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This morning the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that challenges the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage. It’s a follow-up to the so-called Hobby Lobby case of 2014.

Then, we look at how  American elections stack up to other countries when it comes to being open, fair and accessible.

In Hollywood, the L.A. City Council has approved a development project that’s been at the heart of a big fight over density. How will that change the neighborhood and the city?

A new memoir called Liar chronicles the author’s struggles with mental illness, addiction and hard living.

And finally, a look at how restaurants are designing their dining rooms with Instagram in mind.

Banner Image: A nun with Little Sisters of the Poor walks after Zubik v. Burwell, an appeal brought by Christian groups demanding full exemption from the requirement to provide insurance covering contraception under the Affordable Care Act, was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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

Contraception Coverage Before the Supreme Court… Again 8 MIN, 59 SEC

The Little Sisters of the Poor are one of the plaintiffs in a case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court this morning. The nuns claim that the Affordable Care Act violates religious freedom by requiring employers to provide contraception coverage. Two years ago, the Supreme Court allowed companies with religious objections to opt out of paying for birth control. But in the lawsuit before the Supreme Court today, a group of religious nonprofits claims the process of opting out is too burdensome.  

Guests:
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate

More:
Zubik v. Burwell- The latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate could have wide-ranging impacts.

Are US Elections Fair, Open and Accessible? 7 MIN, 36 SEC

Some Arizona voters waited up to five hours yesterday to cast ballots in their state’s primary. Long wait times have been reported in other primaries and caucuses too. There have been reports of rundown voting machines, confusion over voter registries, and let us never forget the hanging chad debacle in Florida in the 2000 presidential election. Yet, Americans hold dear the notion that the U.S. leads the way when it comes to fair, open and accessible elections. How do we really stack up against other democracies?

Guests:
Ari Berman, Nation magazine (@AriBerman)

L.A. OKs Controversial Hollywood Development 8 MIN, 15 SEC

The L.A. City Council has approved the much fought-over Palladium development project in Hollywood to move forward. The two mixed-use towers could rise as tall as 30 stories over Sunset Boulevard behind the Hollywood Palladium. The project has been at the heart of a big fight over density in L.A. What happens now that it has the go-ahead from the council?

Guests:
David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times (@DavidZahniser)

More:
L.A. City Council OKs 2 controversial high-rises in Hollywood

'Liar' 15 MIN, 21 SEC

Rob Roberge has faced his share of demons in his life. He suffers from bipolar disorder. He’s a recovering alcoholic and junkie, and he’s had more concussions than he can count. All of this makes him worry about what will happen to his brain and his memory. Now he’s written it all down in a new memoir.

Guests:
Rob Roberge, writer, author

Liar

Rob Roberge

Restaurants for the Instagram Diner 6 MIN, 40 SEC

There are some 300 million photos of food on Instagram. Maybe that’s not so surprising, given that at just about any restaurant you visit, you’re bound to see someone snapping photos of a meal. Now some restaurants are considering Instagram when they design their dining rooms. Is it also affecting the menus?

Guests:
Katherine Spiers, How It Got In Your Mouth (@katherinespiers)

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