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Today we dive into two national health issues.

First, a Senate investigation of the contaminated medical scopes that have infected and killed people in hospitals around the country.

Next, the lead poisoning epidemic beyond Flint, Michigan. Several other counties in the country report they have higher rates of lead poisoning than the children of Flint.

After that, a look at property crackdowns in Los Angeles. The city attorney is suing a mid-city motel owner accused of fostering a crime- and drug-riddled building.

Then, we talk to a reporter who profiled a Syrian family who made it into the U.S.

And finally, our regular movie roundup, just in time for the Sundance Film Festival.

Banner Image Credit: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Laura Swisher

Medical Scopes 9 MIN, 25 SEC

A recent Senate investigation found that 16 hospitals across the country that saw infections and deaths as a result of tainted scopes failed to file mandatory federal reports on them. Last year, seven patients were infected and three patients died as a result of tainted scopes at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The Food and Drug Administration did not notify hospitals about issues with the scopes until it was reported by the Los Angeles Times. Since then, the company that manufactures the scopes, Olympus Corp., has recalled the scopes and announced plans for a redesign. But is it too late?

Guests:
Chad Terhune, Kaiser Health News (@chadterhune)

Lead Poisoning Beyond Flint 6 MIN, 23 SEC

It’s not just the residents of Flint, Michigan, who should be worried about their water. Several other counties across the country have reported higher rates of lead poisoning than the children of Flint. Some of those places are in Louisiana, West Virginia, Alabama and Kentucky, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But not all counties or states even report lead levels to the federal government.

Guests:
Sarah Frostenson, Vox (@sfrostenson)

Property Crackdown 8 MIN, 33 SEC

Today Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced he was suing a mid-city hotel owner. Feuer says the place is a magnet for drugs and crime and that he wants it cleaned up. He also wants the motel owner to live there until the job gets done. What’s more, Feuer is using this strategy all over the city. We talk to him and ask whether he is seeing any results.

Guests:
Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney (@Mike_Feuer)

Syrian Refugees Getting Into the U.S. 11 MIN, 39 SEC

A recent Senate bill to block Syrian refugees from coming into the United States failed. But that doesn’t mean hoards of Syrians have entered the country since then. In fact, fewer than 3,000 Syrians have been able to resettle in the U.S. since 2011. And in light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, it’s been even harder for Syrian refugees to find a home in the West. We talked with a reporter who profiled one Syrian family’s difficulties in getting into the U.S.

Guests:
Eliza Griswold, journalist and author (@elizagriswold)

Movie Roundup 10 MIN, 32 SEC

We discuss the day’s movie releases, including The 5th Wave, The Boy, and Dirty Grandpa with film critic Witney Seibold.

Guests:
Witney Seibold, Crave Online (@witneyseibold)

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