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Civil rights pioneer Julian Bond passed away over the weekend, at the age of 75. He fought for equality and justice throughout his life, and headed the NAACP for over a decade.

Then, three years ago, almost two-thirds of California voters passed Proposition 39, the Clean Energy Jobs Act. The ballot measure would raise hundreds of millions of dollars by closing a corporate tax loophole, and all that new tax money would be used to create thousands of jobs working on green energy projects in California schools. But has the promise been fulfilled?

Then, unless you’ve been living in a garbage can, you probably heard about Big Bird’s big move to pay TV. On our TV roundup, we look at why Sesame Street is joining HBO.

And a look at how much money the Dodgers have ahead of their two-game series against the Oakland A’s up in the Bay Area.

Finally, the 2016 presidential hopefuls hit the Iowa State Fair over the weekend. Along with the usual stump speeches and photo ops, they also chowed down. Indulging in local treats is a way to demonstrate relatability. But it’s also a liability when keeping fit is a priority.

Banner Image: Civil rights activist Julian Bond; Credit: Eduardo Montes-Bradley

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

The NAACP Today 13 MIN, 25 SEC

Civil rights pioneer Julian Bond passed away over the weekend, at the age of 75. He fought for equality and justice throughout his life. He was one of the original leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center, and headed the NAACP—the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People—from 1998 through the aughts. How relevant is the NAACP today when it comes to addressing the issues of the black community?

Guests:
Jody Armour, USC (@NiggaTheory)
Danielle Belton, The Root (@blacksnob)

Clean Energy Jobs Act: Where Are the Jobs? 6 MIN, 12 SEC

Three years ago, almost two-thirds of California voters passed Proposition 39, the Clean Energy Jobs Act. The ballot measure would raise hundreds of millions of dollars by closing a corporate tax loophole, and all that new tax money would be used to create thousands of jobs working on green energy projects in California schools. But has the promise been fulfilled?

Guests:
Julia Horowitz, Associated Press (@juliakhorowitz)

More:
Clean Energy Jobs Act: Where Are the Jobs?

TV Roundup: 'Sesame Street' on HBO, Fresh Prince Reboot and More 9 MIN, 7 SEC

Unless you’ve been living in a garbage can, you probably heard about Big Bird’s big move to pay TV. That’s right, Sesame Street is joining the network of Cersei Lannister, Tony Soprano and "Nucky" Thompson. TV’s a strange place anyway -- on and off-the-small-screen -- and we talk about a possible Fresh Prince reboot and insane plot twists on the underground hit Mr. Robot.

Guests:
Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)

Dodgers: Winning the Money Game 8 MIN, 19 SEC

The Dodgers kick off a two-game series against the Oakland A’s up in the Bay Area tomorrow. And entering into this series, the Dodgers are leading the National League Western Division…which they also lead last year. Not that it mattered: the Dodgers were bounced by the Cardinals in the postseason. But with the biggest payroll in the major leagues, an ownership group that paid $2 billion for the team a few years ago, and an $8 billion deal with Time-Warner Cable, the Dodgers do win the money game.

Guests:
Molly Knight, ESPN the Magazine (@molly_knight)

Diets on the Presidential Campaign Trail 7 MIN, 26 SEC

The 2016 presidential hopefuls hit the Iowa State Fair over the weekend. Along with the usual stump speeches and photo ops, they also chowed down—sort of. Donald Trump took one bite of a pork chop-on-a-stick Saturday. Jeb Bush only finished half of his deep-fried Snickers bar. It might sound silly, but the food that candidates eat on the campaign trail is more politically charged than ever. Indulging in local treats is a way to demonstrate relatability. But it’s also a liability when keeping fit is a priority.

Guests:
Marin Cogan, New York Magazine (@marincogan)

More:
The Politics of Presidential Dieting

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