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Northern Iraq, remembering Robin Williams, and examining Ebola

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Items are left in memory of Robin Williams on his star along Hollywood Boulevard.
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Items are left in memory of Robin Williams on his star along Hollywood Boulevard.

Today, we discuss the latest happenings in the conflict between Iraq's new leadership and the Islamic State as well as examine US policy in the Middle East. Later on, we take another look at the life of Robin Williams. We also talk about how Ebola is transmitted, our weekly music selections and much more.

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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
The media coverage of the police shooting of an unarmed eighteen year-old outside of St. Louis prompted an interesting phenomenon on Twitter.
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.
Joining us this week are Oliver Wang from and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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