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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced that he’s abandoning the race for Speaker of the House. John Boehner is expected to step down at the end of the month, but McCarthy was unable to unite the party behind his candidacy. And Gov. Jerry Brown has signed California’s Fair Pay Act into law. It aims to reduce the gender gap in wages across the state. That gap has gotten special attention in Hollywood recently, where female stars typically earn 77 percent of the pay of their male co-stars. Then, we hear the story of one person who helped hackers deface a headline on the L.A. Times website and was convicted in federal court—he could face up to 25 years in prison. Finally, a look at how L.A. and San Francisco measure up when it comes to per capita income.  

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Kevin McCarthy Drops Bid for Speaker of the House 8 MIN, 34 SEC

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is abandoning the race for Speaker of the House. John Boehner is expected to step down at the end of the month, but Rep. McCarthy was unable to unite the party behind his candidacy.

Guests:
Kevin Robillard, Political reporter at Politico (@PoliticoKevin)

Fair Pay Act and Hollywood 8 MIN, 12 SEC

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed California’s Fair Pay Act into law. It aims to reduce the gender gap in wages across the state. That gap has gotten special attention in Hollywood recently, where female stars typically earn 77 percent of the pay of their male co-stars.

Guests:
Kim Masters, host, 'The Business' (@kimmasters)
Todd Scherwin, labor lawyer in Los Angeles

Web Roundup: New Tech, Hacker News 8 MIN, 59 SEC

It was an interesting week in tech. Some of the biggest tech companies announced new products and features. And one person who helped hackers deface a headline on the L.A. Times website was convicted in federal court—he could face up to 25 years in prison.

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

LA vs. San Francisco 13 MIN, 55 SEC

In 1970, the average salary for a Los Angeles worker was among the highest in the country. L.A. and San Francisco were both ranked in the top five cities for per capita income. But since 1970, L.A. has dropped to number 22, while San Francisco has remained at or near the top.

Guests:
Michael Storper, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs (@michaelstorper)

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