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In the city that likes to call itself "the American Riviera," beauty and affluence can’t always hide the social tensions common to the rest of California. Since the Santa Barbara News Press used the term "illegals" to describe immigrants newly able to obtain drivers’ licenses, the city has been seething with charges and counter-charges of "racism" and "political correctness."

Also, SpaceX, Google and a billion-dollar investment. Will it mean Internet access from satellites any time soon?

Photo: © Gonzalo Rios Photography

Producers:
Evan George
Jenny Hamel

Santa Barbara Is Divided over Immigration…and Language 15 MIN, 9 SEC

On Martin Luther King Day, demonstrators with different views about immigration held competing rallies over terminology in the Santa Barbara News-Press. Reporting on people newly qualified for drivers' licenses in California, the paper's been using the term "illegals." That's led to protests and counter-protests in an increasingly diverse community.

Guests:
Scott Steepleton, Santa Barbara News-Press
Gabrielle Hernandez, People Organized for the Defense and Equal Rights of Santa Barbara Youth
Jarrod Schwartz, Just Communities (@Justcommcc)

More:
SBNP co-publisher Arthur von Wiesenberger's comments on the Minuteman Project's website
PODER's letter to the SBNP about use of the term "illegals"

SpaceX and Google Plot a Space Internet 11 MIN, 12 SEC

Elon Musk's private space exploration company SpaceX has raised $1 billion from investors — including Google.  That's a boost for the satellite business of SpaceX, but what does it mean for Google?  Jessica Lessin is Editor-in-Chief of The Information, a news website that broke the story this week.

Guests:
Jessica Lessin, The Information (@jessicalessin)
Danielle Kehl, New America Foundation (@kehldanielle )

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