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The Los Angeles Unified School District has a new superintendent today, Michelle King. What do we know about her?

Then, continuing this week’s series on Obama’s unfinished business, a look at his health care legacy.

Turning to Hollywood news, we get the lowdown on the sale of Legendary Pictures.

Next, a new book about a family literally at war with each other during World War II.

And finally, in our regular car roundup, the Detroit Auto Show and more.

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

LAUSD Has a New Superintendent 9 MIN, 12 SEC

L.A.’s schools have a new leader today. Michelle King has been named superintendent of the L.A. Unified School District. A consummate insider, she’s worked for the LAUSD for more than 30 years, first as a teacher and a principal, then as deputy superintendent. And as a child she attended public school here in L.A. Now King’s the first black woman ever to run the city’s school system. Who is she and what are her ideas about education?

Guests:
Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times (@howardblume )

Obama's Unfinished Business: Health Care 6 MIN, 59 SEC

This week on Press Play, we’re taking look at the president’s unfinished business. Today, we tackle the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. The bill was signed into law five years ago. But Republicans have worked tirelessly to repeal, dismantle or defund it. Repealing it was new House Speaker Paul Ryan’s first agenda item. Will Obamacare remain intact after its namesake leaves office? How might the law evolve in the coming years?

Guests:
Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News (@KHNews)

Legendary Pictures Bought by Chinese 7 MIN, 17 SEC

Jurassic World was one the biggest films to hit the box office last year. But today, the biggest news in Hollywood is that a Chinese conglomerate has bought Legendary Pictures, the company that made the film. Legendary’s also produced global tentpoles such as Godzilla, Inception, and Pacific Rim. Chinese companies have been making big bets in Hollywood for a couple of years, but this is the first time one has bought a studio that produces really big-budget movies. Why now?

Guests:
Kim Masters, host, 'The Business' (@kimmasters)

'Midnight in Broad Daylight' 14 MIN, 45 SEC

Harry was a typical American kid growing up in Washington state in the 1920s. He was brash and rebellious, sure of his own immortality, into sports and girls and doing the opposite of what his parents wanted him to do. Harry Fukuhara was also Japanese, and as he grew his two cultures - American and Japanese - were sometimes at odds, and then literally at war during World War II. Harry would be ripped from his life in Los Angeles and imprisoned in an internment camp by American authorities. He would be recruited as an intelligence analyst by the Army while he was interned. And he would fight for the Americans against the Japanese army, ever fearful that his three brothers would meet him on the opposite side of the battle field. A new book tells his story.

Guests:
Pamela Rotner Sakamoto, historian and author

Midnight in Broad Daylight

Pamela Rotner Sakamoto

Cars: Detroit Auto Show and More 7 MIN, 21 SEC

Last year was a record one for car sales: 17.5 million sold in the U.S. in 2015. But for everyone interested in what the automobile’s future looks like, the Detroit Auto show is happening this week. It’s the biggest car show in the country. Press Play’s regular car expert gives us the scoop on the latest in automotive news.

Guests:
Aaron Robinson, Car and Driver magazine

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