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The racist rant allegedly spewed by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has created a firestorm around the team. What should fans, players, and the NBA do? In our weekly TV roundup: Daily Show alum John Oliver debuts his new news satire show Last Week Tonight on HBO. And Microsoft announces that its Xbox brand is going to join Netflix and Amazon in the TV production business. Toyota is pulling up stakes from the South Bay, along with possibly 5,000 jobs, and moving to Texas. The President nears the end of his trip to Asia: is the pivot finally happening? And finally, author Mona Simpson joins Madeleine Brand in KCRW’s studios to talk about her latest novel, Casebook, set right here in Santa Monica.

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Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Donald Sterling 15 MIN, 32 SEC

Audio from a secretly recorded racist rant has created a firestorm around Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the alleged voice heard on the recording. We take a deeper look at Sterling, as well as reaction from fans, coach Doc Rivers, the NBA players’ union, and the NBA itself, which is investigating the tape and will announce its findings tomorrow. What’s going to happen to a long-suffering Clippers team that’s finally making good?

Guests:
Billy Witz, sports writer (@billywitz)
Arash Markazi, ESPN (@ArashMarkazi)

TV Roundup 8 MIN, 13 SEC

In our weekly TV roundup: Last night Daily Show alum John Oliver debuted his new news satire show Last Week Tonight on HBO. We get some critical reaction. Also, Xbox says it’s joining other big tech players, like Netflix and Amazon, in the TV production business. Microsoft's newly formed Xbox Entertainment Studios is announcing today the first original series for the Xbox.

Guests:
Michael Schneider, TV Guide magazine (@Franklinavenue)

Toyota Leaving Torrance for Texas 7 MIN, 12 SEC

Toyota announced today that it will move its North American headquarters from Torrance to the Dallas area. Toyota, Honda and Nissan (formerly Datsun) arrived in Southern California in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. They all eventually established their U.S. headquarters in the South Bay. Now, they’ve all moved or are in the process of moving. Toyota is likely to take as many as five thousand jobs to Texas. What will this mean for the South Bay, which was home to a large population of Japanese and Japanese-Americans long before Japan’s “big three” located there?

Guests:
Lane Hirabayashi, UCLA

Obama's "Asia Pivot" 7 MIN, 39 SEC

In 2011, the Obama administration announced a “pivot” for U.S. foreign policy priorities towards Asia. But with the Middle East and Russia still hot-spots, the pivot hasn’t quite gained its footing. The President returns tomorrow from a trip to South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, and the Philippines... but he skipped China. Is the pivot finally happening?

Guests:
Mark Perry, author, 'The Most Dangerous Man in America' (@markperrydc)

Author Mona Simpson 8 MIN, 33 SEC

Author Mona Simpson joins Madeleine Brand in KCRW’s studios to talk about her latest novel, Casebook, set right here in Santa Monica.

Guests:
Mona Simpson, novelist (@_MonaSimpson)

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