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The second presidential debate had a lot of voters outside the Beltway wondering: who is Sidney Blumenthal? Donald Trump has tried to link the unofficial Hillary Clinton advisor to the ‘birther’ conspiracy. And now Trump is repeating a false story that links Blumenthal to Benghazi, which journalist Kurt Eichenwald says began when Russian hackers attributed his writing to Blumenthal. Are Russian hackers leaking false stories to influence the US presidential election?

Then, California is heading into what will most likely be a 6th year of drought, and many scientists – and Governor Brown – say water scarcity is the “new normal” in the state. With mandatory statewide cuts lifted, are Californians slipping on conservation?

Also, when the drought was front and center in our minds, one thing many Angelenos did to save water is replace their lawns with more drought-tolerant landscaping. Many used a company called Turf Terminators, and Press Play producer Anna Scott wrote about the company’s rise and fall recently for Bloomberg Businessweek.

Next, a new book titled, “The Black Panthers: Portraits From an Unfinished Revolution,” chronicles some of the lesser known, more philanthropic things the Black Panthers were up to in the 1960s.

And finally, creepy clowns are popping up all over and freaking people out. How do legitimate clowns feel about the clown hysteria the pranksters have caused?

Photo courtesy of Official Internet Resources of the President of Russia 

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

Are hackers to blame for Trump’s false Blumenthal, Benghazi link? 12 MIN, 7 SEC

Donald Trump criticized Hillary Clinton’s handling of Benghazi at the second presidential debate, saying that Clinton consulted with her friend Sidney Blumenthal after the incident. Blumenthal’s name actually came up twice during Sunday’s debate, which left a lot of voters outside the Beltway wondering: wait, Sidney who? Blumenthal was a political journalist for years before he joined the Bill Clinton White House as an advisor in 1997. He’s remained a close confidant and unofficial advisor to Hillary Clinton ever since. But Sidney Blumenthal is also the star of some of the alt-right’s favorite conspiracy theories, including a false story Trump has repeated that links Blumenthal to Benghazi, which journalist Kurt Eichenwald says began when Russian hackers attributed his writing to Blumenthal. Are Russian hackers leaking false stories to influence the US presidential election?

Guests:
Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek (@kurteichenwald)

With 6th year of drought ahead, California is slipping on conservation 6 MIN, 39 SEC

After enduring five of the driest years on record, California is heading into what will most likely be a sixth year of serious drought. Water scarcity is considered by many scientists – and Governor Brown – to be the new normal in California. Yet, state water officials lifted mandatory statewide cutbacks earlier this year, even though Brown added at the time that “water conservation must be a part of our everyday life.” Well, is it?

Guests:
Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute (@PeterGleick)

More:
Pacific Institute, a global water think tank based in Oakland

Turf Terminators: How much bang for your buck? 8 MIN, 38 SEC

When the drought was front and center in the minds of Californians, many Angelenos replaced their lawns with more drought-tolerant landscaping. To do this, many used a company called Turf Terminators. In less than two years, the company removed millions of square feet of grass from about 12,000 lawns in and around LA. But since then, customers and environmentalists have complained about the quality of their work and how eco-friendly it really is. Press Play producer Anna Scott wrote recently about the company’s rise and fall for Bloomberg Businessweek.

Guests:
Anna Scott, Producer, 'Press Play' (@AnnaKCRW)

Beyond the berets and guns, the softer side of the Black Panthers 14 MIN, 8 SEC

Fifty years ago this month, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale created the Black Panther party in Oakland, Calif. The Panthers are mostly remembered for their black berets, black leather jackets, guns and violence. But a new book titled “The Black Panthers: Portraits From an Unfinished Revolution” tells a different story. It includes photographic portraits and interviews with 45 surviving party members. Their recollections of running food and clothing drives and medical clinics are a stark contrast to the popular perception of the Panthers.

Guests:
Bryan Shih, Editor, Photographer (@bryanshih)
Yohuru Williams, Fairfield University (@YohuruWilliams)

This real clown is not happy about the creepy clown hysteria 5 MIN, 53 SEC

In late August, police in South Carolina received reports that clowns were trying to lure children into the woods. Since then, creepy clowns have been spotted in more than two dozen states. Last week, police arrested a man in Pennsylvania after witnesses say he was jumping in front of cars dressed in a clown mask. Law enforcement in California is deeply irritated by the clown panic, but are urging people to keep calm, saying most of these creepy clowns are doing it as a prank. The prank is not so funny for people with a clown phobia, though, and also not funny to legit clowns, people who work for circuses and perform at birthday parties.

Guests:
Eric Newton, Teacher, Performer

More:
Kinetic Theory: circus theatre school in Culver City

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