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Northern Iraq, remembering Robin Williams, and examining Ebola

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An Iraqi Shiite militiaman, a follower of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, jumps to break a placard with the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during a parade, in the northern oil rich province of Kirkuk, Iraq, on Saturday.
Secretary of State John Kerry urged Iraq's new leaders to work quickly to form an inclusive government, adding that the US is prepared to offer the country significant additional aid in the fight against a group of militants calling itself the Islamic State.

What is the effect of U.S. policy in the Middle East?

It's a bleak scenario in the Middle East. How effective has U.S. policy has been in the area? What are its prospects for the future?
Robin Williams

Our tribute to the work of Robin Williams

It's nearly impossible to do justice to his manic genius and his constant reinvention. From standup, to television sit-coms, to movies, both funny and dramatic, there was hardly a corner of the entertainment cosmos where Robin Williams didn't leave his mark.
Robin Williams Laugh Factory

The Laugh Factory celebrates Robin Williams

Robin Williams may be known best for his work on the small and silver screens, but he was also a staple in the stand up comedy scene. Comedians at The Laugh Factory, where Williams had been performing for more than three decades, paid tribute last night. Jamie Masada, the owner of the venue, talked to Take Two about Williams.
2012 London Paralympics - Day 4 - Swimming

Paralympian shares memories of Robin Williams

Robin Williams will be remembered not only for his stellar sense of humor and his brilliant performances, but also for his big heart -- and for being a real team player.

Groundwater regulation could be coming for California

California is the only western state which doesn't regulate the use of groundwater. But that could soon change. For more on this, Lester Snow of the California Water Foundation joined Take Two on Monday.

Can hashtag activism have a lasting impact?

The media coverage of the police shooting of an unarmed eighteen year-old outside of St. Louis prompted an interesting phenomenon on Twitter.
Sierra Leone West Africa Ebola

How urbanization factored into Ebola's breakout

As health officials fight to contain the deadly Ebola virus, the picture of how the disease spread so rapidly, and how officials failed to respond effectively, is emerging. One factor experts looking at is the changing lifestyle in West African countries, where increasing travel and urbanization is posing new risks to the spread of disease.
The race to develop a vaccine for the Ebola virus might conjure up an image of doctors and drug makers rushing furiously out of good will to find a treatment. But in reality, it's more of a business transaction.
Tim Rice - A Life In Song
Joining us this week are Oliver Wang from Soul-Sides.com and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes.
Compton Preschool

Smaller childcare providers struggle with bureaucracy

California spent two-billion dollars last year providing preschool and childcare to over one-million low-income kids. KPCC'S Deepa Fernandes discovered California's bureaucracy can make it difficult for smaller childcare providers to actually provide.
Corcoran State Prison - KPCC Post

California offering classes to prison lifers

Nearly 23-hundred lifers have been paroled in California over the past five years. That's more than three times the number in the previous 17 years combined. For the first time, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, or CDCR, is offering classes aimed at lifers.
A sheriff's deputy checks the handcuffs jail prison lasd

Escape from the law just by crossing the county line

Commit a crime in America, and you'd expect that the police will hunt you down wherever you are. But to escape the hand of justice, sometimes all you have to do is cross the county line where law enforcement won't pursue fugitives who are just a short drive away.
Complaint Department

Are there benefits and drawbacks to complaining?

To weigh in as to whether or not complaining is a good thing, Take Two is joined by Joanna Wolfe, a professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University.
Exide Soil Digging - 11

Battery recycler Exide paying for lead dust cleanup

Workers are taking out soil from a home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. The dirt is laced with potentially harmful lead dust, part of a cleanup ordered by state regulators. Southern California Public Radio's Molly Peterson says the lead battery recycler, Exide Technologies, is picking up the tab.
7 Days of Garbage - Dana
L.A.-based photographer has been drawing attention to garbage. His series "7 Days of Garbage" will change the way you look at your trash.

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