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The race for the 45th House district and northern OC politics 8 MIN, 23 SEC

The California primary election is Tuesday June 5. Democrats want to take over Congress this election cycle, and California Democrats are making a big push to do their part. They‘ve targeted a number of Republican-held seats. One of them is the 45th district in northern Orange County, which includes Irvine and Mission Viejo. Republican Mimi Walters currently represents that district.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, Host, 'There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles' (@SaulKCRW)

More:
A GOP surprise: House midterm hope in California

China won't take our recyclables anymore, so what should we do about that milk jug? 7 MIN, 52 SEC

China is not taking a lot of our garbage anymore, and that’s a big problem for recycling. This year, China banned different kinds of plastic and paper, and tightened standards for what it does accept. China’s new rules are forcing cities to scramble to find other countries to accept their trash, and to rethink consumption and waste habits.


Annie Leonard, founder of Greenpeace USA. Photo courtesy of Leonard. 

Guests:
Annie Leonard, Greenpeace USA (@AnnieMLeonard)

More:
Your Recycling Gets Recycled, Right? Maybe, or Maybe Not
6 Things You're Recycling Wrong
CalRecycle’s response to China policy

Why Rwanda doesn't want your hand-me-downs 7 MIN, 45 SEC

When we donate clothes to Goodwill, we think we’re recycling and being generous at the same time. Often, our old clothes end up in Africa because that’s where Goodwill has been sending them. But now some African countries are saying, “Thanks, but no thanks.” In Rwanda, President Paul Kagame wants to ban all imports of used clothes by 2019 -- in an effort to bolster the domestic economy.


Ghana-based journalist Ismail Akwei. 
Credit: Rey Vladyc Mangouta/ El Rey Photography. 

Guests:
Ismail Akwei, Face2Face Africa (@akweiakwei)

More:
Defiant Rwanda faces U.S trade sanctions over ban on used clothes import
How the US and Rwanda have fallen out over second-hand clothes

Haifaa Al-Mansour: 'When I started making films in Saudi Arabia, people were laughing at me' 13 MIN, 37 SEC

Haifaa Al-Mansour is the first Saudi woman to direct a film. Her movie "Wadjda” was Saudi Arabia’s first submission for an Oscar. Her latest work is "Mary Shelley," a biopic of the “Frankenstein” author. In Saudi Arabia, women aren’t allowed to make major decisions alone. They can't sign a contract or make travel plans. And they must be covered in public.


Filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour at KCRW. Photo by Amy Ta. 


Elle Fanning as the lead in "Mary Shelley." Photo courtesy of IFC Films. 

Guests:
Haifaa Al-Mansour, Director of “Mary Shelley” (@HaifaaMansour)

Russian journalist fakes his own assassination 7 MIN, 39 SEC

Police had released a photo of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko’s body, laying in a pool of blood with three gunshot wounds in his back. He was apparently assassinated in Ukraine. But this morning, Babchenko walked up to the microphone during a press conference in Kiev about his own murder. He had been working with Ukrainian police to fake his own assassination -- to foil an actual plot against his life.

Guests:
Amie Ferris-Rotman, Washington Post (@Amie_FR)

CREDITS

Image of filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour at KCRW by Amy Ta.

Host:
Madeleine Brand

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

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