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Two American fighters dropped bombs on mobile artillery in Northern Iraq today to protect nearby US personnel from forces of the Islamic State. Other American planes dropped humanitarian aid for tens of thousands of religious refugees and the President has authorized further strikes if needed. He continues to promise no boots on the ground. Also, when the latest ceasefire came to an end this morning, rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza. Israel struck back, killing a 10-year old boy and wounding some other children. And, blacks, Latinos and Asians are half the audience for the movies but, almost always, the straight white man saves the day. Why doesn’t Hollywood show more of its audience heroes who look like them?

Banner Image: "F-15C" by Tech. Sgt. Brad Fallin, U.S. Air Force

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Gideon Brower
Claire Martin

Conflict Resumes in Gaza 6 MIN, 30 SEC

When the latest ceasefire came to an end this morning, rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza. Israel struck back, killing a 10-year old boy and wounding some other children. William Booth is Jerusalem Bureau Chief for the Washington Post.

Guests:
William Booth, Washington Post (@BoothWilliam)

US Bombs Fall on Northern Iraq 15 MIN, 58 SEC

This morning two warplanes from a US aircraft carrier dropped two 500-pound, laser-guided bombs today on artillery units of the ultra-fundamentalist Islamic State near Erbil in Northern Iraq. More may be on the way.

Guests:
Alissa Johannsen Rubin, New York Times (@alissanyt)
Steven Cook, Council on Foreign Relations (@stevenacook)
Michael Crowley, Politico (@MichaelCrowley)

When Will the Hollywood Superhero Reflect the Audience That Roots for Him? 27 MIN, 28 SEC

Last year, 12 Years a Slave won the Best Picture Oscar. The Butler and The Best Man Holiday were commercial successes, and it looked like a great year for ethnic minorities in Hollywood movies. But research by the Annenberg School at USC shows otherwise. For the most part, blacks, Asians and especially Latinos, aren’t seeing themselves on the screen in anything like their proportions in the general population.

Guests:
Jason Bailey, FlavorWire (@jasonashbailey)
Stephanie Allain, Los Angeles Film Festival (@ProducedBySteph)
Willa Paskin, Slate.com (@WillaPaskin)
Lee Ann Kim, Pacific Arts Movement (@PacArtsMovement)

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