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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are essentially calling the other a racist. Will this help their low favorability ratings?

And independent citizens around the country have been running huge hyper-partisan media machines from their garages and home offices, creating memes that are flooding Facebook and other social media.

President Obama has quadrupled the size of a giant marine monument -- now twice the size of Texas -- despite a local campaign to stop the expansion.

In her new memoir, C. Nicole Mason
tells the story of her childhood in poor African American neighborhoods around LA and she uses it to illustrate the many reasons that it’s so difficult to escape a life of poverty.

Finally, in our weekly movie segment, a paean to Barack and Michelle, and a horror flick with a baaaad blind guy.


Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Sarah Sweeney

Presidential candidates accuse each other of racism 9 MIN, 57 SEC

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded accusations of racism in speeches yesterday. As the election enters the final trimester the presidential race is dominated not by talk of policy, but which candidate is the real racist. While Clinton has a slight lead in most recent polls, both candidates have low favorability ratings. It’s not clear yet how much either is benefitting from calling the other racist.

Guests:
Jason Johnson, Editor, Professor (@DrJasonJohnson)

What political coverage looks like on Facebook 11 MIN, 9 SEC

A few independent citizens around the country have been running huge hyper-partisan media machines from their garages and home offices in the form of memes that are taking over Facebook feeds on the left and right. These memes are being shared and viewed millions of times every day. What does this say about how people are getting political news?

Guests:
John Herrman, Fellow (@jwherrman)

President Obama expands the Hawaiian Marine Monument 8 MIN, 49 SEC

A campaign to stop the expansion of a massive marine monument around the Hawaiian islands has failed. President Obama quadrupled the size of it today. It’s now twice the size of the state of Texas. Many conservationists are celebrating the move. But many native Hawaiians and some local lawmakers see this as a federal land – or ocean – grab.

Guests:
Peter Apo, Trustee

Born Bright’ and the challenges of escaping poverty 14 MIN, 18 SEC

Nicole Mason was born in Compton. Her mother was 16 years old and a high school dropout. Her father was a small-time drug dealer who left when Nicole was young. No one in her family had finished high school. Today, Mason has a PhD and is a social scientist who focuses on issues of poverty and economic security. In her new book, “Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in America,” she tells the story of her childhood and she uses it to illustrate the many reasons that it’s so difficult to escape a life of poverty.

Guests:
Nicole Mason, Executive Director, Author (@cnicolemason)

Born Bright

C. Nicole Mason

Friday Film: ‘Southside With You,’ ‘Don’t Breathe’ 7 MIN, 43 SEC

This weekend’s releases include “Southside With You,” a film that imagines the first date between a young Barack Obama and his wife-to-be Michelle Robinson. Also “Don’t Breathe,” a horror film in which three desperate young people think they can make some easy money by robbing a blind guy, and boy did they pick the wrong blind guy!

Guests:
Witney Seibold, Crave Online (@witneyseibold)

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