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It could take months to clean up the oil spill that has blanketed Santa Barbara’s coastline and threatened wildlife. We get an update and find out how a 1969 spill along the same coast helped spark the environmental movement. Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin explains the significance of Spotify’s move beyond music. And we meet one of Silicon Valley’s new hi-tech workers: a teenager. Also, the FBI relies on more than 15 thousand informants, but what happens when the agency doesn’t need them anymore?

Banner Image: Oil spill cleanup efforts on Santa Barbara’s coastline. Photo Credit: Saul Gonzalez

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

Cleanup Efforts are Underway in the Santa Barbara Oil Spill 8 MIN, 54 SEC

More than 100 thousand gallons of oil may have spilled in this week’s pipeline rupture in Santa Barbara. Even though the pipeline runs on land, more than 20 thousand gallons of oil flowed into the ocean. Cleanup efforts are underway and could take months. The pipeline is owned and operated by the Texas-based company, Plains All American Pipeline, which runs 18 thousand miles of pipelines across several states. This is not the company's first safety issue.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)
Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times (@julie_cart)

More:
Santa Barbara oil spill: Pipeline operator has long record of problems

Reminder of a 1969 Catastrophe In This Week’s Oil Spill 7 MIN, 41 SEC

Back in 1969 a pipeline along the Santa Barbara seafloor exploded, releasing millions of gallons of oil into the ocean. Thousands of birds, fish, and marine animals were killed. At the time it was the worst disaster of the kind and was the catalyst for the modern environmental movement, including the first Earth Day a year later. While subsequent spills were even more disastrous, the 1969 spill still reverberates with environmentalists.

Guests:
Peter Alagona, UC Santa Barbara

More:
The 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill that changed oil and gas exploration forever

Web Roundup with Xeni Jardin: Spotify Gets Bigger, DIY Computers 7 MIN, 58 SEC

The streaming music service Spotify is expanding to take a bigger bite out of the entertainment apple. The company is adding podcasts, videos, and so-called smart features like music that adapts to the listener’s running pace. It’s looking to compete with new products from Apple and others, but will it work? We also hear about Pi-Top, an open source DIY laptop; and a company that makes it easier to remix video clips.

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

More:
Spotify's new features see it step up competition with Apple
The future of manufacturing will happen on your desktop
Mediabreaker: remix tool to foster the next generation of Jon Stewarts

The Hi-Tech Teens of Silicon Valley 13 MIN, 17 SEC

In the world of Silicon Valley, the talent is getting younger and younger. College dropouts have joined the ranks of tech companies for years, but now high school dropouts are calling the valley home. These are kids who were skipping school anyway to attend hack-a-thons; and kids who’ve already made apps on top ten most-downloaded lists. Bored with regular teenage life, they are headed to Silicon Valley to work in the tech sector. Tech journalist Nellie Bowles wrote about them in “Real Teens of Silicon Valley,” an article for the California Sunday Magazine

Guests:
Nellie Bowles, Re/code (@NellieBowles)
Jackson Greathouse Fall, independent designer (@jacksonfall)

More:
The Real Teens of Silicon Valley Inside the almost-adult lives of the industry’s newest recruits

What Happens to FBI Informants When They Aren’t Needed Anymore? 10 MIN

Stopping terrorism has become one of the most important missions for law enforcement these days. To help that effort, law enforcement agencies depend on informants who are trusted by the would-be perpetrator. The FBI, alone, relies on more than 15 thousand informants. But those informants can be unreliable people with conflicting motives or criminal records. Author Trevor Aaronson wrote about one such case where the FBI relied on a convicted child molester and what happened when the FBI didn’t need him anymore.

Guests:
Trevor Aaronson, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (@trevoraaronson)

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