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President Obama plans to announce a new large-scale response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa today. We discuss the details and talk to a healthcare worker fighting the epidemic in Liberia. We also hear about the knock-down, drag-out fight that continues in the nation’s capital over Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower memorial plans for the National Mall. Plus, we take a trip down the country’s most endangered river, the San Joaquin, from the Sierra Nevadas to the San Francisco Bay. And we learn about a 770-pound colossal squid that scientists just dissected in New Zealand.

Banner Image: Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director-General for Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration (World Health Organization) during the press conference on the Ebola virus. 16 September 2014. Credit: UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

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

The New Ebola Plan 16 MIN, 58 SEC

President Obama plans to announce a new response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa today. We’ll discuss whether the plan goes far enough. And we talk with an emergency medical worker who’s in Liberia fighting the outbreak.

International Medical Corps video from its ebola treatment unit in Liberia

Guests:
Jack Chow, Carnegie Mellon University
Sean Casey, International Medical Corps

The Eisenhower Memorial Fight 8 MIN

A knock-down, drag-out fight continues in the nation’s capital over Frank Gehry’s planned Eisenhower memorial on the National Mall. KCRW’s Frances Anderton explains what the issues are and why Gehry may end up dropping the project, $41 million into it.

Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial design plan

Guests:
Frances Anderton, Host, 'DnA: Design & Architecture' (@FrancesAnderton)

More:
View more images of the plan at the Eisenhower Memorial page

A Trip Down the San Joaquin 13 MIN, 53 SEC

California’s second longest river runs 417 miles, from the Sierra Nevadas near Yosemite to the San Francisco Bay. The advocacy group American Rivers recently named it the most endangered river in the country. The threats: over engineering, over diversion and just plain old overuse. It was these threats - and the idea that a river could die - that inspired CNN’s John Sutter to travel the river on kayak... and sometimes on foot.

Guests:
John Sutter, CNN (@jdsutter)

More:
John Sutter: My 417-Mile Trip Down 'Apocalypse River'

Colossal (But Not Giant) Squid 6 MIN, 41 SEC

Earlier this year, scientists trawling Antarctica’s remote Ross Sea hauled aboard a real life sea monster: a 770-pound colossal squid. The opportunity to examine these astonishing creatures is very rare. And it’s just not the scientists who are fascinated: something like 142,000 people from 180 countries watched the dissection live online.

Scientists explain and dissect a 770-pound squid

Guests:
Stephanie Bush, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

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