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A new investigation into Donald Trump’s foreign interests found The Trump Organization has business ties that could create unprecedented conflicts of interest should he become president. Then, the Obama Administration has achieved its goal of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees this year, but only 136 have resettled in the LA area. Why so few? Next, since a crash in May involving a Tesla Model S on autopilot left one man dead, Tesla has been working on a software fix to prevent that kind of an accident. Now Tesla says they’ve done it, and if true, it could make self-driving cars a lot safer. And finally, “Snowden” premieres this week and critic Matt Zoller Seitz has put out a coffee-table book on the film’s director, Oliver Stone. “The Oliver Stone Experience” is based on 100 hours of interviews, and it includes parts of Stone’s screenplays, personal photos and correspondence. Zoller Seitz tells Press Play how, after four decades making films, Oliver Stone still wants to “outrage people, wake them up.”

 

Banner Image: Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, Arizona. Credit: Gage Skidmore

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Sarah Sweeney

Could Trump's foreign business ties harm US national security? 11 MIN, 38 SEC

Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s business dealings are in the spotlight. Kurt Eichenwald, a senior writer for Newsweek, has investigated Trump’s foreign interests and found The Trump Organization has business ties to companies across the globe that could create serious and unprecedented conflicts of interest should he become president.

Guests:
Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek (@kurteichenwald)

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HOW THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION'S FOREIGN BUSINESS TIES COULD UPEND U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY

Why has LA resettled only 136 Syrian refugees? 6 MIN, 47 SEC

Millions of Syrians have been displaced since the civil war began there more than five years ago, and what to do with them has been at the top of the list for policymakers. The Obama Administration has achieved its goal of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees this year. They’re living in cities big and small across the country, but only 136 have resettled in the Los Angeles area. Lack of affordable housing is part of the problem.

Guests:
Lilian Alba, International Institute of Los Angeles

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U.S. Reaches Goal of Admitting 10,000 Syrian Refugees. Here’s Where They Went.

Tesla’s 'ingenious' autopilot software update 7 MIN, 33 SEC

Following a fatal crash in May in which a Tesla Model S on autopilot crashed into a truck because it didn’t recognize it as a truck, Tesla has been working on a software fix to prevent that kind of an accident. Now Tesla says they’ve done it, and if true, it could make self-driving cars a lot safer. Slate’s Will Oremus calls the fix “ingenious.”

Guests:
Will Oremus, Slate.com (@WillOremus)

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How Tesla Fixed a Deadly Flaw in Its Autopilot

Oliver Stone still wants to 'outrage people, wake them up' 15 MIN, 10 SEC

The new film “Snowden,” which stars Joseph Gordon Levitt as NSA leaker Edward Snowden, is out Friday. To coincide with the premiere, as well as filmmaker Oliver Stone’s seventieth birthday, TV and film critic Matt Zoller Seitz has put out a 480-page coffee-table book on Oliver Stone. The book is based on 100 hours of interviews, and it includes parts of Stone’s screenplays, storyboards, personal photos and correspondence. The title is “The Oliver Stone Experience,” and Zoller Seitz joins Press Play to talk about how, after four decades making films, Oliver Stone still wants to “outrage people, wake them up.”

Guests:
Matt Zoller Seitz, New York magazine (@mattzollerseitz)

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THE OLIVER STONE EXPERIENCE

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