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We start today with an update on the legal fight between Apple and the FBI, which wants Apple to help it access a cell phone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.

Then, the trial of Lonnie Franklin, accused of being the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer, started this week. What do we know about the case?

Next, Madeleine speaks to a city councilman from Adelanto, a high desert town that’s become the second city in the state to allow the commercial cultivation of medical marijuana.

In other marijuana-related news, Madeleine speaks to the director of the new documentary Rolling Papers.

And finally, a fight between a father and a surrogate mother highlights all kinds of legal questions about surrogacy in California.

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

Apple v. FBI 8 MIN, 36 SEC

Apple is refusing to comply with a court order to enable the FBI to access a cellphone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists. A federal judge ordered Apple to help the government break the phone’s encryption. But yesterday, CEO Tim Cook refused, saying in a public letter to Apple customers that to do so would compromise every Apple iphone user’s security. What are the legal issues?

Guests:
Jose Pagliery, CNN Money (@Jose_Pagliery)

Grim Sleeper Trial Begins 7 MIN, 49 SEC

The trial in the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killings started downtown yesterday. The Grim Sleeper suspect is Lonnie Franklin, a former city garbage man. He’s accused of murdering 10 women in South L.A. over 23 years. We get a refresher on the case and a primer on what to expect at the trial from the journalist who first broke the story of the Grim Sleeper nine years ago.

Guests:
Christine Pelisek, People magazine (@chrispelisek)

Weed Town 8 MIN, 36 SEC

If you’ve ever heard of Adelanto, California, it’s probably because you caught it out of the corner of your eye as you were driving up the 15 on your way to Vegas. Or maybe you spent time in one of the town’s four prisons? Well, now Adelanto has a new claim to fame – one that has real estate developers lining up to buy land there. Last year, Adelanto became only the second city in the state to allow the commercial cultivation of medical marijuana, and things are looking up in this struggling high desert town. We hear from a city official about the changes.

Guests:
John Woodard, city councilman, Adelanto, CA

'Rolling Papers' 14 MIN, 43 SEC

In 2012, Colorado became the first state to make recreational marijuana legal. Not long after that, the Denver Post became the first daily newspaper in the nation to hire a pot editor and pot reviewers. A new documentary takes a look at the reporters and reviewers of the Post’s Culture of Cannabis website, The Cannabist. Madeleine speaks with the film’s director.

Guests:
Mitch Dickman, director, 'Rolling Papers'
Ricardo Baca, Denver Post (@bruvs)

Rolling Papers

Mitch Dickman

A Surrogacy Saga 11 MIN, 15 SEC

Surrogacy is the Wild West of reproductive law in the U.S. Take this story for example: A Georgia man hired a California woman as a surrogate. She became pregnant with triplets. The man, who is 50, single and deaf, wasn’t sure he’d want or be able to care for three babies. The surrogacy contract stipulates that he could request a selective reduction, i.e. an abortion of one or more of the fetuses. But even though she signed the contract, the surrogate refused to do that because she’s anti-abortion. Now she wants to keep one or maybe all of the babies, saying the man who hired her is unfit to be the father. Her lawyer is seeking to overturn the California law on surrogacy, saying it’s unconstitutional. The story illustrates the lack of standards and regulations governing the for-profit surrogacy industry – especially here in California, land of “Octomom” Nadya Suleman.

Guests:
Michelle Goldberg, Slate (@michelleinbklyn)

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