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It’s make-or-break time for the U.S. soccer team at the World Cup today. If we win, we move on. If not, we’re out. In our weekly TV roundup, we talk about high-profile departures at “The View” and ABC News. Then: A new California law takes effect today requiring disability insurance plans to cover mental illnesses. But how hard is it to for people suffering from mental illness to navigate getting coverage? Next, the ongoing turmoil in Iraq can be partly traced to the drawing of the country’s modern borders hundreds of years ago -- we look at how they came to be. Finally, real-time feeds of wildlife have become popular on the Internet. But what happens when viewers decide to interfere with nature?

photo credit: By Steve Evans from Citizen of the World

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Make or Break For U.S. at the World Cup 9 MIN, 11 SEC

The U.S. soccer team faces Belgium on the pitch today at the World Cup in Brazil. It’s a make-or-break game: If the U.S. wins, we’ll advance to play Argentina. If we lose, we’re out.

Guests:
Graham Parker, Graham Parker writer for the US bureau of The Guardian. (@KidWeil)

TV Roundup 8 MIN, 19 SEC

In this week’s television roundup, it’s all about departures. We’ll get the latest on the housecleaning happening at “The View,” Diane Sawyer’s exit as ABC news chair and the first episode of the new HBO series “The Leftovers.”

Guests:
Michael Schneider, TV Guide magazine (@Franklinavenue)

New Disability Insurance Law 9 MIN, 4 SEC

A new California law takes effect today requiring disability insurance plans to cover severe mental illnesses, including anorexia, bipolar disorders, bulimia and schizophrenia. We look at how difficult it is for people suffering from mental illness to get coverage.

Guests:
Jim Preis, Mental Health Advocacy Services (@MHAS_LA)

A History of Iraq’s Borders 13 MIN, 38 SEC

A deal to form a new government in Iraq collapsed today. Meanwhile, the Sunni militant group ISIS declared over the weekend that the country is now an Islamic state ruled over by a supreme religious leader. This unrest didn’t happen overnight; its origins trace back hundreds of years, when the modern Middle East borders were drawn. We take a look at those borders, how they came to be and how they laid groundwork for the today’s turmoil.

Guests:
James Gelvin, James Gelvin is professor of history at UCLA and author of “The Modern Middle East: A History.”

Eagle Cam Adventure 6 MIN, 10 SEC

All over the world, hundreds of wildlife cameras capture bears, birds and fish in real time and stream the footage online. When an eagle in a popular wildlife stream was injured recently, virtual bird-watching turned into a real-life rescue. The episode raised all kinds of questions about wildlife cameras, why we’re drawn to them and how we interact with nature.

Guests:
Jon Mooallem, New York Times Magazine (@jmooallem)

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