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We talk about the violence in Venezuela, how it started, and why the media hasn’t been following it very closely. Plus, a near-scandal on the ice has the Olympic community abuzz. The courts are considering two cases involving technology big-wigs. We’ll find out what that means for Silicon Valley (and Hollywood). And we hear how a recent court ruling is changing the way the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is issuing gun licenses.

Banner image: Peaceful protestors demonstrating in Caracas, Venezuela on February 12, 2014; credit: Diego Urdaneta

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

Venezuelan Violence 7 MIN, 33 SEC

Venezuelan streets are teeming with protesters, and government forces are violently cracking-down on them across the country. At least 8 people have died so far. But the situation has been mostly overshadowed in the U.S. media by the violence in Ukraine. Part of that is due to the government’s suppression of journalists in Venezuela.

Guests:
Juan Cristobal Nagel, Caracas Chronicles (@juannagel)

Olympic Update 7 MIN, 37 SEC

A huge upset in women's figure skating has the sports world abuzz. Some are even calling it a scandal. We’ll get the latest from Sochi.

Guests:
Stacy St. Clair, Reporter, Chicago Tribune (@StacyStClair)

Film Roundup 11 MIN, 22 SEC

The film Pompeii hits theaters today, starring Game of Thrones heartthrob Kit Harrington. We get the buzz about that, and talk about the huge reaction to the new Lego movie. Plus, our film guests look ahead to the Oscars best picture category.

Guests:
Christy Lemire, Film Critic, What The Flick?! (@christylemire)
Alonso Duralde, Film Critic, TheWrap.com (@ADuralde)

Silicon Valley vs. Hollywood 8 MIN, 3 SEC

A fight between two bloggers on the East Coast has surprisingly pitted heavy hitters from Hollywood against lawyers in Silicon Valley.  At stake? The future of copyright.

Guests:
Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times (@evanhalper)

A Silicon Valley Secret Pact 7 MIN, 51 SEC

In 2005, some of the biggest tech CEOs in Silicon Valley -- Apple’s Steve Jobs, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Paul Otellini of Intel, and a number of others -- allegedly made a secret agreement not to recruit each other’s employees. The U.S. Justice Department got wind of the pact and its investigation has resulted in a class action lawsuit by workers against these companies.

Guests:
Mark Ames, Senior Editor, PandoDaily (@MarkAmesExiled)

Gun Laws 6 MIN, 20 SEC

Until recently, it was up to your local sheriff to decide if you had the quote “good cause” and “good moral character” to carry a concealed weapon here in California. But last week a court ruled that the rules were too restrictive. Even though the ruling is on hold, Orange County has decided to change the way it issues gun licenses.

Guests:
Lt. Jeff Hallock, Orange County sheriff spokesman

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