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The Green Party’s Jill Stein is pushing for election recounts in three battleground states. Why and what could come of the effort?

Billionaire Betsy DeVos is a Michigan philanthropist and a Republican activist. She is best known for pushing school vouchers, a way for families to spend public money schools of their choice. She’s also President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to run the Education Department.

Then, will NASA cease doing climate research under a Trump presidency, and if so what would the consequences be?

The author of a new book about the weird creatures of the wild shares his findings.

And finally, a peek into the business of fake news, and the surprising culprits behind it.

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore.

Should there be a recount? 10 MIN, 8 SEC

The Green Party’s Jill Stein just put out a video trying to rally support for an election recount in Pennsylvania. That’s one of three battleground states where Stein and other activists have called for recounts. Stein already successfully filed for a recount in Wisconsin. And she has until Wednesday to demand a recount in the third state, Michigan. What’s the goal?

Guests:
John Bonifaz, Attorney, Founder of National Voting Rights Institute (@JohnBonifaz)

Trump picks new education leader 7 MIN, 18 SEC

President elect Donald Trump has tapped a relatively unknown figure to run the nation’s education department. Billionaire Betsy DeVos is a Michigan philanthropist and a Republican activist. She is best known for pushing school vouchers, a way for families to spend public money schools of their choice. Traditional public school proponents largely oppose DeVos, but some charter school advocates are cheering her nomination.

Guests:
Philissa Cramer, Editor of Chalkbeat (@philissa)

What happens if NASA stops climate science research? 7 MIN, 34 SEC

NASA spends almost as much on climate science research each year as it does on space exploration, but under a Trump presidency, that will likely change. According to senior campaign advisor Bob Walker, Trump wants the agency to focus on deep space rather than what Walker called the “politicized science” of climate research. What does it mean for the future of climate science?

Guests:
Michael E. Mann, Pennsylvania State University (@MichaelEMann)

Weird creatures in the natural world 14 MIN, 32 SEC

In the often terrifying natural world, it’s literally eat or be eaten. Before you get eaten, however, you must spread your seed, so to speak, in order to ensure the survival of your species. In the wild, where a new threat lurks around every corner and producing offspring is paramount, creatures have evolved some pretty freaky survival strategies – like penis-fencing, for instance.

Some of those creatures are featured in a new book titled “The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar.” Madeleine speaks to the author.

Guests:
Matt Simon, Writer (@mrMattSimon)

Inside the business of fake news 8 MIN, 37 SEC

Did you know that Muslims were ordered to vote for Hillary Clinton? Or that President Obama told undocumented Latinos they could vote and “will never get caught if they do?” Or did you know that the Clintons had a role in the plane crash that killed JFK, Jr? These are fake news stories, of course, but they got millions of hits on Facebook and elsewhere. These stories weren’t put out by Russians or anonymous writers making a buck from the frenzy of the presidential election. They were put out by media empires owned by people with close ties to the Donald Trump campaign.

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