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Facebook removes fake pages believed to be created by Russians to influence the midterms 6 MIN, 22 SEC

Facebook reports that it has uncovered an ongoing influence campaign -- fake accounts and fake pages focused on divisive social issues and the election. Facebook isn’t pointing fingers, but the ads look similar to those linked to Russian groups. And the company says the effort has been effective. One of the pages in question reached nearly 300,000 users.

Guests:
April Glaser, Slate (@aprilaser)

Donald Trump is at war with the Koch brothers 9 MIN, 22 SEC

President Donald Trump slammed the Koch family on Twitter today. He called their influential network of Republican donors “highly overrated.” He said the “globalist” billionaire brothers have become “a total joke in real Republican circles.” David Koch stepped down from both the family business and its political groups last month because of declining health. And Charles Koch has been a vocal critic of Trump’s tariffs.

Guests:
Julie Bykowicz, Wall Street Journal (@bykowicz)

Why MoviePass imploded and what that means for movie subscriptions 6 MIN, 55 SEC

MoviePass promised to change moviegoing forever. When it began, the subscription service cost $10 a month and allowed you to see a movie a day. The deal changed a number of times, and now the fee is $15 a month. Subscribers are upset. The company is scrambling. The stock price fell below $1 today.

Guests:
Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

More:
Why MoviePass is the future — even if it doesn’t survive

A new kind of reality TV offers all niceties, no drama 14 MIN, 12 SEC

On the Japanese TV show “Terrace House,” you follow the beginning of a romance, and the first kiss doesn’t happen until 15 episodes in. There are no fights, no drama, and everyone is respectful. So why watch it?

Guests:
Joshua Rivera, GQ Contributor
Hanh Nguyen, IndieWire (@Hanhonymous)

Balancing life as a principal ballet dancer and a drag queen 9 MIN, 40 SEC

James Whiteside is the principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater. He also models, hosts a podcast, and performs with a drag troupe called The Dairy Queens.

Guests:
James Whiteside, dancer (@jamesbwhiteside)

CREDITS

70's sitcom displayed on a vintage TV courtesy of Robert Couse-Baker.

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney
Michell Eloy
Amy Ta
Christian Bordal
Quinn O'Toole
Yael Even Or

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