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“Rigged,” “Unfair,” and “Corrupt” are some of the words being used to describe America’s presidential nominating process this election. Does the confusing patchwork of party and delegation allocation rules make the system undemocratic?

Also, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti plans to put body cams on all 7,000 of LA’s cops. Will Angelenos ever see the footage?

Next, TMZ broke the story of Prince’s death Thursday. How do they scoop other news outlets?

After that, a new documentary about David Hockney explores how Northern England and Southern California inform his work and his outlook. We’ll speak with the director.

And finally, we’ll prepare you for a happily-ever-after weekend at the movies in our weekly film segment.

Caption: Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

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

Are the Presidential Primaries Rigged? 9 MIN, 4 SEC

This presidential election, spectators of all political persuasions are complaining about the nominating process. Donald Trump is particularly unhappy, calling the Republican system “rigged.” Bernie Sanders has also criticized the voting process. Their supporters are outraged.

Is it justified? Is the nominating process undemocratic? And, if so, how did we get here?

Guests:
David Hopkins, Boston College (@DaveAHopkins)
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com (@andohehir)

More:
Hopkins' Blog: "Don't Like the Presidential Nomination Process? Save Some Blame For the States!"
O’Hehir’s article: "Two despised frontrunners, two dying parties and a deeply broken system: How did we get here?"

When All of LAPD Get Body Cams, Will There Be More Transparency? 8 MIN, 6 SEC

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s $58 million plan to put body cameras on every police officer by July has fallen apart. Now, the LAPD’s 7,000 cops won’t be outfitted with the cameras until next year at the earliest. Even now, when police shootings occur in California, it’s extremely difficult to get even basic information about what happened. If the police do get the cameras, will anyone ever see the footage?

Guests:
Gene Maddaus, Variety (@GeneMaddaus)

More:
Gene's Article: "Should Misbehaving Cops Be Shielded From Public Scrutiny?"

TMZ Scoops Everyone. How Do They Do It? 7 MIN, 53 SEC

When TMZ first reported on Prince’s death Thursday, the world’s trusted media sources were reporting only that police were investigating a death at his Paisley Park estate. Nearly 20 minutes after TMZ announced the tragic news, the Associated Press published its account, and other media outlets followed. TMZ was also first to report the story of actor Heath Ledger’s death in 2008 and Michael Jackson’s in 2009. In fact, since its debut in 2005, the celebrity news outlet has been the first to break many stories. How does TMZ do it?

Guests:
Nicholas Schmidle, New Yorker magazine (@nickschmidle)

More:
Schmidle's article: "The Digital Dirt"

English-born, LA-inspired “Hockney” 12 MIN, 56 SEC

The artist David Hockney grew up in the rainy, industrial city of Bradford in northern England. But his most well known work is filled with Southern California light and color – a painting of a pool in the Hollywood Hills or a photo montage of the Pearblossom Highway. A new documentary about the artist explores how those two places inform his work and his outlook, and how he’s still going strong at 78. We’ll speak with the director of “Hockney”, Randall Wright.

Guests:
Randall Wright, Director

Have a Happily-Ever-After Weekend at the Movies 10 MIN, 43 SEC

Two fairytale movies premiere this weekend. But if you’re looking for something more gritty, how about a back-woods horror flick starring Patrick Stewart? We’ll discuss that and give a nod to “Purple Rain” in this week’s film segment.  

Guests:
Jen Yamato, The Daily Beast (@jenyamato)
Grae Drake, Rotten Tomatoes (@graedrake)

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