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President Obama’s plan to forbid organizations that receive tax dollars from discriminating against gays and lesbians is getting the thumbs down from some of his religious allies. We talk about that, and we get a historical look at when corporations are treated as people in US courtrooms. We also discuss research that says Botox injections can have actual impact on your mental health. And what will American Apparel look like post-Dov Charney?

Banner Image Credit: Shannon Kringen

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

Religion, Business and Equal Opportunities 7 MIN, 22 SEC

President Obama’s plan to forbid organizations that receive tax dollars from discriminating against gays and lesbians is getting the thumbs down from some of his religious allies, and now six major gay rights groups are withdrawing support from the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. That’s a bill stuck in Congress that would ban companies from discriminating against gay or lesbian employees. That bill has a religious exemption clause.

Guests:
Kate Kendell, National Center for Lesbian Rights (@KateKendell)

A History of Corporate Personhood 10 MIN, 12 SEC

They can’t breathe. They don’t have heartbeats. But are corporations people? Last week’s Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case has reignited the debate over the notion of whether corporations have the same rights as us humans. We take a historical look at corporate personhood in America.

Guests:
Stephen Bainbridge, UCLA (@ProfBainbridge)

Child Immigrant Lawsuit 8 MIN, 44 SEC
Immigration rights groups are suing the federal government to provide legal representation to children who cross the border illegally.

Guests:
Kristen Jackson, Public Counsel

Botox and Emotion 12 MIN, 49 SEC

Botox: The telltale frozen foreheads and cheeks are ubiquitous symbols of vanity and status here in L.A. But recently, researchers have looked at other, non-cosmetic uses for Botox. One study published this year bolstered a theory that the injections may help relieve depression. The idea is that when our faces are less able to express negativity, our feelings follow along.

Guests:
Taffy Brodesser-Akner, journalist (@taffyakner)
Lisa Barrett, Northeastern University

A New American Apparel? 6 MIN, 2 SEC

It looks like LA hipster clothing company American Apparel and its sexy billboards are going to be around for awhile... even if controversial founder and CEO Dov Charney may not be. Today, it appears the financially troubled company has reached a $25 million financing deal that should give it some breathing room to get its house in order.

Guests:
Suzanne Kapner, Wall Street Journal (@SuzanneKapner)

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American Apparel in Talks to Raise New Financing

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