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The odds of Bernie Sanders becoming the Democratic nominee remain very slim, yet Sanders has vowed to remain in the race until the last ballot is cast. As discord grows among Democrats, the candidates look ahead to the June 7 primaries. Can Sanders convert enough superdelegates to nab the nomination? We’ll hear from one California superdelegate who has been harassed by Sanders supporters for deciding to back Hillary Clinton early in 2015.

Also, Sanders’ proposal of ‘Medicare for All’ to replace Obamacare is being hailed as visionary by some and as politically unrealistic by others. What would it actually cost?

Then, land in the American West is vanishing at an alarming rate, and California is worst off.

Next, rocket scientists are working on a comfortable high heel and 10,000 buyers are already on the waiting list.

And finally, NBA news with one half of the Sklar Brothers.

 

Photo: Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a Bernie Sanders for President campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa. (Phil Roeder/Flickr)

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

Does Bernie Sanders Have a Chance at the Nomination? 11 MIN, 4 SEC

Even after a decisive victory in Oregon’s presidential primary Tuesday, the odds of Bernie Sanders becoming the Democratic nominee remain very slim. Yet, Sanders has vowed to remain in the race until the last ballot is cast. As discord grows among Democrats, the candidates look ahead to the June 7 primaries. What are Sanders’ chances of winning? Can he convert enough superdelegates to nab the nomination? We’ll hear from one California superdelegate who has been harassed by Sanders supporters for deciding to back Hillary Clinton early in 2015.

Guests:
Margaret Talev, Bloomberg News (@margarettalev)
John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle (@jfwildermuth)
Shawn Bagley, Democratic National Committee

More:
Read Talev's article "Clinton, Democrats Confronting Dangerous Divisions Within Party"
Read Wildermuth's article "State’s Democratic superdelegates feel heat from Sanders backers"

What Would Sanders’ Single-Payer Healthcare Plan Cost? 7 MIN, 23 SEC

Bernie Sanders’ proposal of ‘Medicare for All’ to replace Obamacare is being hailed as visionary by some and as politically unrealistic by others. As it is for all single-payer systems, the biggest argument against it is that it would cost too much. Sanders says it would cost more than a trillion dollars a year, but some analysts say it’s more like double that amount. As Sanders says, if Europe can do it, why can’t we?

Guests:
Margot Sanger-Katz, New York Times (@sangerkatz)

More:
Read Sanger-Katz's article "A Single-Payer Plan From Bernie Sanders Would Probably Still Be Expensive"

Land in the American West is Vanishing at an Alarming Rate 7 MIN, 48 SEC

The natural landscape of the American West is vanishing at an alarming rate, and California has lost the most of all the Western states according to a new study from Conservation Science Partners. Urban sprawl is the major culprit in California. Oil and coal development, agriculture, and road infrastructure have also chipped away at natural areas in the West.

Guests:
Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News (@PaulRogersSJMN)

More:
Read Roger's article "America's vanishing West: California losing most land to development"

Rocket Science and the High Demand for a Comfy High Heel 10 MIN, 35 SEC
Shoe making may not be rocket science, but crafting a ‘stiletto that feels like a wedge’ is. That’s the goal of Thesis Couture, a high-end shoe company, whose design team includes a rocket scientist and a former astronaut. Their first line of heels will be available to the public in the Fall; and the sticker price? Nearly $1,000 a pair. Even with that high retail price, 10,000 people have signed up on a waiting list to buy a pair. Why is there such a clamor to pay for a heel that feels like a wedge? And why are heels still so popular?

Guests:
Megan Garber, The Atlantic (@megangarber)

More:
Read Garber's article on Thesis Couture's new heel design

NBA News: The Playoffs, Draft Picks, and Selling Jersey Ads 9 MIN, 37 SEC

The Lakers landed the second pick in the NBA draft Tuesday; the Philadelphia 76ers will have the first pick. The 76ers, the worst team in the NBA, also now have the distinction of being the first big American pro team to sell the rights to put a logo on its team jersey. We’ll talk about that and NBA playoff news with one half of the Sklar Brothers.

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

More:
Read Sklar's article on this season's NBA draft lottery

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