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Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is calling for new gun control measures, including stricter background checks and a law allowing victims to sue gun manufacturers. But is Clinton speaking for most Americans? Have mass shootings like the one in Oregon changed public opinion?

And with around five million members and $250 million a year in revenue, the NRA is perhaps the most effective lobbying organization in the country. What explains its wide-ranging power?

Then, American Apparel has filed for bankruptcy. It’s not alone. Youth-focused chains like Wet Seal and Delia’s entered bankruptcy last year, and staples like Aeropostale and Abercrombie & Fitch are also struggling. So where are young people spending their money?

Next, the Supreme Court is back in action and California figures in several significant cases that will come up before the Court. A group of teachers is suing the California Teachers Association arguing that they shouldn’t have to pay union fees if they don’t join the union. And there’s a case against DirecTV involving their legal contracts.

Finally, it was a season premiere showdown on premium cable last night. HBO’s The Leftovers was back for season two, and Showtime had premiers of both The Affair and Homeland.

Banner Image: NRA Convention; Credit: Bob Price

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

Changing Public Opinion on Guns 5 MIN, 56 SEC

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is calling for new gun control measures, including stricter background checks and a law allowing victims to sue gun manufacturers. But is Clinton speaking for most Americans? Have mass shootings like the one in Oregon changed public opinion?

Guests:
Jennifer Agiesta, CNN (@jennagiesta)

More:
A public opinion trend that matters: Priorities for gun policy
Washington Post: Why the gun debate won’t change after the Oregon shooting

The NRA Explained 11 MIN, 59 SEC

With around five million members and $250 million a year in revenue, the NRA is perhaps the most effective lobbying organization in the country. What explains its wide-ranging power?

Guests:
Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone magazine (@7im)

More:
Rolling Stone: The NRA vs. America

Where Are Young People Shopping? 6 MIN, 11 SEC

American Apparel filed for bankruptcy this morning. Among other problems, the Los Angeles-based clothing company hasn’t turned a profit since 2010. But CEO antics notwithstanding, American Apparel isn’t alone. Youth-focused chains like Wet Seal and Delia’s entered bankruptcy last year, and staples like Aeropostale and Abercrombie & Fitch are also struggling. So where are young people spending their money instead?

Guests:
Candace Corlett, President, WSL Strategic Retail

More:
Bloomberg: Young Consumers Pinch Their Pennies

Supreme Court Is Back in Session 11 MIN, 42 SEC

The Supreme Court is back in action hearing arguments today, and California figures in a couple of significant cases that will come up before the court. A group of teachers is suing the California Teachers Association arguing that they shouldn’t have to pay union fees if they don’t join the union. And there’s a case against DirecTV involving those online legal contracts we all agree to without reading them.

Guests:
Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News (@GregStohr)
Adam Winkler, University of California, Los Angeles (@adamwinkler)

TV Roundup: 'The Leftovers,' 'The Affair,' 'Homeland' 8 MIN, 54 SEC

It was a season premiere showdown on premium cable last night. HBO’s The Leftovers was back for season two, and Showtime had premiers of both The Affair and Homeland. Meanwhile, there’s a deal in the works to develop a TV version of the podcast Serial.

Guests:
Liz Shannon Miller, Indiewire (@lizlet)
Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)

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