Today on Press Play, we look at two new California laws: One aimed at curbing sexual assault on campuses, another that bans single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and quickie-marts. We also talk about the relationship between doctors and drug companies. Comedian Hari Kondabolu mixes politics and stand-up, but he doesn’t like to be labeled a “political comedian.” He joins us to explain why, and Madeleine helps him write some jokes. And Ezekiel Emanuel tells us why he only wants to live until age 75.
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Governor Brown has signed what’s known as the “Yes Mean Yes” law. It makes California the first state in the nation to try to take the ambiguity out of sexual consent on college campuses. But while the law sounds good on paper, many have questions and doubts about how it will be interpreted.
In an effort to get doctors to prescribe their drugs to patients, drug makers spend billions of dollars a year on meals, speaking and consulting fees, and other perks for physicians. Today, a new government database goes online that will list the money pharmaceutical companies spend on doctors.
Aaron Kesselheim, Harvard Medical School
How long would you want to live if you had a choice? For most people, the answer is probably as long as possible. But not for Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel. He’s director of the Clinical Bioethics Department at the National Institutes of Health. He recently wrote an essay for The Atlantic titled, “Why I Hope to Die at 75.”
Ezekiel Emanuel, National Institutes of Health
For almost twenty years, New York University’s Asian-Pacific-American Institute has offered residencies to journalists, poets, photographers and painters and other artists. This year -- for the first time ever -- they’ve invited a stand-up comedian: Hari Kondabolu. He got his start as a immigration rights activist in Seattle, doing stand-up on the side. Since then, he’s appeared on Letterman, Conan, and Kimmel, to name a few, and he’s headlining the Troubadour in L.A. tonight.
Governor Jerry Brown signed a law today that bans single-use plastic bags statewide - the kind you get at a grocery store or shopping mall. The city of Los Angeles became the biggest city ever to ban plastic bags last year. And now California is the first state to do so. But what effect do plastic bag bans actually have?