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Decades after President Richard Nixon declared "war on cancer," 600,000 Americans die from it every year. Vice President Joe Biden is guarding against unrealistic expectations with a "Moon Shot" aimed at doubling the rate of medical progress rather than promising a cure.

Later on the program, Hollywood is one of America's most politically liberal communities.  So why don't movies, TV and cable shows reflect the reality of increased diversity.    

Photo: Daniel Schwen 

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Andrea Brody
Paul von Zielbauer

UK Inquiry: Putin "Probably" OK'ed Polonium Poisoning 6 MIN, 30 SEC

After a lengthy investigation, British Foreign Secretary Sir Robert Owen said today that Russian President Vladimir Putin probably ordered the murder of a former KGB agent who fled to the West and sought asylum. Griff Witte is London Bureau Chief for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Griff Witte, Washington Post (@griffwitte)

Joe Biden's "Moon Shot" and "Cancer Politics" 33 MIN, 3 SEC

This month's State of the Union Address was unusually short of sweeping, long-range promises, but President Obama did endorse the ambitious goals of Vice President Biden's "Moon Shot" against cancer. The disease takes hundreds of different forms and varies from person to person. The Vice President says he can't promise a single "cure." Instead, his "Moon Shot" is aimed at doubling the rate of progress toward prevention and treatment -- by replacing competition with collaboration. When cancer researchers don't share information, he's learned, promising work can be lost in what scientists call the "Valley of Death." With profit-making companies entitled to guard their secrets, we hear how a master politician is coping with "cancer politics." 

Guests:
Josh Lederman, Associated Press (@joshledermanAP)
William Nelson, Johns Hopkins University (@HopkinsMedicine)
Alice Park, Time Magazine (@AliceParkNY)
Fran Visco, National Breast Cancer Coalition (@deadline2020)

More:
Lederman on Biden's assertion that politics is impeding a cancer cure
Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative
Park on how doctors cured one woman's brain cancer
Breast Cancer Deadline 2020

The Oscars Are Still So White, but Why? 10 MIN, 18 SEC

This year's Oscar nominees are so exclusively white that Will Smith and other black actors are talking about a boycott. The Academy's critics say the real problem lies with overwhelmingly white Hollywood studios.

For the second year in a row, The Oscars are being ridiculed for ignoring non-white actors, directors and movies…and a growing list of Hollywood luminaries are threatening to boycott the awards. But entertainers and executives admit the root of the industry's diversity problem lies with Hollywood studios. Kim Masters is host of The Business on KCRW and editor-at -large for the Hollywood Reporter.

Guests:
Kim Masters, host, 'The Business' (@kimmasters)

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