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The Dangers of Cheerleading

Despite the persistent debate over whether cheerleading should be classified as a sport, injuries in the activity are becoming so prevalent that they are now second only to football. As Laura Ling reports, there has been a shift in cheerleading ever since the competitive form started to be televised in the 1980's. No longer just pompoms and chants, cheerleading has grown akin to gymnastics. Since it's not a "sport," there are no trainers, mats, or regulations and the results are downright dangerous. In the studio, Madeleine Brand talks with Pulitzer Prize winning author Lawrence Wright about his new book examining Scientology, "Going Clear".



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Bugs as Food, Freezing Plants, Eco-Village, Penguins and iPads

Season 7, Episode 28

The popularity of bugs as food is growing. Could insects be our next big food source?

A scientist at the Huntington Botanical Gardens is finding a way to freeze succulents that could go extinct.

The Eco-Village is an “intentional community” of people who live sustainably, affordably and cooperatively in the middle of LA.

Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific enjoy chasing virtual mice on an IPad.

 

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Urban Coyotes, Beekeeping, the Art of Taxidermy

Season 7, Episode 9

There is a growing awareness and concern about coyotes in Southern California. Many residents are concerned that their pets and even toddlers could be hurt or killed by coyotes. 

For the first time in more than a century, the Los Angeles City Council officially legalized urban beekeeping in single family homes in October 2015.

Taxidermy is very much alive at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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Black Lives Matter, Kern County Shootings, Skid Row Cop

Season 7, Episode 11

Shootings of unarmed black males nationwide have ignited discussions about the lack of concern for African-Americans. Following the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Ezell Ford in L.A, the Black Lives Matter movement was formed.

A disproportionate number of police killings sparks demands for change.

A police officer brings authority and humanity to a tough beat. 

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Dangerous Drones, 54 Kitchens, Board Gamers

Season 7, Episode 14

The dramatic rise in drones has sparked new government regulations.

A single building contains 54 commercial kitchens designed to give creative chefs a boost.     

A cafe attracts board game lovers who want a break from tech-based entertainment.
 

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Mountain Lions, 'The Nomad,' Service Dogs

Season 7, Episode 4.

The story of two mountain lions trying to survive in an urban environment. An artist who is losing her sight has created an exquisite tiny house. Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are finding help managing their symptoms in man's best friend.

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