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The LAPD misclassified more than a thousand violent crimes as minor offenses, according to an LA Times investigation. Is the LAPD deliberately manipulating the crime stats? The LA Times has hired former L.A. deputy mayor Austin Beutner as CEO and publisher. In our weekly TV roundup: Shark Week, “The Knick,” and “Outlander.” Last year, only 15 of the 250 top-grossing movies were directed by women. What’s the deal? And, political storms are battering Hawaii.

Banner Image: Official Seal of the Los Angeles Police Department

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

LAPD Misclassifying Violent Crimes 8 MIN, 51 SEC

In one year, the Los Angeles Police Department misclassified more than a thousand violent crimes -- like beatings, stabbings and robberies -- as minor offenses. That’s according to a new Los Angeles Times investigation. The paper found that the department rarely misclassified in the opposite direction -- in other words, from minor to serious. That suggests the misclassification was done to paint a picture of a city that is safer than it really is.

Guests:
Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times (@joelrubin)

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LAPD MISCLASSIFIED NEARLY 1,200 VIOLENT CRIMES AS MINOR OFFENSES

LA Times Gets a New Publisher & CEO 7 MIN, 28 SEC

The LA Times announced a new CEO & Publisher to help turn the paper’s fortunes around. It’s Austin Beutner, the former investment banker and L.A. deputy mayor, who previously tried to buy the paper with Eli Broad. He’s now an employee -- albeit at the top of the masthead.

Guests:
Gabriel Kahn, University of Southern California (@gabekahn)

More:
Former Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner Named Publisher, CEO of LA Times

TV Roundup 9 MIN, 47 SEC

In our weekly TV roundup: Shark Week begins; Steven Soderbergh's first television series, “The Knick,” a Cinemax production starring Clive Owen, launched this weekend; as did “Outlander” on Starz.

Guests:
Michael Schneider, TV Guide magazine (@Franklinavenue)
Sarah Mesle, Los Angeles Review of Books (@sunsetandecho)

Where are the Women Directors in Hollywood? 15 MIN, 55 SEC

Last year, of the 250 top-grossing films at the domestic box office, only about 15 were directed by women. And only one woman has ever won an Oscar for Best Director. What’s the deal?

Guests:
Cathy Schulman, Academy Award-winning producer and president of Mandalay Pictures and the president of Women in Film

Unprecedented Politics in Hawaii 6 MIN, 54 SEC

Hawaii’s been battered by a number of storms lately. A couple of them were meteorological, but the others were political. The state’s governor - a 40-year political veteran - was trounced by a relative unknown in the democratic primary. And the candidate he picked to replace Daniel Inouye in the U.S. Senate, apparently over the dying wishes of the Hawaii political legend, is struggling to keep his seat.

Guests:
Colin Moore, Professor of political science at the University of Hawaii (@colindmoore)

More:
Hawaiian Governor Loses Primary by Wide Margin; Senate Race Is Undecided

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