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Long-time foreign correspondent Patrick Cockburn has a new book out that tracks the swift rise of ISIS. We talk with him about some of the latest brutality by the extremist group and how it gained its power. We also look at the alleged connections between 9/11, Al Qaeda, and the Saudi Royal family. Plus, Anthem, the second largest health insurance company in the US, says it was the victim of hackers and up to 80 million customers may be affected. We talk about that, net neutrality, two big internet-related trials, and the rise of Left Shark in our internet roundup. And producer Matt Holzman takes us inside the new documentary about L.A. food journalist Jonathan Gold.

Banner Image: Laura Gabbert, L.A. food critic Jonathan Gold, and Andrea Lewis at the premiere of the documentary City of Goldat Sundance Film Festival; Credit: Matt Holzman

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

The Rise of ISIS 16 MIN, 31 SEC
Jordanian airstrikes hammered ISIS targets in Syria today. The strikes are in retaliation for the murder of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State jihadists. The militants burned the captured pilot alive. And a new UN report says ISIS is systematically killing, torturing and raping Iraqi children. Brutality has become a hallmark of the Islamic State. But just over a year ago, few people knew about the group. Long-time foreign correspondent Patrick Cockburn has a new book out that tracks the swift rise of ISIS.

Guests:
Patrick Cockburn, Independent

The Rise of Islamic State

Patrick Cockburn

The Saudi-Terror Connection 9 MIN, 47 SEC
Families of those killed in al qaeda’s 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center have sued the government of Saudi Arabia alleging it financed the attackers. That lawsuit has been working its way through the U.S. court system since 2002. Recently, high-level al qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaoui was allowed to testify in the case from his high security prison in Colorado. Moussaoui testified that he met with members of the Saudi royal family as a messenger for Bin Laden.

Guests:
Scott Shane, New York Times (@ScottShaneNYT)

More:
Moussaoui Calls Saudi Princes Patrons of Al Qaeda

Anthem Hack 5 MIN, 56 SEC
Many of us got an email today from health insurer Anthem saying it had been the victim of hacking. The second largest health insurance company in the US says up to 80 million people may have been affected. The company says medical records and credit card numbers were not stolen, but social security numbers, birthdays, and employment data were.

Guests:
Jose Pagliery, CNN Money (@Jose_Pagliery)

Bitcoin

Jose Pagliery

Is the Internet a Utility? 10 MIN, 21 SEC

Net Neutrality can be the third rail of radio. It’s a ridiculously confusing and complicated issue. But if you spend any time sitting behind a computer, it affects you...and if you watch any streaming movies or TV shows, it really could affect you. And yesterday, the FCC made huge news in the fight over net neutrality. We talk about that and other internet news, including the rise of everyone’s favorite dancing shark.

Guest Xeni Jardin of Boing Boing has superimposed Noam Chomsky quotes over the now-famous Left Shark.

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

City of Gold 7 MIN, 59 SEC

The Sundance Film Festival wrapped up on Monday, and Park City has gone back to being just another quaint ski town instead of the temporary nucleus of the indie film world. Press Play producer Matt Holzman went to the festival this year, and before he headed to the airport to come home, he stopped in for one more movie -- a new documentary about Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold -- the only food critic to ever win the Pulitzer Prize. The documentary, City of Gold, has been described as a love letter to Los Angeles.


Press Tent - The red carpet - such as it was - at the 'City of Gold' premiere


Laura Gabbert, Jonathan Gold and co-producer Andrea Lewis on the red carpet


Jonathan Gold answers a question from the audience after the movie

Guests:
Matt Holzman, Producer, 'Press Play' and 'First Take' (@KCRW_Matt)

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