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The fate of a large piece of undeveloped land along California’s coastline will be decided Wednesday when the Coastal Commission votes on whether a company can build hundreds of homes, a hotel, and shops along the Pacific Ocean in Orange County. Environmentalists say the land is too precious to build on.

Then, Timothy Desmond submitted a painting to the Big Fresno Fair last year that depicts confederate soldiers and the confederate flag. The fair rejected the painting – did it violate Desmond’s free speech rights?

Next, Labor Day is behind us and so is the summer movie season. After months of sequels, remakes and tentpole blockbusters, does it look like Hollywood’s go-to formulas just aren’t cutting it anymore?

Also, today’s talent agents are sophisticated business people in expensive suits and CAA is largely the reason why. Journalist James Andrew Miller has looked into the history of the Hollywood super agency and the result is his new book, “Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency.”

And finally, LA’s long had an abundance of Hawaiian food, but now there are a number of new places to get a taste of Hawaii, Spam and all.

Photo courtesy of Larry Tenney. 

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Sarah Sweeney

Coastal Commission to decide on massive OC development 8 MIN, 16 SEC

The fate of a large piece of undeveloped land along California’s coastline will be decided Wednesday. The California Coastal Commission will vote on whether a company – Newport Banning Ranch LLC – can build hundreds of homes, a hotel, and shops along the Pacific Ocean in Orange County. Environmentalists say the land is too precious to build on because it’s a wetland habitat for owls and other animals.

Guests:
Mark Gold, UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (@uclaioes)

Freedom of speech and the confederate flag in art 4 MIN, 51 SEC

Timothy Desmond, a local Fresno artist and Civil War buff, submitted a painting called “The Attack” to the Big Fresno Fair last year. It depicts confederate soldiers before the 1864 siege of Atlanta. The fair rejected the painting, however, because it depicts the Confederate Flag. California passed a law two years ago restricting the flag’s public display. Now the painter is suing the state and the fair. Did the fair violate Desmond’s free speech rights?

Guests:
Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California Irvine (@UCILaw)

How CAA changed what it means to be an agent 15 MIN, 35 SEC


Today’s talent agents are sophisticated business people in expensive suits who drive expensive cars and CAA is largely the reason why. The Creative Artists Agency changed what it meant to be an agent – and the entire entertainment business. And though the industry has continued to evolve since CAA was the most powerful agency in Hollywood, people still refer to its Century City headquarters as “The Death Star.” Journalist James Andrew Miller has looked into the history of the Hollywood super agency and the result is his new book: “Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency.”

Guests:
James Andrew Miller, journalist and author (@JimMiller)

LA ‘gourmet-ifies’ Hawaiian grub 7 MIN, 6 SEC

There’s no need for Angelenos to hop on a plane to Hawaii to get a taste of island fare. LA’s long had an abundance of Hawaiian food, but now there are a number of new places to get a taste of Hawaii, Spam and all.

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

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