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The two vice presidential candidates – Tim Kaine and Mike Pence – debate Tuesday night. Both are devout Christians, but so far this presidential contest has been noteworthy for its lack of focus on social issues. Where do the so-called “values voters” stand this election?

One issue that’s being presented as a moral issue and will appear on the November ballot in California is the death penalty. There are two competing measures – one would speed up executions, and one would abolish the state’s death penalty altogether.

Then, a KCRW investigation found that workers on the high seas lack the most basic legal rights and protections. KCRW’s Karen Foshay spoke with Press Play about her two-part series, “Troubled Waters.”

Next, Josef Mengele’s so-called Zoo at Auschwitz, where he mutilated, murdered, and dissected children, particularly identical twins, has been an obsession for novelist Affinity Konar. Her new novel, “Mischling,” is told from the perspective of twelve year old twin girls, Stasha and Pearl.

And finally, a daring new pop-up restaurant is about to hit Santa Monica. It’s sponsor? Western Exterminator – yes, the bug killer – and the menu will be built around bugs.

Ahead of the VP debate, where do ‘values voters’ stand? 9 MIN, 42 SEC

Mike Pence and Tim Kaine, the two vice presidential candidates debate Tuesday night. Both are devout Christians, and issues like abortion and gay rights have been an important rallying cry for Christian conservatives in past elections. So far, though, this presidential contest has been noteworthy for its lack of focus on social issues. So where are the so-called “values voters” this time around?

Guests:
Anthea Butler, University of Pennsylvania (@AntheaButler)

Deciphering CA’s competing death penalty measures 5 MIN, 48 SEC

One issue that’s being presented as a moral issue and will appear on the November ballot in California is the death penalty. The Catholic Conference is urging voters to approve a ballot measure that would abolish the state’s death penalty. That’s Proposition 62 – the Repeal of the Death Penalty Initiative. Another initiative on the ballot would speed up executions. That’s Proposition 66 – the Death Penalty Procedures Initiative. Both measurements are intended to fix a system that everyone seems to agree is broken. With 747 death row inmates, California has far more people waiting for execution than any other state.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

Workers at sea face ‘troubled waters’ with few protections 7 MIN, 38 SEC


Every day, giant cargo ships carrying millions of dollars in goods and hulking cruiseliners come and go from LA’s ports. With those ships come hundreds of seaworkers. Their jobs are not glamorous, in fact, they’re often extremely dangerous. Injuries and even death aren’t uncommon at sea. A KCRW investigation found that seaworkers have little recourse when things go wrong and often lack the most basic legal rights and protections. KCRW’s Karen Foshay reported this in a two-part series called “Troubled Waters.”

Guests:
Karen Foshay, KCRW (@karenfoshay)

‘Mischling’ explores beauty, hope amid terror in Mengele’s ‘Zoo’ 14 MIN, 52 SEC

Of the acts Nazis carried out during the Holocaust, the human experiments conducted by Josef Mengele were particularly horrific. At his co-called “Zoo” at Auschwitz, Dr. Mengele – the “Angel of Death” as he was known – mutilated, poisoned, murdered, and dissected children. He had a particular interest in identical twins. That fact has been an obsession for young novelist Affinity Konar. She has set her new novel in Auschwitz and it’s told from the perspective of a pair of 12-year-old twin girls, Stasha and Pearl.

Guests:
Affinity Konar, author

Western Exterminator wants eating bugs to be mainstream 7 MIN, 30 SEC

On Saturday, October 8th, a daring new pop-up restaurant hits the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. It’s not put on by Roy Choi or any other chef you might know; it’s a pop-up from Western Exterminator. Yes, the bug killer. And the menu will be built around bugs. The pop-up may or may not sound appetizing, but it is one more sign that the trend of eating insects is going mainstream… maybe.

Guests:
Katherine Spiers, LA Weekly; Producer of Smarth Mouth (@katherinespiers)

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