly film roundup.

Guests:
Kyle Buchanan, New York Magazine (@kylebuchanan)

Filming Across the Divide 9 MIN, 42 SEC

The Israeli movie Bethlehem is in theaters now. And the Palestinian film Omar will be out next week. And they have more in common than the fact that both were considered for Oscar nominations. Both stories center around an Israeli intelligence officer and his relationship with a Palestinian informant. We hear from the directors of both films, which tackle a similar issue from very, very different perspectives.

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

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