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The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the most significant abortion case in almost a quarter century. What might the implications be?

Then, after Super Tuesday, Clinton and Trump are emerging as party front-runners. Will their rivals press on or drop out?

We also look at political conflict within Southern California’s Air Quality Management District, whose board will consider this week ousting its top executive.

After that, we discuss the impact of social media on the lives of American girls with journalist Nancy Jo Sales.

And finally, L.A. continues to bolster its reputation as an art capital of the world with two new major art galleries.

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Laura Swisher

The Supreme Court Considers Texas Abortion Access Case 8 MIN, 54 SEC

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in what’s being called the biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century. The case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, concerns requirements recently imposed by state lawmakers on abortion providers in Texas. The law being challenged requires that abortion providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. That could force most abortion clinics in Texas to shut down. Would that place an “undue burden” on women seeking abortion services, and therefore, violate their constitutional rights?

 

Guests:
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate

What’s Next for Candidates After Super Tuesday? 8 MIN, 42 SEC

The results of Super Tuesday are in and it looks like the beginning of the end for many second-tier presidential candidates. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton emerged as clear front-runners, and after last night, it’s going to be hard for any of their rivals to catch up. However, that doesn’t mean they’ll stop trying. Who will press on and who will be next to drop out?

 

Guests:
Todd Purdum, Politico / Vanity Fair

Shakeup at South Coast Air Quality Management District 7 MIN, 27 SEC

Southern California’s air quality has improved enormously over the past few decades, yet it’s still the smoggiest region in the country. Now the agency that regulates our air pollution might be looking to roll back its standards. The board that controls the South Coast AQMD says it wants to be more business-friendly and may oust the district’s top executive, Barry Wallerstein, who’s been a tough watchdog for almost 20 years.  

Guests:
Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times (@tonybarboza)

American Girls and their Obsession with Social Media 14 MIN, 10 SEC

By some estimates, American teenage girls spend anywhere from 9 to 11 hours a day consuming media. They send up to 100 texts a day. What is it that they’re seeing and sending? Vanity Fair reporter Nancy Jo Sales spent two and a half years interviewing teens across the country and wrote about it in her new book American Girls. Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers.

Guests:
Nancy Jo Sales, Author (@nancyjosales)

American Girls

Nancy Jo Sales

L.A.’s Art Scene Expands with Two New Major Galleries 8 MIN, 18 SEC

When the Broad Museum opened in September, it helped solidify L.A.’s reputation as one of the art capitals of the world. Now there are two new galleries to add to the mix: Sprüth-Magers Gallery opened last month across from LACMA with a solo show of new work by John Baldessari and later this month, Swiss gallery owners Hauser and Wirth and former MOCA chief curator Paul Schimmel are slated to open a downtown Arts District spot.

Guests:
Carolina Miranda, Los Angeles Times (@cmonstah)

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