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Attorney General Eric Holder announced he’s resigning today. What’s his track record, and who might replace him? Next, world leaders are meeting at the United Nations this week to discuss climate change. One country that’s noticeably absent: Australia. It was once a world leader in cutting emissions; now, it’s one of the worst polluters. What changed? Then we hear from comedian Tig Notaro about the hardest year of her life, and her latest tour. And finally, architect Welton Becket designed some of L.A.’s most iconic buildings. But he also designed an animal hospital in West Hollywood, which is now on the chopping block to make way for a new mixed-use development.

Banner Image: Official portrait of United States Attorney General Eric Holder

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

The Holder Legacy 15 MIN, 45 SEC

Attorney General Eric Holder announced he’s resigning today. His outspokenness about race and civil rights is a big part of his legacy. But he’s also been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats for his role in handling the financial crisis and the war on terror. And he’s been at extreme odds with Congress. We look back at his legacy and the future of the office.

Guests:
David Graham, Atlantic magazine (@GrahamDavidA)
Del Quentin Wilber, Justice Department Correspondent for Bloomberg News. (@DelWilber)

Australia’s Environmental About-Face 6 MIN, 52 SEC

This week, world leaders met at the United Nations to address climate change. Notably absent: the leaders of China, India and Australia. Australia, once a leader in conservation and green energy, now emits more greenhouse gases per capita than any other developed nation. How did the country reverse course so dramatically?

Guests:
Ariel Bogle, Slate (@arielbogle)

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Comedian Tig Notaro 14 MIN, 24 SEC

“Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you?” That’s how comedian Tig Notaro started her set at Largo on August 3rd, 2012. She’d had a rough year: pneumonia, the death of her mother, a breakup and, finally, a breast-cancer diagnosis. But those terrible experiences led to a professional whirlwind that included a best-selling, Grammy-nominated album. We catch up with Notaro as she sets out on her latest comedy tour.

Guests:
Tig Notaro, comedian

The Future and Past of a Dog & Cat Hospital 7 MIN, 54 SEC

Architect Welton Becket designed some of L.A.’s most iconic buildings: The Capitol Records building, the Music Center, the Cinerama Dome. He also designed the Jones Dog and Cat Hospital in West Hollywood. Now, it’s about to be destroyed to make way for a mixed use project called the Melrose Triangle project.

Wurdeman & Becket Dog and Cat Hospital (Exterior)

Wurdeman & Becket Dog and Cat Hospital (waiting room)

Wurdeman & Becket Dog and Cat Hospital (interior)

Guests:
Kate Eggert, co-founder of the Dead History Project
Krisy Gosney, co-founder of the Dead History Project

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