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In San Francisco and Berkeley, California, Big Soda has been lumped with Big Tobacco as a target of health-conscious reformers. Next month, voters may tax sugary soft drinks by a few cents per can. To defeat them, Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper will spend more than 15 dollars a vote. It’s all about the epidemics of child-obesity and diabetes. Similar measures in 30 other states have failed, but Big Soda sees a real threat from California. Will two liberal cities spark a national trend? We’ll hear the pros and cons.

Also, the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to its youngest ever winner, and a look into the suicide epidemic among American soldiers.

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The Nobel Peace Prize Sends a Message 6 MIN, 30 SEC

It was announced today that this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been divided between two people—a 17-year old Pakistani crusader for girls’ education and a 60-year old Indian man who has liberated child laborers in that country. The young woman is Malala Yousafzai, known worldwide since she recovered after being shot by the Taliban. Malala says her ambition is to be what she calls a “good” politician.

Aryn Baker profiled Malala in 2012, when she was Time magazine’s correspondent in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Aryn Baker, Time (@arynebaker)

Big Soda Pours in Big Money to Stop Tax on Sugary Drinks 35 MIN, 28 SEC

Sugar-sweetened beverages are the single biggest source of calories for American teenagers, who are increasingly obese. And, for children, just one or two sodas a day raise the chance of contracting diabetes by 26%. So, after failing in 30 other states, public health advocates are asking voters in San Francisco and Berkeley, California to approve taxes on sugary soft drinks in next month’s elections.

Duane Stanford, Bloomberg News (@duanestanford)
Scott Wiener, San Francisco Board of Supervisors (@Scott_Wiener)
Karen Hanretty, California/Nevada Soft Drink Association (@NoCAFoodBevTax)
Marion Nestle, New York University (@marionnestle)

US Military Personnel Still Reticent to Report Mental Illness 8 MIN, 4 SEC

Major General Mark Graham was a decorated officer who inspired his two sons to join the military. When Jeff was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq, the Army treated him as a hero. When Kevin committed suicide, there was silence. Those different reactions inspired surviving family members to begin a campaign—to erase the stigma surrounding suicide and depression.

Suicide in the military has become epidemic. Since 2001, more American soldiers have killed themselves than have died in Afghanistan. Now the parents of Kevin and Jeff Graham have devoted their lives to reducing the stigma that prevents soldiers who need help from asking for it. Their story is told in a new book, published this week, called, The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of War. It's by Yochi Dreazen, managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine.

Yochi Dreazen, Foreign editor for Vox (@yochidreazen)

The Invisible Front

Yochi Dreazen

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