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António Guterres, who spent 10 years as the UN’s refugee chief, has been picked to become the next Secretary General of the UN. Meanwhile, more than 11,000 African migrants were rescued trying to cross the Mediterranean this week. Aris Messinis is a photographer with Agence France Presse who was on one of the rescue boats off the Libyan coast this week. His pictures of the ordeal appear in the New York Times in a photo essay titled “Stepping Over the Dead on a Migrant Boat.”

Tens of thousands of people have fled the drug wars in Mexico, crossing the border into the US seeking safe harbor from the horrors of cartel violence. But in the mid-2000s, the drug war was spilling over the border into US cities, and the cartels started recruiting American teenagers to become foot soldiers in the war. “Wolf Boys” tells the story of the teen assassins of the Zeta cartel.

Then, the development fight is playing out in Santa Monica over a ballot initiative known as Measure “LUVE.” We’ll hear the pros and cons.

Next, the shortlist for the National Book Awards was announced Thursday. We’ll talk about the Young People’s Literature category, a genre that’s exploded in popularity and changed a lot over the years.

And finally, Xeni Jardin reminds us again that we need to be good guardians of our online privacy following news that Yahoo has been scanning every one of their users’ emails on behalf of the government.

Photo courtesy of Irish Defense Forces. 

Photographer captures dramatic images of migrant rescue at sea 9 MIN, 29 SEC

Refugees and migrants continue to flee their home countries. Another wave of African migrants attempted to cross the Mediterranean this week and more than 11,000 of them were rescued by the Italian Coast Guard and aid groups. Many of them were picked up stranded off the coast of Libya in dinghies and boats that are not equipped to make the crossing. Aris Messinis is a photographer with Agence France Presse who was on one of the rescue boats off the Libyan coast this week. His pictures of the ordeal appear in Thursday’s New York Times in a photo essay titled “Stepping Over the Dead on a Migrant Boat.”

 

Guests:
Aris Messinis, Photographer (@ArisMessinis)

‘Wolf Boys’ documents the teen assassins of the Zeta drug cartel 13 MIN, 13 SEC

Tens of thousands of people have fled the drug wars in Mexico, crossing the border into the US seeking safe harbor from the horrors of cartel violence. In the past, once a person got here, they thought they were safe. But in the mid-2000s, the drug war was spilling over the border into US cities like Laredo, Texas. So the cartels started recruiting American teenagers to become foot soldiers in the war. Bart Reta was thirteen years old when he became an assassin. Gabriel Cardona – once a promising student – was only a few years older when he was sent out to kill. Both worked for the Mexican paramilitary drug cartel known as the Zetas. The teen assassins of the Zeta cartel are the subject of journalist Dan Slater’s new book titled, “Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico’s Most Dangerous Drug Cartel.”

Guests:
Dan Slater, Journalist, Author (@bydanslater)

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The pros and cons of Measure LV 8 MIN, 34 SEC

There’s a battle raging over development in and around Los Angeles. On one side, people say we need to slow things down and stop the spread of high-rise and luxury buildings. The other side says we need more development to meet demand and stop housing prices from soaring even higher. In Santa Monica, this fight is playing out over a ballot initiative called Measure LV, known as Measure “LUVE.” It would force nearly all new projects higher than two stories to pass a citywide vote.

Guests:
Phil Brock, Santa Monica Parks and Recreation Department (@PhilBrock4SM)
Frank Gruber, Huffington Post

National Book Awards finalists and popular YA literature 7 MIN, 18 SEC

The shortlist for the National Book Awards was announced Thursday. Among the finalists for nonfiction is Pulitzer-prize winner and USC professor Viet Thanh Nguyen, for his book titled, “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.” Colson Whitehead made the shortlist for fiction for his novel “The Underground Railroad.” Jacqueline Woodson is another finalist in the fiction category, for her novel “Another Brooklyn.” Woodson won the National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category in 2014. That’s a genre that’s exploded in popularity since it first became a category for the awards twenty years ago. A lot of YA (young adult) books are incredibly violent and deal with adult issues; so what exactly is YA these days?

Guests:
Eliot Schrefer, Author (@EliotSchrefer)

Web Roundup: Another internet privacy warning 8 MIN, 24 SEC

Xeni Jardin has been saying for a long time that we need to be good guardians of our online privacy, and the recent news that Yahoo has been scanning every one of their users’ emails on behalf of the US government makes her case that much stronger.

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

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