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After more than 50 years of fighting, there may be peace between Colombia’s guerilla group, FARC, and the government. Talks have been taking place in Havana, Cuba, where Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced a breakthrough in negotiations yesterday. And over the past two decades, the Pentagon has spent $2.7 billion on a little-known air defense system. It’s a fleet of big white blimps meant to detect missile or drone strikes—and so far, it’s been a dud. Then, L.A.’s biggest craft brewery is about to get a whole lot bigger. Golden Road Brewing Company announced yesterday that it had sold out to Anheuser-Busch. What does this mean for the craft beer landscape in Los Angeles? Next, in 2008, authorities raided the compound of the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints - a polygamous, unsanctioned off-shoot of the Mormon Church. Since then, six FLDS members have been convicted of various crimes, including the self-appointed prophet of the sect, Warren Jeffs. Jeffs is serving life plus 20 years for two felony counts of child sexual assault. But according to a new documentary, he still runs the FLDS from prison—and the church still has 10,000 members. Finally, could Volkswagen’s massive software cheat have been avoided if its car software was open source? Copyright activists argue yes, and that more software transparency would make cars safer not just for the environment, but from malicious hackers as well.  

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

FARC Peace Agreement 8 MIN, 4 SEC

After more than 50 years of fighting, the FARC may be coming in from the cold. The Colombian Marxist guerrilla group has been in peace talks with the government there for three years. The talks have been taking place in Havana, Cuba, where Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced a breakthrough in negotiations yesterday.

Guests:
Juan Forero, Wall Street Journal (@WSJForero)

More:
Colombia, FARC Rebel Group Reach Breakthrough Agreement in Peace Talks

The Pentagon's 'Zombie' Blimps Program 8 MIN, 42 SEC

Over the past two decades, the Pentagon has spent $2.7 billion on a little-known air defense system. It’s a fleet of big white blimps meant to detect missile or drone strikes—and so far, it’s been a dud. So much so that today’s L.A. Times calls it a “zombie” program: Expensive, ineffective and impossible to kill.

Guests:
David Willman, Los Angeles Times

More:
How a $2.7 billion air-defense system became a 'zombie' program

The State of Craft Beer in Los Angeles 8 MIN, 38 SEC

L.A.’s biggest craft brewery is about to get a whole lot bigger. Golden Road Brewing Company announced yesterday that it had sold out to Anheuser-Busch. So what does this sale say about the craft beer landscape in Los Angeles?

Guests:
Jolie Myers, Managing Producer, 'Press Play'

More:
Big Beer Buyout: Anheuser-Busch Acquires Golden Road Brewing

'Prophet’s Prey' 13 MIN, 45 SEC

In 2008, authorities raided the compound of the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints - a polygamous, unsanctioned off-shoot of the Mormon Church. The media descended on the “Yearning for Zion” Ranch in Texas and watched as more than 400 children were bused out by Child Protective Services. Since then, six FLDS members have been convicted of various crimes, including the self-appointed prophet of the sect, Warren Jeffs. Jeffs is serving life plus 20 years for two felony counts of child sexual assault. But according to a new documentary, he still runs the FLDS from prison - and the church still has 10,000 members.

Guests:
Amy Berg, documentary filmmaker (@disarmingfilms)
Jon Krakauer, author, 'Under the Banner of Heaven'
Sam Brower, private investigator and author (@SamBrowerpi)

More:
Horrifying polygamist preacher doc Prophet's Prey -- exclusive trailer

Web Roundup: VW Hack and More 7 MIN, 55 SEC

Could Volkswagen’s massive software cheat have been avoided if its car software was open source? Copyright activists argue yes, and that more software transparency would make cars safer not just for the environment, but from malicious hackers as well. That and more in our weekly web roundup.

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

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