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When Yellowstone's most famous wolf was shot and killed -- legally – by a hunter, her death became an international story almost immediately. Guest host Judy Muller looks at the ongoing debate about the role of the wolf in modern-day America. Also, fighting escalates in Syria as the US recognizes the opposition coalition, and a look at the legendary Ravi Shankar, the man who introduced Indian music to much of the western world.

Banner image: A wolf in Yellowstone National Park. Photo posted by Oregon State University, courtesy of Yellowstone National Park

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Anna Scott
Caitlin Shamberg

Making News Fighting Escalates in Syria, US Recognizes Opposition Coalition 7 MIN, 13 SEC

The Syrian government reportedly has fired scud missiles against rebel forces today, in an escalation of the conflict that has already claimed at least 40 thousand lives. This follows President Obama's decision to formally recognize a coalition of Syrian opposition groups. The President made his remarks in an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters on the eve of a meeting in Morocco of Syrian opposition leaders. Andrew Tabler is senior fellow at the Washington Institute's Program on Arab Politics.

Guests:
Andrew Tabler, Washington Institute for Near East Policy (@andrewtabler)

In the Lion's Den

Andrew Tabler

Main Topic Are Wolves out of the Woods? 33 MIN, 43 SEC

In Yellowstone National Park, she was officially known as 832F.  An alpha female gray wolf of considerable size and strength, she wore a GPS collar so researchers could track her movements. But many tourists and scientists called her ‘rock star.' She led the wolf pack in Yellowstone's Lamar Valley, an area where bison and elk provide lots of food. But this wolf's hunting prowess also represents the very thing that stirs up so much animosity among the many people who want to see fewer wolves in the west. So when 832F was shot and killed in Wyoming when she left the park boundaries, not everyone was mourning the loss, especially ranchers who lose livestock and hunters who compete for the elk. What's the loss to science? We hear the emotional debate about hunting and trapping.

Guests:
Doug Smith, National Park Service (@NatlParkService)
Kim Bean, Wolves of the Rockies (@Bean540F)
Mark Holyoak, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (@markholyoak)
Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman (@rockybarker)
Noah Greenwald, Center for Biological Diversity (@CenterForBioDiv)

Scorched Earth

Rocky Barker

Banter Remembering Ravi Shankar 9 MIN, 42 SEC

George Harrison once called Ravi Shankar the godfather of world music. The classically-trained sitar player, who is credited with introducing Indian music to the Western world, has died at the age of 92. Many baby boomers came to know Shankar by way of the Beatles, but he was famous long before that and played with everyone from Philip Glass to John Coltrane. Shankar is the father of singer Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar, who is a sitar player in her own right. Tom Schnabel, long-time host of a weekly music program on KCRW, has a remembrance.

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MBE producer Ariana Morgenstern, Ravi Shankar and Tom Schnabel

 

Guests:
Tom Schnabel, Host of 'Rhythm Planet' (@tom_schnabel)

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