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The GOP has Silicon Valley on its mind when it comes to fundraising. According to a new analysis by the LA Times, the Bay Area beats out both Los Angeles and Orange County when it comes to donations to Republican candidates.

And there is one presidential candidate with a storied Silicon Valley history, Carly Fiorina, who will take the stage at tonight’s GOP debate. The other candidates have already begun to attack her business record in the tech industry.

Then, new numbers from the Census today are providing something of a reality check when it comes to the economy. Median income last year didn’t budge from the previous year, and it’s the same story with poverty. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve is meeting to decide whether or not to raise interest rates.

And are Angelenos really engaged—like New Yorkers or Chicagoans—in trying to make our city a better place to live? According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, Los Angeles ranks near the bottom when compared to volunteerism in other big cities.

Finally, for more than a decade, comedian Steve Rannazzisi has been repeating a dramatic story about narrowly escaping the World Trade Center on 9/11. One problem: His 9/11 story isn’t true. Rannazzisi admitted in a statement yesterday that he was not at the World Trade Center that day, but working in midtown Manhattan. What motivates these kinds of falsehoods?

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

GOP Tech Dollars 9 MIN, 36 SEC

The second Republican debate takes place tonight in Simi Valley. But the GOP has Silicon Valley on its mind when it comes to fundraising. According to a new analysis by the LA Times, the Bay Area beats out both Los Angeles and Orange County when it comes to donations to Republican candidates.

Guests:
Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times (@melmason)
Julie Samuels, Executive Director of Engine, a political advocacy group for startups. (@juliepsamuels)

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In Democratic California, which 2016 candidates get the most money? You'll be surprised.

Carly Fiorina’s Business Background 9 MIN, 6 SEC

Carly Fiorina will take the stage at tonight’s GOP debate. The candidate has a storied Silicon Valley history and the other contenders have already begun to attack her business record in the tech industry.

Guests:
Arik Hesseldahl, Re/code (@ahess247)

State of the Economy 7 MIN, 51 SEC

New numbers from the Census today show little upward movement from last year. Median income last year didn’t budge from the previous year, and it’s the same story with poverty. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve is meeting today and tomorrow to decide whether or not to raise interest rates.

Guests:
Charles Ballard, Michigan State University

Making L.A.: Civic Engagement 13 MIN, 41 SEC

Are Angelenos really engaged—like New Yorkers and Chicagoans—in trying to make our city a better place to live? Do we volunteer and give money to our museums and cultural institutions? Do we feel connected to our city? According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, not really. Los Angeles ranks near the bottom when compared to volunteerism in other big cities.

Guests:
Donna Bojarsky, Founder of the Future of Cities conference
Wendy Garen, President and CEO of the Ralph M Parsons Foundation.

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Posts from Press Play: Making LA

Faking Tragedy 7 MIN, 36 SEC

For more than a decade, comedian Steve Rannazzisi has been repeating a dramatic story about himself. He said that he quit his finance job in New York to pursue comedy after narrowly escaping the World Trade Center on 9/11. Rannazzisi now stars on the popular FX show The League. He has a new special on Comedy Central this Saturday. He’s the face of Buffalo Wild Wings, appearing in commercials. One problem: His 9/11 story isn’t true. Rannazzisi admitted in a statement yesterday that he was NOT at the World Trade Center that day, but working in midtown Manhattan. What motivates these kinds of falsehoods?

Guests:
Elizabeth Loftus, Professor of psychology and social behavior at UC Irvine.

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