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The White House said this week that ISIS can’t be defeated unless we attack the part of the group that exists in Syria. Could this mean an American military intervention there? We also look at the forensic investigation underway to try to identify the ISIS operative who carried out journalist James Foley’s execution. Then, the art festival Burning Man starts Monday in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert: Has it become too gentrified as Silicon Valley billionaires become part of the celebration? In our weekly film roundup, we look at the latest summer box office offerings. And finally, we talk to tennis champion Martina Navratilova about the noise from fans during some tennis matches.

Banner Image: Bliss dance at Burning Man

Syria Creep 10 MIN, 16 SEC

Today, the White House called the beheading of journalist James Foley ‘a terrorist attack’ by the Islamic militant group ISIS. This comes a day after the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey said ISIS cannot be defeated unless the part that resides in Syria is addressed. Will this mean American military involvement in that country?

Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings Institution (@MichaelEOHanlon)

Foley Forensic Investigation 7 MIN, 16 SEC

The family of James Foley has released the final email they received from the group who executed their son. Now, investigators are combing that and the video of Foley’s murder for clues about the identity of the man who carried it out. How does this kind of forensic examination done?

Michael Riley, Bloomberg News (@rileybloomberg)

Hunt for Foley’s Killer Spans Old Policing and Tech Tools

Burning Man for the One Percent 8 MIN, 50 SEC

Burning Man - the annual art festival-hippie commune-rave - starts Monday in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. A long time ago, it was a desert haven for the fringe. But then, Silicon Valley billionaires and other richie riches flocked to it, bringing luxury RVs and catered meals. Now they’ve graduated to air-conditioned yurts and servants, according to a New York Times story. Has Burning Man officially jumped the shark? One man argues no.

Brian Doherty, Senior editor at Reason magazine and author of the book “This is Burning Man.” (@brianmdoherty)

Burning Man: It's Still Great Even if People Richer Than You Are There
A Line Is Drawn in the Desert

Film Roundup 13 MIN, 39 SEC

Summer is coming to a close, but your new movie choices are wide open. We run through the latest offerings at the box office in our weekly film roundup.

“The One I Love” movie trailer

Justin Chang, LA Times (@JustinCChang)
Grae Drake, Rotten Tomatoes (@graedrake)

Tennis Noise 8 MIN, 10 SEC

The U.S. Open tennis tournament starts on Monday. While Wimbledon is known for its English traditions, like all-white outfits and crowds that are respectfully hushed, the U.S. Open has always been a bit more boisterous. We talk about it with tennis champion Martina Navratilova.

Martina Navratilova, Tennis player who’s won 18 grand slam singles titles, including at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. (@Martina)

Tennis Weighs Whether to Bring On the Noise

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