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After the first GOP presidential debate the main question seems to be: What is happening in the Republican Party? One thing is clear—the debate was a ratings bonanza. According to Nielsen the debate reached the most viewers for any primary debate ever. Then, starting this fall, applications for UC schools will offer aspiring students six gender options to choose from. What does this say about transgender acceptance? And it’s Friday so it must be time to talk about movies! Dr. Dre released a much anticipated album last night on iTunes. Compton is his first album in nearly 16 years and is a companion album to the Straight Outta Compton movie that comes out next week. The movie tells the story of Dre’s group N.W.A., and how their seminal album made rap history. We speak with KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad about Straight Outta Compton and how the album spoke to him.

Banner Image: Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and John Kasich pose at the start of the debate in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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

Republican Debate Roundup 12 MIN, 44 SEC

The first Republican Presidential debate raised more questions than it answered. Did he really say that? What did he mean? Do those two hate each other as much as it seems? And the main question: What is happening in the Republican Party? One thing is clear - the debate was a ratings bonanza. According to Nielsen, 24 million people tuned in, making it the most watched primary debate ever.

Guests:
Jill Filipovic, Cosmopolitan magazine (@jillfilipovic)
Ruben Navarrette, Jr., political columnist (@RubenNavarrette)

Transgender Checkboxes at UC Schools 6 MIN, 43 SEC

We seem to be in the middle of a big moment for transgender acceptance. From Caitlyn Jenner to 'Transparent,' more trans men and women are in the public eye. Starting this fall, applications for UC schools will offer aspiring students six gender options to choose from: Male, female, trans male, trans female, gender queer-slash-gender non-conforming and 'different.'

Guests:
Nancy Jean Tubbs, Director of the LGBT Resource Center at UC Riverside.

Film Roundup: Fantastic Four, Diary of a Teenage Girl, Ricki and the Flash 13 MIN, 49 SEC

A promiscuous girl, a gift you don’t want, an aging rock musician and a man actually made from rock are all part of this weekend’s releases.  

Guests:
James Rocchi, The Lunch (@jamesrochhi)
Tim Grierson, Film Critic (@TimGrierson)

Looking Back at Straight Outta Compton 12 MIN, 29 SEC

Dr. Dre released a much anticipated album last night on iTunes...his first in nearly 16 years. It’s called Compton, and it’s a companion album to the “Straight Outta Compton” movie that comes out next week. The movie tells the story of Dre’s group N.W.A., and how their seminal album made rap history. We speak with KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad about Straight Outta Compton and how the album spoke to him when it came out.

Guests:
Garth Trinidad, Host of 'Garth Trinidad' (@garthtrinidad)

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