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Governor Jerry Brown signed several new California gun laws and vetoed others on his desk. What does that mean for the gun control initiative that Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom has put on the ballot? That initiative is one of at least 17 that California voters will decide on in November.

Also, Los Angeles County’s voting system is about to get an overhaul. Registered voters will automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot and will be able to vote at any polling place they choose, where they will use new, user-friendly touch-screen voting machines.

Next, Federal regulators launched an investigation Thursday into Tesla’s self-driving cars following a fatal crash involving the Tesla Model S Autopilot function.

Then, this weekend’s new film releases include some Tarzan eye candy.

And finally, the last remaining student withdrew last week from the MFA program at USC’s Roski School of Art and Design. What will happen to the program long-term?

Photo Credit: Neon Tommy

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

CA Gun Control: What Governor Brown Signed and What He Vetoed 11 MIN, 3 SEC

The California state legislature handed Governor Brown a package of gun control bills. As of Friday morning, the Governor signed some and vetoed others. What does that mean for the gun control initiative that Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has put on the ballot? That initiative is one of at least 17 that California voters will decide on in November. Voters will also decide whether or not to legalize recreational pot, end the death penalty, and enact other gun control measures. They’ll also vote on how to deal with plastic bags and whether porn stars should wear condoms. What else? And what local initiatives will voters in Los Angeles decide on?

Guests:
John Myers, Los Angeles Times (@johnmyers)
Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles (@SonensheinPBI)

LA County Will Get a Voting System Makeover 7 MIN, 43 SEC

Los Angeles County will undergo a major voting system overhaul. Officials announced this week that the first stage of that overhaul is done, but that the changes won’t be ready until elections two years from now. The makeover includes a total reworking of polling places. There will eventually be hundreds of polling places sprinkled throughout the city and voters will be able to vote at any one they choose. Registered voters will automatically get a vote-by-mail ballot, just in case they want to vote early. And there will be new, user-friendly touch-screen voting machines at polling places. After you vote, the machine will spit out a paper ballot that you then submit by hand, so it’s not computer voting. Will the overhaul be a worthwhile investment?

Guests:
Matt Adams, Project leader

More:
IDEO, the company that led the voting makeover

Feds To Investigate Tesla’s Autopilot Cars Following Fatal Crash 9 MIN, 44 SEC

Federal regulators launched an investigation Thursday into Tesla’s self-driving cars. That’s because a man was killed in May when his Tesla Model S crashed into a tractor-trailer in Florida. He was driving in the car’s semi-autonomous system. It’s called Autopilot, but that name is a little misleading. What does Autopilot do and what’s the future of driverless cars?

Guests:
Jonathan Gitlin, Editor, Ars Technica (@drgitlin)

Film: New ‘Tarzan’ Is a ‘Hodgepodge’ with Eye Candy 10 MIN, 53 SEC

For those staying in town this Fourth of July weekend, there’s some candy at the cinema. Yes, there are Junior Mints. But there’s also eye candy available – in the new “Tarzan”. What the Flick?! film critic Christy Lemire called it “a really weird kind of hodgepodge of stuff.”

Guests:
Christy Lemire, What The Flick?! (@christylemire)

What Will Happen to USC’s Art & Design MFA Program? 9 MIN, 26 SEC

The last remaining student has withdrawn from the MFA program at USC’s Roski School of Art and Design. Hae Ann Kwon sent out a pointed email to the school and the media saying that she was “participating in a sham.” Her departure from the school comes a year after the previous class withdrew in protest over changes in the program. What will happen to the program long-term?

Guests:
Carolina Miranda, Los Angeles Times (@cmonstah)

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Carolina Miranda's column

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