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We start today with sports news and the Carson City Council’s approval of plans for an NFL stadium. If they build it, will any teams come? Then, the California Raisins were before the Supreme Court today, or, actually, an old law that allows the government to seize some raisin crops. We get an explainer. Then, Heidi Julavits discusses her new memoir, The Folded Clock. Finally, Ben Affleck has admitted that he asked the PBS show Finding Your Roots not to air the discovery that one of his ancestors owned slaves. What does the censoring say about how our culture handles our history of slavery?

Banner Image: Adam Day, chairman of San Diego's football stadium advisory group, has a picture taken with a San Diego Chargers football fan after announcing the selection of Mission Valley as the proposed site for a new multi-use stadium in San Diego, California March 12, 2015. Mission Valley, the home of NFL's San Diego Chargers for the past 50 years, has been chosen as the site where the new stadium would be built, as the city hopes to stop the team from moving to Los Angeles. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

NFL in Carson? 12 MIN, 26 SEC

We start with a sports roundup today, kicking off with big news out of Carson. The city council there unanimously approved plans for an NFL stadium. So, will it happen? And if they build it, will any teams come? Also, the Clippers are playing the two-time repeat champion San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. And ESPN reporter Britt McHenry’s mean girl viral video.

Guests:
Randy Sklar, comedian and sports commentator (@SklarBrothers)
Jason Sklar, comedian and sports commentator (@SklarBrothers)

California Raisins at the Supreme Court 8 MIN, 57 SEC

The singing, dancing California Raisins were on a different stage today: they were before the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices heard arguments over a Depression-era law that allows the government to seize part of a raisin farmer’s crop in order to keep prices high. This isn’t the first time raisins have gone to Washington. In the mid-1990s, some farmers challenged the government marketing program that made stars out of the dried fruit in the first place. We catch up on all the latest legal news for dried grapes.

Guests:
Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News (@AlanBjerga)

Diary as Literature 14 MIN, 19 SEC

A diary is usually one of two things: Ourselves at our worst, i.e. complaining or self-aggrandizing. Or, perhaps more disappointing, ourselves at our most mundane. For the next two days, we’re speaking with the authors of two new books, both of which orbit around the idea of keeping a diary. Today, we start with Heidi Julavits discussing her new memoir, The Folded Clock.

Guests:
Heidi Julavits, author

The Folded Clock

Heidi Julavits

Ben Affleck, PBS, and Whitewashing a Slave-Holding Ancestor 10 MIN, 29 SEC

What happens when academia and Hollywood collide? Ben Affleck has now admitted that he asked Henry Louis Gates, Jr., of the PBS show Finding Your Roots, to omit the fact that one of his ancestors owned slaves. The cover-up was revealed after WikiLeaks published emails between Gates and Sony Pictures co-chairman Michael Lynton. Affleck wrote on his Facebook page yesterday that he felt embarrassed by his history but now regrets the decision to cover it up. Is this reflective of a bigger dilemma in how our culture handles the topic of slavery?

Guests:
Carol Anderson, Emory University

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