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Attorney General Eric Holder says gay rights are one of “the defining civil rights challenges of our time,” and he’s encouraging state AGs to avoid defending laws against same-sex marriage. We talk about that, plus the milk industry is trying to rebrand after slumping sales. We get into the niche worlds of online dating and hear from a guy who hacked his way to true love. Plus, after years of stories that have shocked Catholics and non-Catholics alike, there is still much we’ve never heard about, until now. And Piers Morgan is out at CNN. We talk about cable news’ attempts to boost ratings.

Banner Image: Recently married couples leaving the City Hall in Seattle are greeted by well-wishers on the first day of same-sex marriage in Washington state after enactment of Washington Referendum 74; credit: Dennis Bratland

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

Gay Marriage Laws in the Spotlight 8 MIN, 8 SEC

Attorney General Eric Holder has called gay rights one of “the defining civil rights challenges of our time.” This week, Holder said that state Attorneys General are not obligated to defend state laws that discriminate against gays and lesbians. And in Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer has until Friday to decide whether to sign a bill that allows business owners to deny serving gays and lesbians.

Guests:
Douglas NeJaime, University of California, Irvine (@loyolalawblog)

Got Milk? Why Not? 7 MIN, 1 SEC

The milk industry is abandoning it’s famed “Got Milk?” ad campaign. Milk producers are trying to bolster sales after milk consumption has waned. We look at why milk sales are down, and how the industry may try to rebrand.

Guests:
Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News (@AlanBjerga)

Endless Appetites

Alan Bjerga

The Business of Online Dating 9 MIN, 46 SEC

Online dating is a $2 billion-a-year industry. Part of that success has been thanks to the sheer number of websites out there. Besides the big-name sites like Match.com or eHarmony, there are lots of  niche sites for people with specific interests -- such as BronyPassions.com, the matchmaking site for fans of the cartoon “My Little Pony.” Plus, we meet a mathematician who was able to hack his way to true love.

Guests:
Steve Yoder, The Fiscal Times
Chris McKinlay, CSU Northridge

Secrets of the Vatican 14 MIN, 38 SEC

Secrets, scandal, money, power and abuse -- and the Vatican. In a new special airing tonight on PBS’s Frontline, producer Antony Thomas takes a deep dive into the scandals that have rocked the church. After years of stories that have shocked Catholics and non-Catholics alike, there is still much we’ve never heard about, until now.

Guests:
Antony Thomas, Producer, 'Secrets of the Vatican'

Goodbye Piers, Hello Ronan 7 MIN, 47 SEC

The 24-hour cable news channels are struggling, and the networks are trying to figure out how to get their ratings back. CNN just cancelled Piers Morgan’s 3-year old show, and MSNBC offered a slot to the very young Ronan Farrow. Will these changes bring back viewers? We talk about that, plus the Late Night debut of Seth Meyers and a look ahead to the Oscars broadcast.

Guests:
Sandra Gonzalez, Entertainment Weekly (@EWSandraG)

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