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As President Obama arrives in LA, a look at the latest Secret Service Scandal: two senior agents ran a government car into White House security barricades after apparently drinking. Why has the agency had so many lapses? Then, South by Southwest kicks off in Austin, Texas this week. Before the panels and music showcases, educators and tech experts get together for sxsw EDU. Next, Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin remembers Lisa Bonchek Adams, who blogged, tweeted and Facebooked her way through a years-long battle with breast cancer. She died last week at age 45. Finally, two perspectives on California’s Central Valley. We hear from a photographer who has documented the devastating effects of the drought and poverty in the region, and then from a man who wants to start a utopian community in the Central Valley.

Banner Image: Members of the U.S. Secret Service keep watch at the fence surrounding the White House in Washington March 12, 2015. The U.S. Secret Service said on Wednesday that two agents were under investigation after an incident last week in which they were reported to have driven a government car into White House barricades after drinking at a late-night party. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

Another Secret Service Scandal 8 MIN, 44 SEC

The Secret Service is in hot water, again. Two senior secret service agents ran a government car into White House security barricades, last week. It appears they’d been out drinking, and one of them is second-in-command on the President’s security detail. Suffice to say, he’s probably not with the President today in Los Angeles. These aren’t the only recent missteps by the agency. What’s going on inside the Secret Service?

Guests:
Carol Leonnig, Washington Post (@CarolLeonnig)

More:
Secret Service agents investigated after car hits White House barricade

Education at South by Southwest (#sxswEDU) 8 MIN, 34 SEC

The California Board of Education will not use test scores to rate public schools for the next year. Instead, it will continue to work on other, less tangible measures of success, such as student engagement and school climate. The change speaks to the question, what makes a good school? That’s also a central question at the Texas technology and entertainment festival South by Southwest, which starts this week with a gathering of educators and tech experts. How are they putting their heads together?

Guests:
Adriene Hill, covers the intersection of tech and education as part of Marketplace’s Learning Curve project (@adrienehill)

Web News: Remembering Lisa Bonchek Adams 10 MIN, 2 SEC

For eight years, Lisa Bonchek Adams chronicled her struggle with breast cancer on her blog and in social media; almost every detail. She built up a huge following, attracting some 15,000 Twitter followers. Lisa Adams died last Friday. She was 45. Since then, there’s been an outpouring online from her readers, most of whom she had never met. But before she died, she had been accused by some prominent people of oversharing online. Last year, former New York Times editor Bill Keller and his wife, Emma Gilbey Keller -- also a journalist -- both wrote pieces critical of Adams. This week we devote our entire weekly web roundup segment to remembering Adams with our regular Internet analyst, Xeni Jardin, who knew her personally and professionally.

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

The Central Valley, Part One: Dry Despair 13 MIN, 26 SEC

California’s Central Valley, the powerhouse of the state’s agriculture industry, is now under assault from the drought. We take a look at the region from two perspectives, starting with a dark picture of fallow crops and poverty. Photographer Matt Black has documented the troubles of the Central Valley in stark black and white images that have appeared in many magazines, including the New Yorker. Black was also chosen as TIME magazine’s “Instagram photographer of the year” last year. We talk to Black, who grew up and still lives in the Central Valley, about how it’s changed since he first started photographing it two decades ago.

Guests:
Matt Black, documentary photographer (@MattBlack_Matt)

The Central Valley, Part Two: Gold Dust? 7 MIN, 20 SEC

Now, a different take on the Central Valley and its future. One entrepreneur sees potential gold in the dust. He’s trying to build a utopian community there -- one where the streets are lined with lush vegetation, the air is clear, and where humanity, nature, and technology exist in harmony. We talk to him about his idealistic vision and what he’s doing about it.

Guests:
Quay Hays, Grow Holdings

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