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Austin Beutner, CEO and Publisher of the Los Angeles Times, is out of a job. “I am not departing by choice, nor is this some ‘mutual agreement,’” he said on Facebook. Tim Ryan, the publisher of the Baltimore Sun, will take over.

Then, a comedian who sometimes performs in blackface could become the next president of Guatemala. Jimmy Morales received the largest share of the vote yesterday, and a runoff is scheduled for October. This comes as the country is mired in a corruption scandal—the president resigned last week.

And Serena Williams is chasing her first Grand Slam: winning all four major tennis tournaments in the same year. Her latest obstacle? Her older sister, Venus Williams. The two women have played each other since they were little girls growing up in Compton, where their father and coach fought off gang members just to use the courts.

Next, Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers represented a rolodex of the biggest stars of the 1970s, and every studio head took her call.

Finally, what comes to mind when you think, quintessential L.A. food: Kale smoothies? Egg-white omelettes? How about the cheeseburger? Yes, the meaty, greasy cheeseburger is said to have been invented in Pasadena nearly 90 years ago. But there’s been some fighting lately over who really was first to put cheese on a beef patty.

Banner Image: The Los Angeles Times building in downtown Los Angeles; Credit: The Angels 2010

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

LA Times CEO Fired 10 MIN, 41 SEC

Austin Beutner, CEO and Publisher of the Los Angeles Times, is out of a job this morning. He was fired by his bosses at the Tribune Company. “I am not departing by choice, nor is this some ‘mutual agreement,’” he said on Facebook. Tim Ryan, the publisher of the Baltimore Sun, will take over.

Guests:
Kevin Roderick, LA Observed (@laobserved)

A Close Look at Guatemala's Election 6 MIN

A comedian who sometimes performs in blackface could become the next president of Guatemala. Jimmy Morales received the largest share of the vote yesterday, and a runoff is scheduled for October. This comes as the country is mired in a corruption scandal—the president resigned last week.

Guests:
Jeff Abbott, Vice News

How Serena and Venus Williams' Grew Up Playing Tennis in Compton 10 MIN, 40 SEC

Serena Williams is chasing her first Grand Slam: winning all four major tennis tournaments in the same year. Her latest obstacle? Her older sister, Venus Williams. The two women have played each other since they were little girls growing up in Compton, where their father and coach, Richard Williams, fought off gang members just to use the courts.

Guests:
Micah Ali, Compton Unified School District (@mrmicahali)
Jim Caple, ESPN (@jimcaple)

More:
Back in Compton, 'They Love Their Venus and Serena'

'Can I Go Now? The Life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood’s First Superagent' 14 MIN, 10 SEC

Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers represented a rolodex of the biggest stars of the 1970s, and every studio head took her call. But unlike other agents who toiled behind the scenes making deals for their clients, Sue Mengers was famous in her own right.

Guests:
Brian Kellow, author, 'Can I Go Now?'

Can I Go Now?

Brian Kellow

Who Invented the Cheeseburger? 6 MIN

What comes to mind when you think, quintessential L.A. food: Kale smoothies? Egg-white omelettes? How about the cheeseburger? Yes, the meaty, greasy cheeseburger is said to have been invented in Pasadena nearly 90 years ago. But there’s been some fighting lately over who really was first to put cheese on a beef patty.

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

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