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Among the casualties of the Syrian civil war are several journalists who were captured by militants. In 2012, Theo Padnos was captured in Syria and then freed after nearly two years of imprisonment and torture. A new documentary, Theo Who Lived, tells his story. There are new rules for how much time kids should spend in front of the iPad. Turns out a little time for kids under two-years-old is ok. In this week’s film roundup, some well-reviewed indies and a Tom Cruise blockbuster. There are seven casinos in LA County, but they aren’t the kind of places you’d find on the Vegas strip.

Photo courtesy of Zeitgeist Films. 

The journalist who survived being kidnapped in Syria 15 MIN, 49 SEC

This war in Syria is now more than five years old and along with civilians, several journalists have been captured and killed in the country. Today, the story of one who survived. Theo Padnos thought he had hired guides to take him over the Turkish border into Syria. He wanted to write stories about the people living on the outskirts of the war. But his guides were actually members of a militant group. They kidnapped him and sold him to Jabhat al Nusra. That’s what Al Qaeda is called in Syria. A new film, Theo Who Lived, tells his story.

David Schisgall, Filmmaker
Theo Padnos, Journalist (@TheoPadnos)

New guidelines relax screen time rules 8 MIN, 54 SEC

For many parents, screen time is the most contentious issue in the household. The accepted wisdom until today was that kids under age two should be kept away from all screens. But today, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its guidelines for kids and media use. Turns out a little bit of screen time isn’t such a big deal.

Cori Cross, Pediatrician, Co-Author

Film Roundup: ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Jack Reacher’ 14 MIN, 19 SEC

Something for everyone this weekend at the movies. Jack Reacher: Never Look Back is the blockbuster, but indies like Moonlight and The Handmaiden will be drawing crowds as well. And a scarefest set in the 60s comes just in time for Halloween.

Christy Lemire, What The Flick?! (@christylemire)
Lindsey Bahr, Critic, Writer for AP (@ldbahr)

LA’s casinos and card clubs 8 MIN, 37 SEC

The Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood reopens today after a major facelift. It’ll be part of the billion-dollar complex that will house the new LA Rams. It may be the biggest card club in the world. All seven LA County casinos have colorful histories and a diverse clientele and they rake in millions every year.

Matt Holzman, Producer, 'The Document' (@KCRW_Matt)

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