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Venice property becomes flashpoint in fight over neighborhood change 12 MIN, 16 SEC

Jay Penske is the 39-year-old son of auto racing billionaire Roger Penske, and his wife Elaine is a supermodel. Last year, they bought an abandoned church in Venice. They made plans to turn it into a private mansion, which has caused a big fight that’s inflamed racial tensions and divided the neighborhood.

Guests:
Anna Scott, Producer, 'Press Play' (@AnnaKCRW)

How does Facebook's trustworthiness rating work? 9 MIN, 38 SEC

Facebook announced Tuesday that it removed more than 600 fake accounts that were part of an Iranian disinformation campaign. The accounts targeted hundreds of thousands of people on Facebook and Instagram. Meanwhile, Facebook is now giving users a trustworthiness rating on a scale of 0 to 1.

Guests:
Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post (@lizzadwoskin)

More:
Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of its users on a scale from zero to 1
Sprawling Iranian influence operation globalizes tech’s war on disinformation

Artificial intelligence is coming to a mental health office near you? 17 MIN, 29 SEC

Would you talk to a computer therapist? One USC researcher has built an AI interface for use in mental health settings. We hear how it works and why it won’t likely replace real therapists, ever.


USC's AI interface, Ellie. 
Credit: USC Institute for Creative Technologies.

Guests:
Gale Lucas, Institute for Creative Technologies

How does #MeToo change the way sex scenes are filmed? 9 MIN, 12 SEC

In the #MeToo era, actors shooting nude and sex scenes come with very specific legal protections. But that doesn’t stop actors from feeling vulnerable -- particularly women -- on a big set of mostly male onlookers. It doesn’t always stop the producers and directors from trying to exploit that power once filming has started.

Guests:
Tatiana Siegel, Hollywood Reporter

More:
The New Politics of Hollywood Sex Scenes in the #MeToo Era

CREDITS

USC's AI interface, Ellie. Credit: USC Institute for Creative Technologies.

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney
Michell Eloy
Amy Ta
Christian Bordal
Quinn O'Toole
Yael Even Or

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