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This morning, President Obama announced executive action on gun control from the White House. Meanwhile, armed anti-government protesters have been holed up at a wildlife refuge in Oregon for four days. What’s the history of these kinds of armed groups? Then, a look at the Bernie Sanders campaign and whether he’ll be able to parlay his populist appeal to wins in Iowa and New Hampshire. Next, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas responds to a scathing new report on his office’s use of jailhouse informants. Next, Madeleine speaks to one of the writers of the new Fox kids show “Bordertown.” And finally, what SHOULD Angelenos be resolving to eat in 2016?

Banner Image: President Obama Delivers Remarks on Reducing Gun Violence

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Laura Swisher

An Oregon Standoff and The Rise of Anti-Government Militias 8 MIN, 3 SEC

In rural Oregon, a group of armed protesters has been holed up at a wildlife refuge for four days now. They call themselves the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom. They say they’re fighting federal government tyranny, and they’re part of a dramatic trend. The number of anti-government militia groups in this country has increased 37 percent in the past year, according to a new study by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Guests:
Phil Brick, Whitman College

Assessing Bernie Sanders 8 MIN, 53 SEC

President Obama wasn’t the only one to give a policy speech today. Sen. Bernie Sanders did as well. He has broadly attacked Wall Street and corporate greed throughout his campaign, but today he added some specifics. Can Sanders parlay his financial policy speech to wins in Iowa and New Hampshire?

Guests:
Molly Ball, The Atlantic (@mollyesque)
Kevin Hardy, Des Moines Register (@kevinmhardy)

Orange County D.A. Informant Scandal 12 MIN, 10 SEC

A special committee report released yesterday found that a “failure of leadership” at the Orange County district attorney's office paved the way for big problems with its jailhouse informants. The report also calls the office “a ship without a rudder” and describes prosecutors as having a “win-at-all-costs mentality.” We hear from Orange County D.A. Tony Rackauckas and an outside expert responding to the report.

Guests:
Tony Rackauckas, Orange County District Attorney (@OCDATony)
Alexandra Natapoff, Professor at Loyola Law School and author of the book “Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice.”

Bordertown 13 MIN, 15 SEC

There’s a new kid in Fox’s Sunday night animation lineup. And he speaks with an accent. “Bordertown” premiered this week on Fox. The show focuses on two families in the fictional town of Mexifornia: the Gonzalezes and the Gonzalez’ neighbors - and the patriarch of that family is Bud Buckwald, a border patrol agent. Hijinx, of course, ensues. The show is doofy and goofy, but it also pokes fun at complicated topics like assimilation and the foundering middle class.

Guests:
Lalo Alcaraz, Writer and Cartoonist (@laloalcaraz)

Food Resolutions 5 MIN, 41 SEC

It’s time for New Year’s resolutions. So many revolve around diet and food, and today we’re going to flip them upside-down. Instead of talking about what not to eat come 2016, our regular food commentator is here to tell you what you SHOULD be eating.


Photo by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa


Guests:
Katherine Spiers, How It Got In Your Mouth (@katherinespiers)

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