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Today, Jerry Brown issued an executive order to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years. What will it mean for the state’s businesses and residents? Then, we meet L.A.’s “green czar,” the man in charge of sustainability for the City of Los Angeles. Next, in our regular car segment, the dramatic story of how the head of Volkswagen was forced out of his own company. And finally, the filmmaker behind the new film Misery Loves Comedy.

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

Jerry Brown Orders Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cuts 10 MIN, 38 SEC

Today, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years. By 2030, the governor says, emissions must be 40% below where they were all the way back in 1990. Ironically, this comes the same day the American Lung Association ranked Southern California as having the country’s worst air pollution. So how significant is Brown’s order, and what will it mean for California’s businesses and residents?

Guests:
Cara Horowitz, UCLA's Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

More:
WWLA on Brown's speech at the Milken Institute Global Conference

L.A.'s Green Czar 9 MIN, 52 SEC

Matt Peterson is LA’s first chief sustainability officer, a.k.a. the “green czar.” What does that mean, and what does he plan to do? We meet the man in charge of guiding environmental efforts in Los Angeles.

Guests:
Matt Petersen, City of Los Angeles (@mattspete)

Today in Cars: Americans Snapping Up Gas Guzzlers 11 MIN, 55 SEC

The longtime head of Volkswagen was forced into retirement this week, and the boardroom machinations behind the ouster could have been lifted straight out of an episode of House of Cards. Ferdinand Piech transformed Volkswagen from an unremarkable brand to the third largest automaker in the world. But it wasn’t enough to prevent a coup from within the ranks of his own deputies. We talk about that and other auto-related news in our regular cars segment.

Guests:
Aaron Robinson, Car and Driver magazine

'Misery Loves Comedy' 14 MIN, 28 SEC

A new documentary looks deep inside the soul of comedy, featuring a long list of some of the world’s funniest people: Jimmy Fallon, Christopher Guest, Amy Schumer, and Marc Maron are all part of the lineup. The film does little to challenge the common wisdom that dysfunctional childhoods lead to successful careers in comedy, but it’s entertaining along the way. We hear from the filmmaker.

Guests:
Kevin Pollak, actor, comedian, impressionist and author (@kevinpollak)

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