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Today on Press Play, California voted yesterday to protect the grey wolf as an endangered species. How will that play into ongoing debates between environmentalists and landowners? Then, we’ll check in on the ongoing investigation by the FBI into the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Next, we’ll take a look at a theater festival kicking off in Hollywood next week. How does the Hollywood Fringe Festival stack up against other theater festivals? Then, California Chrome’s local roots and a look at the state of horse racing in America. Finally, we’ll hear from a writer on why she thinks the sharing economy is masking bigger problems in our job market.

Banner Image: Field of the 2014 Preakness Stakes as they first pass the stands. Pablo Del Monte is in front, Winner California Chrome is horse number 3; Credit: Jay Baker

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

Grey Wolves Endangered 7 MIN, 56 SEC

California has voted to give endangered species protection to the grey wolf, despite the fact that no grey wolves currently live in the state. So what’s the future look like for the grey wolf in California? And how does this action fit in to the ongoing debate between environmentalists and landowners?

Guests:
Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times (@julie_cart)

Jail Trial Update 8 MIN, 42 SEC

The trial of sheriff’s deputies accused of abusing inmates in LA County jails continues this week with testimony from a former sheriff’s deputy. Six deputies are on trial for obstruction of justice - a charge that’s emerged from an investigation into the department by the FBI. Are more charges on the way? And how far up the food chain does the investigation go?

Guests:
Celeste Fremon, WitnessLA.com (@witnessla)

Fringe Festival Primer 8 MIN, 2 SEC

The Hollywood Fringe Festival starts next week. It’s modeled after the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, but does it stack up? KCRW’s theater critic, Anthony Byrnes, has a preview of the festivities.

Guests:
Anthony Byrnes, host of 'Opening the Curtain' (@theaterthoughts)

Horse Racing in Southern California 13 MIN, 11 SEC

California Chrome runs in the Belmont Stakes this Saturday. He’s favored to become the 12th horse in history - and the first since 1978 - to hold horse racing’s Triple Crown. Matt Holzman has the story of what California Chrome means to Los Alamitos Race Course, the little track where Chrome trains. And then we’ll hear about the state of the racing business. Is horse racing still the draw it once was?

Guests:
Matt Holzman, Producer, 'Press Play' and 'First Take' (@KCRW_Matt)
Matthew Hegarty, Daily Racing Form (@DRFHegarty)

Sharing Poverty 7 MIN, 22 SEC

The sharing economy keeps growing: AirBnB, Lyft… But is it just a way to hide the fact that our jobs just aren’t covering our basic needs? One writer makes the case against the sharing economy by calling it disaster capitalism.

Guests:
Susie Cagle, journalist and illustrator (@susie_c)

More:
The Case Against Sharing

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