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Charter Communications has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable in a deal that will affect subscribers throughout Southern California. CEO pay is still on the rise, and most of the highest paid are heads of big media companies. While they get richer, coupon clippers are losing a treasured resource. We also hear from Kamasi Washington, and find out why L.A. isn't better known for seafood.

Banner Image: A Time Warner Cable service van; Credit: Carbon Arc

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

Time Warner/Charter Cable Merger Will Affect Millions in California 8 MIN, 30 SEC

Charter Communications has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable in a $56.7 billion deal. Cable king John Malone has been eyeing Time Warner for a while, waiting for his chance at the company.

This deal would make Charter the largest cable provider in Southern California, providing service to two million customers in the region. And it might mean Dodgers fans could watch games on TV again.

Guests:
David Gelles, New York Times (@dgelles)

Media Executives Top CEO Salary List 6 MIN, 50 SEC

The Associated Press released a list of 2014’s highest paid CEOs. Six of the 10 highest paid executives were big media moguls at the helm of companies like CBS and Disney.

And 2014 marks the fifth year in a row that CEO pay has gone up. Associated Press business reporter Steve Rothwell co-authored the list and joins us to talk about where all the money’s coming from.

Guests:
Steve Rothwell, Associated Press (@SteveRothwellAP)

Coupon Clippers Lament as PennySaver Shuts Down 9 MIN, 45 SEC

There’s devastating news for coupon clippers today: the owners of the PennySaver suddenly announced that the paper would shut down.

For more than 50 years, the PennySaver arrived in mailboxes throughout California with pages chock full of discounts at local retailers.

The paper started in 1962 in Huntington Beach and spread across the state, reaching more than nine million Californians a week.

The PennySaver was bought out in 2013 for more than $22 million, but according to a statement from the owners, it ran out of money.

It’s certainly not the end of discounts… but it is the end of an era.

Guests:
Ira Kalb, USC’s Marshall School of Business (@irakalb)

Kamasi Washington’s 'The Epic' 16 MIN, 16 SEC

The new jazz record by Los Angeles-based tenor sax player and composer Kamasi Washington is 3-CD set featuring dozens of musicians and singers performing almost three hours of music.

The new album is called The Epic, and includes a 32-piece orchestra and a choir with 20 singers.

The musician, who has also played with Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill and Kendrick Lamar, talks us through his process and his sound.

Guests:
Kamasi Washington, tenor saxophone player (@KamasiW)

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Kamasi Washington Adds an 'Epic' Chapter to L.A.'s Jazz Life

The Epic

Kamasi Washington

Is It Time To Embrace L.A. Seafood? 6 MIN, 37 SEC

Cities by the sea are generally known for a few things: Beaches, fresh ocean air and seafood. However, unlike Seattle, Boston or San Francisco, L.A. has not been known as a fish-eating town. But that may finally be changing.

We get some recommendations for fish beyond sushi and fish tacos from KCET Food Editor Katherine Spiers.

Guests:
Katherine Spiers, How It Got In Your Mouth (@katherinespiers)

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