The Biden Agenda, Comic Con Blues, and Student Debt Crisis
Today on Press Play, we look at the state of community colleges, especially in California, and we discuss the growing student debt crisis. We also talk to a New Yorker writer who offers an in-depth dissection of Vice President Joe Biden?s time in the...
Ballet Free Agency, Americans and the Booker Prize, and More
Prosecutors reading private email sent from federal prisoners to attorneys. The Man Booker Prize long list. Eric Garner chokehold by NYPD officers. Rhode Island indoor prostitution and the impacts on fewer rapes. Also, two of the world?s greatest...
Lovely Lawns, Problematic Palms, and Smithsonian Orphans
Affordable Care Act rulings and where that leaves Obamacare. The myth that we only use 10% of our brains. The drought and green lawns. L.A.?s palm trees don?t really belong here? And we look inside the Smithsonian?s orphan collections.
Mideast Propaganda Wars, Putin's Popularity, and Fox's Utopia
Hamas and Israel using social media to influence coverage of ongoing conflict. Vladimir Putin?s popularity is soaring. A record that has become one of the most sought-after artifacts for some music collectors. TV roundup: Fox?s attempts to build a...
Transportation Mysteries, New Teacher Union Leader, and More
The Malaysian Airlines flight and anti-aircraft missile? We also talk to the new leader of LA?s teacher union. Film roundup: racist casting call? This weekend?s new releases. And, transportation mysteries of Southern California.
Life Among The Rockets in Israel and Gaza
Children were killed by an Israeli airstrike . Americans who can?t afford to retire, picking up jobs. And a slave who was one of the most famous pianists of the 19th century.
Cheerleaders Fight for Pay, DNA Dating, and Homeless LA
Mayor Eric Garcetti is promising to end homelessness among veterans. Oakland Raiders cheerleaders? minimum wage pay. Iraqis that worked with the Americans trying to come to the U.S. Web roundup: the end of online passwords, dating sites that use DNA,...
Bowe Bergdahl Mystery, Today?s Peace Corps, Brain Mapping
An update on Beau Bergdahl; the last-minute peace deal in Afghanistan; using drones to build; a look at today's Peace Corps; and the race to map the human brain.
Undocumented Children in Bell, Amazon TV and Caught in the Crack...
The mayor of Bell, CA talks about his own history and his plan to help undocumented children from Central America; we get a close-up look at Guatemala; Amazon and Hulu enter the fall TV fracas; journalist Ruben Castaneda on his new memoir; we remember...
"Re-homing" Adopted Kids, Defining Film Criticism, and More
How to "re-home" adopted children; an update on the struggle in the Middle East; our weekly Friday film segment; and the role of film critics in the internet age.
Families of Prisoners, Reality TV Culture, and Water Rules
Today on Press Play: Emmy nominations, a preview of the World Cup final, the fight for water, and teens with family in prison.
History of Corporate Personhood, Botox and Happiness, and More
Religion, business and equal opportunities; legal support for immigrant children; a historical look at when corporations are treated as people in court; non-cosmetic uses for Botox; and the future of American Apparel.
The Making of Maliki, Immigration and Privatization, and More
Obama requests money from Congress for immigration; the pros and cons of snacking; disrupting car culture; and is it time for Iraq's Prime Minister to step down?
Freediving, Sharks, and Teens Kidnapped, Killed in West Bank
Tensions running high in the West Bank. Worldwide: 1 billion children forced into becoming soldiers. TV: World Cup ratings, ?Community,? and ?Strain.? What is Freediving? And, shark bites swimmer.
Comedian Brody Stevens, Stupid Condors, and Inside Our Guts
A peak inside the human digestive system with science writer Mary Roach. Comedian Brody Stevens about his mental breakdown. The New Yorker?s Elizabeth Kolbert says the earth is currently going through an extinction period. And we find out why an...
The Real July 4th, Big Little Man, and the Tinder Lawsuit
Over a thousand people showed up in Murrieta last night to debate over detained immigrants. Also, the harassment lawsuit against the hook-up app Tinder and the culture of startups in Silicon Valley. Mike Pesca discusses parenting and the role of...
Murrieta Immigration Showdown, Future Folk, and Black Phones
Buses with 140 undocumented migrants blocked by protesters on their way to Murrieta. Extreme violence in Central America is pushing many people north. We also meet the men behind ?Future Folk?, a sci-fi bluegrass band. And our tech expert introduces...
The Making of Iraq, World Cup Fever, and an Eagle Adventure
U.S. soccer team at the World Cup today,high-profile departures at ?The View? and ABC News, andnew California law requiring disability insurance plans to cover mental illnesses.Next, turmoil in Iraq partly over borders drawn hundreds of years ago....
Hobby Lobby FAQs, GI Bill Investigation, and Facebook Outrage
Supreme Court ruled today that Hobby Lobby does not have to cover contraception for employees for religious reasons. A look at the family behind Hobby Lobby and the organization that recruited them. Next, the University of Phoenix and GI Bill tuition...
The Wage War, West Adams? Old Dairy Farm and Movie Roundup
Raise wages and why the government has stepped out of the debate. The relationship between Silicon Valley tech companies and government regulators. Also, a program in Richmond, California that pays potentially-violent people to stay out of trouble....
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