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Today on Press Play, we look at what one writer is calling “The Dark Power of Fraternities”. Caitlin Flanagan says colleges and national chapters have found a way to keep frat life healthy while kids keep getting hurt and killed during parties. Plus, why the cities with the healthiest economies have the worst income inequality. We also dispel the many myths floating around about flu vaccines. We talk about Facebook’s huge acquisition of a texting app. And we get an update on the Culver Ice Arena.

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Big Buys in the Tech World 7 MIN, 43 SEC

Why did Facebook just buy a texting app for 16 billion dollars? Is Apple really investing in cars? And how has Silicon Valley been flexing its political muscles? We’ll talk about this week’s tech news with Sam Biddle, editor of Valleywag.

Sam Biddle, The Intercept (@samfbiddle)

Inequality and Prosperity 8 MIN, 43 SEC

A new study from the Brookings Institution says the greatest income disparities occur in cities with the most vibrant economies. San Francisco and Los Angeles both make the top 10 list of most unequal cities in a new report. We take a look at the phenomenon with the author of the study.

Alan Berube, Brookings Institution (@berubea1)

Design and Architecture 8 MIN, 53 SEC

It’s already begun -- thousands of architecture buffs are descending on Palm Springs as we speak for Modernism Week. The annual event brings design enthusiasts together for talks, tours and swanky cocktail parties. We talk to KCRW’s Frances Anderton about the that, and we get the latest on the Culver Ice Arena and we hear about food coming out of 3D printers.

Frances Anderton, Host, 'DnA: Design & Architecture' (@FrancesAnderton)

The Dark Power of Fraternities 15 MIN, 28 SEC

The appeal of fraternity life to college students is no mystery. But there’s an obvious downside to a bunch of unsupervised, mostly underage college students binge drinking at a frat house. Deaths, serious injuries, and sexual assaults have led to countless lawsuits that at one time threatened to destroy Greek life on campuses across the country. Yet they’ve survived (and thrived) because colleges are reluctant to crack down, and fraternities have found a way to protect themselves.

Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic
Brianna Sacks, Editor-in-chief, Neon Tommy (@bri_sacks)

Vaccination Myth Busting 7 MIN, 33 SEC

This year’s flu season is turning out to be a lot worse than last year. Here in California, more than 240 people have died from the flu so far this year - more than twice as many as all of last year.  And this season isn’t over yet. And, just like last year and the year before that, we’re seeing another kind of outbreak -- a rash of rumors and myths about the flu vaccine that are not rooted in reality. The internet has helped fuel an anti-vaccination trend that is making flu outbreaks even more worrisome.

Tara Haelle, science reporter (@tarahaelle)

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