Photo: A performer takes part in an event titled "Science in the Square" which is used to highlight science and in particular, climate change in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S. May 31, 2017. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
FROM THIS EPISODE
In an email from last year, which Donald Trump Jr. released today, he wrote “I love it” to news that Russians had damaging information on Hillary Clinton. We get reaction from Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about whether this is the collusion smoking gun. Schiff is the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
A New York Magazine story envisions a future of broiling and drowned cities if nothing is done on climate change. But some climate scientists say it’s “disaster porn” and counter-productive. We talk about the best way to convince people to take climate change seriously.
There are several explanations for why humans allegedly have a poor sense of smell. As humans began walking upright, smell became less important than sight. It’s been thought that since humans are logical creatures, we don’t need to rely on smell to direct our behavior and that our sight is more powerful than our smell. It turns out that those explanations are wrong.
In January 2006, Christine Pelisek was chatting up a source -- the LA Coroner -- to check on murders over the weekend. He mentioned there had been a large number of body dumping cases in recent years. She eventually got his list of cases, and broke the story of a serial killer in South Central LA. Pelisek chronicles how she got the story.
As LA’s restaurant scene continues to boom, East Coast chefs want in on the game. While some new arrivals embrace the West Coast’s laid back vibe, others don’t. We have a conversation about the new chefs in town, and what an east coast invasion could mean for LA food.
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Veterans against arming teachers Some veterans are coming out against the idea of arming teachers. They say they know from experience what semi-automatic weapons can do. They’ve been writing blog posts and op-eds, and tweeting with #VetsForGunReform. Bob Bateman and Joe Plenzler started the movement. They served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Inside the job of a border patrol agent The hardening of the U.S. border means more migrants taking dangerous paths from Mexico to the U.S., traveling through deserts -- sometimes with little water. We talk with a former border patrol agent about what he saw and why he quit.
LA high school senior fights gun violence After the mass school shooting in Florida, many young people are taking action against guns. We talk about the growing protest movement with an 18-year-old activist in LA. We also look at what other countries have done to prevent shootings, like mandatory training and age restrictions.
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