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Photo of Carmen Puliafito courtesy of the Keck School of Medicine of USC

Will Democrats' new 'Better Deal' gain traction? 7 MIN, 48 SEC

Jared Kushner told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he did not collude with Russia, and he didn’t know anyone on the campaign who did. As the Russia story threatens to dominate another week in Washington, we look at the Democrats’ new legislative agenda called “A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages.”

Guests:
Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post (@edatpost)

More:
Democrats finally have an agenda. Here’s what it looks like.

How President Trump is remaking the federal judiciary 8 MIN, 13 SEC

President Trump is filling federal judge openings faster than previous presidents. Those judges are generally more conservative and younger than usual, meaning they could be around for decades. Also, California’s new and very controversial recall election law has its first legal challenge.

Guests:
Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (@LevinsonJessica)

More:
The one area where Trump has been wildly successful

What does the scandal around former USC med school dean say about ethics? 8 MIN, 45 SEC

The LA Times dropped a bombshell a week ago about the former dean of USC’s Keck School of Medicine. Carmen Puliafito used illegal drugs and regularly consorted with a prostitute. In the week since the Times investigation came out, USC has begun the process of firing Puliafito. He remained on the faculty - and kept seeing patients - after he left his post as dean.

Guests:
Dr. Lydia Dugdale, Yale School of Medicine

ISIS lures in weed-loving surfer from Laguna Beach 14 MIN, 14 SEC

Rez Courdee is second-generation Iranian American, born and raised in wealthy Laguna Beach. He likes to surf and smoke weed. When jihadi terrorism hits a nearby mall, many neighbors and friends start looking at him as a possible enemy. Rez then looks into what means to be Muslim. That’s the setup for Laleh Khadivi’s novel “A Good Country.”

Guests:
Laleh Khadivi, author, "A Good Country" (@LalehKhadivi)

A Good Country

Laleh Khadivi

Is FYF the better Coachella? 6 MIN, 34 SEC

While Frank Ocean sang at FYF on Saturday night, a close-up of Brad Pitt showed up on the giant screen, with him standing at the lip of the stage and looking soulful with a cell phone to his ear. Missy Elliott did her first full live show in almost a decade. The lineup also included Bjork, Nine Inch Nails, and A Tribe Called Quest.

Guests:
Mario Cotto, Host of Mario Cotto (@mariocotto)

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