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Terrorist Attacks, Syrian Refugee Crisis, Police Beating, The Forty Part Motet

Terrorist Attacks
Early this morning, gunmen stormed a hotel in the West African nation of Mali, opening fire and taking hostages. When the siege ended hours later, more than a dozen people were dead. An extremist group led by a former Al-Qaeda commander has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The siege in Mali took place a week after Islamic State militants launched a series of coordinated attacks across Paris that left 130 people dead. This video, obtained by, shows people diving for cover after a gunman opened fire into a cafe.

Those attacks have set off a massive global manhunt, a strong military response from France supported by other countries, including Russia, and a fierce debate about whether to allow Syrian refugees into the United States. Rep. Eric Swalwell, a member of the House Select Intelligence Committee, and KQED's Scott Shafer, senior editor of KQED's California Politics and Government Desk, join Thuy Vu to discuss the Obama administration's response to the attacks and its political implications.

Syrian Refugee Crisis
According to the United Nations, more than 4 million people have fled Syria since 2011, when the civil war there began. The mass migration has been called the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. Karen Ferguson from the International Rescue Committee joins Thuy Vu to discuss the vetting process for refugees and the challenges they face after they arrive in the United States.

Police Beating
Last week, two Alameda County sheriff's deputies were caught on tape, severely beating a man they caught after a high-speed chase that began in San Leandro. The surveillance video was recorded in San Francisco, where the chase ended. The incident is now the focus of at least three investigations. KQED News reporter Alex Emslie joins Thuy Vu to talk about what's happening with the case.

The Forty Part Motet
A piece of Renaissance-era music is captivating audiences in San Francisco. The choral work is currently on display at Fort Mason. You can experience the music, but you won't see the performers. Instead, their voices will appear with stunning clarity right over your shoulder. Producer Lori Halloran talks to Janet Cardiff about the inspiration for her sound installation.


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