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It’s hot in Southern California! And cities trap the heat in what are called “urban heat islands,” making things even worse. We talk about some of the solutions to cool cities down. Plus, L.A. has a ban on construction on major roads during rush-hour, but it’s costing the city big bucks. On our weekly TV round-up: Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update is getting a new host. Also: Senior citizens all over the U.S. and Canada are getting duped by a massive Montreal-based phone scam. And McDonald's is trying to trademark “McBrunch.” We talk about what might be on that menu, and the history of brunch culture.

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

Heat Wave! 6 MIN, 42 SEC

The Southern California heat isn’t just unpleasant, it’s dangerous. In the United States, extreme heat now kills more people each year than tornadoes, hurricanes, or flooding. And thanks to global warming, it could get worse. But there are some fairly simple solutions that could cool cities down and slow the increase of heat-related deaths.

Guests:
Kurt Shickman, Global Cool Cities Alliance (@GlobalCoolCity)

More:
Vox: Heat waves are America's deadliest weather disaster. They don't have to be.

Rush Hour Construction 8 MIN, 51 SEC

Los Angeles has tried to reduce traffic congestion by banning construction on major roads during rush-hour. But in today’s L.A. Times, Jim Newton writes that that ban is costing the city millions of dollars a year. We talk about why that is, and whether L.A. still has traditional “rush hours” anymore.

Guests:
Marty Adams, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Martin Wachs, RAND Corporation / University of California (@RANDCorporation)

Fake News Shakeup 9 MIN, 24 SEC

Saturday Night Live fans will see a new face behind the "Weekend Update" desk next season, and for the first time in the show’s long history, it won’t be a white face. NBC announced that comedian Michael Che will replace Cecily Strong as co-anchor of the fake newscasts. We discuss the switch, and we talk about some of the best new shows wrapping up their first Summer seasons.

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Comedian Michael Che, who will co-anchor “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live next season, in one of his appearances on The Daily Show.

Guests:
Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)
Andy Greenwald, Grantland (@andygreenwald)

The Grandparent Scam 12 MIN, 32 SEC

Senior citizens all over the U.S. and Canada are getting duped by a massive Montreal-based phone scam in which the callers pretend to be distressed grandchildren. And some rather intelligent people are falling for it.

Guests:
Richard Muller, University of California, Berkeley
Shirley Streshinsky, journalist and author

More:
The Grandparent Scam

Let’s Do Brunch 7 MIN, 25 SEC

McDonald's is catching on to something Angelenos are well aware of: People like brunch. A lot. The fast food giant is trying to trademark the term “McBrunch,” leaving us to speculate just what might appear on that menu. We look at McBrunch and the brunch culture.

Guests:
Farha Ternikar, author, 'Brunch: A History' (@FarBano)

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