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Is this the end of diplomacy? 23 MIN, 38 SEC

Ronan Farrow’s new book, “War on Peace,” is about the hollowing out of the state department and the move away from international diplomacy. It’s a trend that started with President Clinton and has accelerated under President Trump. Farrow talks about what happens if Trump withdraws from the Iran Nuclear deal, and about his Pulitzer Prize-winning series on Harvey Weinstein.

Guests:
Ronan Farrow, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of “War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence” (@RonanFarrow)

War on Peace

Ronan Farrow

Legal and ethical questions around DNA testing 7 MIN, 30 SEC

Investigators in Sacramento used the website GEDMatch.com to find relatives of their suspect in the Golden State Killer case. Identifying those relatives led to the arrest of Joseph DeAngelo. Using the genetic database, apparently without telling the company or other people who use it, raises legal and ethical questions.

Guests:
Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (@LevinsonJessica)

Women runners must be tested for testosterone in Olympics 10 MIN, 18 SEC

For decades, the international governing body for track and field, IAAF, has been trying to figure out how to determine which athletes are so-called “normal” women and which aren’t. They have a new set of rules: a woman’s testosterone level must be measured. If it’s too high, she must reduce it medically, stop competing, or compete against men. The rules apply only to women running the 400, 800, and 1500 meter races.

Guests:
Katrina Karkazis, Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale (@Karkazis)

More:
The treatment of Caster Semenya shows athletics' bias against women of colour

California succulents stolen and sold for big money in Asia 7 MIN, 7 SEC

International smugglers are stealing dudleya succulents off California coastlines, and illegally selling them for big money in China and Korea. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife have made several busts this year. They've recovered more than 3000 plants, and are replanting them. They’re collecting anonymous tips about suspicious behavior through the Cal Tip hotline 888-334-2258. People can also text CALTIP to 847411.


A bust of two Korean nationals with 850 plants on the south coast of Mendocino. 


Replanting efforts by the California Native Plant Society.
Photo courtesy of CNPS.


Patrick Freeling replanting. 

Photos courtesy of California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. 


Guests:
Patrick Freeling, Warden, California Department of Fish & Wildlife

More:
Succulent Plants Returned to the Cliffs from Where They Were Poached

CREDITS

Photo of Ronan Farrow by Brigitte Lacombe.

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Gina Pollack
Sarah Sweeney
Michell Eloy
Amy Ta
Christian Bordal
Quinn O'Toole
Yael Even Or

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