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The California Coastal Commission Executive Director Charles Lester is out, in a move that environmentalists say favors developers at the expense of preserving the state’s cherished coastline. We’ll hear from a critic of the move, and the commission chairman.

Also, the commission is trying to crack down on a group of Palos Verdes surfers called the Bay Boys. They’ve ruled over a strip of beach called Lunada Bay, but their reign may be ending.

Next, we stay in the water and talk to the author of a new book about the sex lives of sea creatures.

Finally, a new Twitter feed highlights the sexist way female characters are described in screenplays. We talk to a TV writer who’s a fan of what the Twitter feed is sharing with the public.

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Laura Swisher

The Coastal Commission Removes Its Director 9 MIN, 46 SEC

The fate of the embattled executive director of the California Coastal Commission, Charles Lester, has been settled. Lester has been removed from his post. Lester was appointed in 2011 to run the organization that decides what can – and cannot – be built along California's coast. We talk to a fierce critic of Lester’s ousting.

Guests:
Steve Blank, Former California Coastal Commissioner

The Bay Boys of Palos Verdes 8 MIN, 35 SEC

The California Coastal Commission is attempting to crack down on a group of Palos Verdes surfers who call themselves the Bay Boys. Other surfers who brave the waves they control report being assaulted in the water, having stones and dirt thrown at them, and having their tires slashed. Local law enforcement has been unable or unwilling to do anything about it, until now.

Guests:
Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times (@gtherolf)
Cory Spencer, El Segundo Police Department

The Coastal Commission Responds 10 MIN, 50 SEC

Though Coastal Commission Executive Director Charles Lester had hours of public testimony supporting him, the commission nonetheless voted to oust him. We heard from a critic of the move earlier. We talk to the chair of the commission, who voted to keep Lester as executive director.

Guests:
Steve Kinsey, California Coastal Commission

'Sex in the Sea' 14 MIN, 17 SEC

When lobsters get ready to mate, the female woos a dominant male by dropping by his den every day for a week and shooting a stream of her pee at his head. That’s just one of the fascinating stories in a new book about procreation among sea creatures.

Guests:
Marah Hardt, Future of Fish; Author (@Marahh2o)

More:
Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep

Sex in the Sea

Marah J. Hardt

Female Descriptions in Screenplays 8 MIN, 1 SEC

A new Twitter feed highlights some of the sexist ways female characters are described in screenplays. We the audience aren’t privy to these, but they’re essential in guiding the casting process as well as what kind of stories get greenlit. We talk to a writer who’s a fan of the Twitter feed, and thinks it contains lessons for the industry and moviegoers alike.


Guests:
Beth Schacter, Writer, Producer (@bethshax)

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