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We start today with a look at the massive farmworker strike in Baja, California. Then, in San Francisco, the latest in a scandal over racist and homophobic text messages exchanged by five police officers: a 23-year veteran of the force who’s also openly gay just resigned for participating in the texting. Next, Monica Lewinsky is making a comeback of sorts, speaking out about the scandal that has defined her life in many ways since the late ‘90s; would we treat her differently today? In our Friday film segment, a look at the latest box office releases including Cinderella and Insurgent. And finally, what does the app Popcorn Time mean for the future of the film industry?

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Mexican Farmworkers on Strike Over Labor Abuses 10 MIN, 26 SEC

Hundreds of farmworkers are on strike this week in Baja California. An investigative report in the Los Angeles Times exposed widespread labor abuses on farms in Mexico late last year.That caught the attention of the Mexican government, and companies like Walmart that import produce from the region. It also galvanized farm workers who have long complained of poor working conditions and low wages. Workers left the farms and took to the streets this week -- blocking a major highway, stalling traffic for hours, and clashing with police -- all at the height of harvest season.

David Bacon, reporter and author of “The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Migration.”

A Twist in the San Francisco Police Department Texting Scandal 6 MIN, 4 SEC

Five San Francisco police officers are accused of trading racist and homophobic text messages, which has led to about a thousand convictions being re-examined for bias. And here’s a twist: one of the cops involved, Michael Robison, is openly gay. He’s a 23-year veteran of the department and he resigned yesterday. We talk to Robison’s lawyer to find out more about why he might’ve participated in such ugly exchanges and what it says about police culture.

Tony Brass, attorney representing Michael Robison

Monica Lewinsky’s Comeback 8 MIN, 3 SEC

Monica Lewinsky is back. After a coming out piece of sorts in Vanity Fair last year, the former White House intern is speaking out, including during a TED talk, Thursday, where she received a standing ovation. The subject? How to survive shame and humiliation at the hands of, well, everyone. After her affair with Bill Clinton became public, Lewinsky was widely mocked -- not least by self-identified feminists in the media. Would she be treated differently if the scandal broke today?

Jessica Bennett, New York Times (@jess7bennett)

Monica Lewinsky Is Back, but This Time It’s on Her Terms

Friday Film: 'Cinderella', Sean Penn as Action Star and a Softer Pacino 13 MIN, 53 SEC

Cinderella led the box office this week, bringing in almost $70 million since its premiere. But a sequel based on a big YA franchise, Divergent, drops today, introducing some serious competition. What is a teen cinephile to do? Our regular weekly movies segment is here to help you navigate the box office. Plus, Sean Penn in The Gunman, a new action thriller from the director of Taken, and Al Pacino shows a softer side as a pop star in Danny Collins.

Christy Lemire, What The Flick?! (@christylemire)
Grae Drake, Rotten Tomatoes (@graedrake)

Popcorn Time Chipping Away at Box Office Returns 7 MIN, 15 SEC

If you don’t feel like going out to see a movie tonight, you could just stay home and fire up Netflix. Or, if you don’t have a Netflix account and you’re not concerned with those pesky anti-piracy laws, you could just use the new app Popcorn Time and watch a current movie for free. Millions of people are already using Popcorn Time after just a year online, and apparently it’s growing by 100,000 downloads a day. We find out more about the app and what it could mean for the film industry.

Screen grab from Popcorn Time, the movie torrenting app.

Movie available on Popcorn Time, the movie torrenting app.

Andy Greenberg, Wired magazine (@a_greenberg)

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