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It’s primary day in California. Should the Associated Press and other news outlets have called the Democratic presidential race for Hillary Clinton last night? How will the announcement impact voter turnout in the Golden State? For a more personal look at politics, we turn to the hosts of the podcast “Dear Sugar Radio” who recently devoted two episodes to answering letters from people whose relationships have been strained during this election. Then, Garrard Conley was a lost child growing up in rural Arkansas as a Mission Baptist before being outed as gay. His new memoir, “Boy Erased,” chronicles his time in so-called ex-gay therapy, which used the Bible and a 12-step-like structure to convince vulnerable, often young, people to renounce their homosexuality. And finally, we’ll have a NBA/NHL finals update with the comedy team, the Sklar Brothers.

Banner Image: Californians vote in the 2016 presidential primary. Photo credit: Saul Gonzalez

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

On Primary Day, Californians Go to the Polls 6 MIN, 23 SEC

Californians hit the polls Tuesday for the state’s primary. And even though the Associated Press and other news outlets called the Democratic presidential race for Hillary Clinton Monday night, Democrats supporting both candidates are still turning out to vote in Los Angeles. Will voter turnout be as high as expected across the state? KCRW’s roving reporter Saul Gonzalez visited several LA polling places Tuesday and reported back to Press Play.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

Should the Media Have Declared Clinton the Nominee? 8 MIN, 52 SEC

The announcement that Hillary Clinton is the presumptive Democratic nominee is historic – it’s the first time a woman has captured a major-party nomination for US president. And yet the moment has been overshadowed. Many people were angered that the announcement came on Monday, the night before a huge day of primaries in which nearly seven hundred pledged delegates are up for grabs in California, New Jersey, and four other states. Furthermore, the tallies media outlets used to determine that Clinton clinched the nomination include superdelegates, party insiders who Bernie Sanders says could still change their minds. So should the media have declared Clinton the nominee already? Did they make the news or just report it? And will the announcement affect voter turnout Tuesday?


Guests:
Tom Rosenstiel, Executive Director, American Press Institute (@tbr1)

More:
Why the media shouldn't have declared Hillary Clinton the nominee last night

The Presidential Election is Breaking Up Relationships 8 MIN, 47 SEC

What do you do if you’re a Bernie supporter but your best friend is a Hillary fan? Or your parents are voting for Trump, and you can’t understand why? Do you try to convince your loved ones to come to your side? Avoid the topic? Antagonize each other? The hosts of the podcast “Dear Sugar Radio” recently devoted two episodes to answering letters from people whose relationships have been strained this election, and they join Press Play with a little advice.

Guests:
Cheryl Strayed, "Dear Sugar Radio"
Steve Almond, “Dear Sugar Radio”

More:
Dear Sugar Radio
If You Don't Want A President Trump, Stop Demonizing His Supporters
The right’s long war on hope: How the GOP manufactures apathy, cynicism and rage

How Ex-Gay Therapy Made Garrard Conley a 'Boy Erased' 15 MIN, 41 SEC

Garrard Conley grew up in rural Arkansas as a Mission Baptist. His mother and father were devout to say the least. An only child who worked at his dad’s car lot, Conley was encouraged to minister to the customers. Every soul counted, especially the lost ones. But Conley, himself, was feeling increasingly lost. Because there in the capital of Evangelical America, he knew that he was gay. What happened next is the subject of Garrard Conley’s new memoir titled, “Boy Erased.” The book chronicles Conley’s time in so-called ex-gay therapy, an intensive program called Love in Action, which used the Bible and a 12-step-like structure to convince vulnerable, often young, people to renounce their homosexuality.

Guests:
Garrard Conley, Author

Boy Erased

Garrard Conley

NBA/NHL Finals Update with the Sklar Brothers 8 MIN, 15 SEC

The Golden State Warriors have won the first two games of the NBA finals against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pittsburgh Penguins are one win away from lifting the Stanley Cup in the National Hockey League finals. We’ll have a NBA/NHL finals recap. Plus, the US men’s soccer team needs a win tonight in the Copa America tournament.


Guests:
Randy Sklar, comedian and sports commentator (@SklarBrothers)
Jason Sklar, comedian and sports commentator (@SklarBrothers)

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