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The United States believes pro-Russian separatists shot down the Malaysian Airlines flight with an anti-aircraft missile. We get the latest on that, and we hear about an internationally renowned AIDS researcher who lost his life in the incident. We also talk to the new leader of LA’s teacher union about his plans for the organization. In our weekly film roundup, we hear about a casting call that some are calling racist, and we hear about this weekend’s new releases. And we discuss some of the transportation mysteries of Southern California.

Banner Image:  VTA Light Rail Transit, photo credit: DanTD

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

Malaysian Airlines FL MH17 5 MIN

The United States believes pro-Russian separatists shot down the Malaysian Airlines flight with an anti-aircraft missile. But it’s not clear yet exactly who launched the missile, or why. Russia, the separatists, and the Ukrainian government have all denied responsibility. Meanwhile, the crash site remains a gruesome scene. All two hundred and ninety-eight people on board the plane died, including 80 children.

Guests:
Anne Gearan, Washington Post (@agearan)

AIDS Researcher Among Malaysian Flight Victims 5 MIN

One of the people who died on the Malaysia Airlines flight was Joep Lange, a prominent HIV/AIDS researcher. He, along with as many as 100 others, was on his way to attend the International AIDS Conference starting this weekend in Melbourne, Australia.

Guests:
Tom Coates, Director of the UCLA Center for World Health and associate director of the UCLA AIDS Institute.

Alex Caputo-Pearl 5 MIN

Here in Los Angeles, public school students have less than a month of vacation left. School starts on August 12. With the new school year, comes a new teachers’ union leader. Alex Caputo-Pearl took office July First...and at a national convention last weekend, he promised a more aggressive union that’s not afraid to go on strike.

Guests:
Alex Caputo-Pearl, United Teachers Los Angeles (@UTLAnow)

Purges, Sex Tapes, and a Dubious Casting Call 5 MIN

A casting call for the NWA biopic "Straight Outta Compton" is causing an uproar this week. We talk about that, plus the new releases “Sex Tape” and “Purge: Anarchy.”

Guests:
James Rocchi, The Lunch (@jamesrochhi)
Alicia Malone, Malone’s Movie Minute (@aliciamalone)

Transportation Mysteries 5 MIN

Last week, Governor Brown lifted a ban on light rail in the San Fernando Valley. But why was it banned in the first place? We get the answer to that and other transportation mysteries around Southern California.

Guests:
Martin Wachs, RAND Corporation / University of California (@RANDCorporation)

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