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Why does Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom skip so many meetings? 8 MIN, 11 SEC

For the last eight years as lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom sat on the boards of three public agencies, but didn’t attend many of the meetings. They’re meetings held by the UC Board of Regents, the Cal State board of trustees, and the State Lands Commission. This story shines a light on how little California’s second-in-command is expected to do.

Guests:
Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times (@LATSeema)

More:
As lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom has had few duties — and he skipped many of them

LAUSD considers hiring a superintendent with little education experience 9 MIN, 37 SEC

Austin Beutner is a former deputy mayor of LA and former publisher of the LA Times. Now he’s the frontrunner to become the next superintendent of the LA Unified School District. LAUSD has a number of candidates for the job, including some with decades of experience in education. So why Beutner -- who has little professional experience in public education?

Guests:
Jon Regardie, Los Angeles Downtown News (@DowntownNews)

Domestic violence may no longer be a reason to grant asylum 8 MIN, 3 SEC

For foreigners looking to win asylum in the U.S., the prospects are better for women who are also victims of domestic or sexual violence. Some recent immigration court cases have established fear of abuse as a legitimate basis for protection. The Trump administration is looking to change that. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing whether domestic or sexual abuse should ever be recognized as a legal justification for asylum.

Guests:
Julia Preston, The Marshall Project (@JuliaPrestonNow)

More:
Should America Give Refuge to Abused Women?

Marrying a U.S. citizen won't protect undocumented immigrants from deportation anymore 7 MIN, 15 SEC

Marriage to an American citizen is no longer a surefire path to a green card. ICE agents are now arresting people who show up for their marriage interviews with immigration officials.

Guests:
Rajiv S. Khanna, Law Offices of Rajiv S. Khanna / The Hill (@immigrationcom)

What does 'I Feel Pretty' say about body image? 14 MIN, 34 SEC

Our critics review “I Feel Pretty,” where Amy Schumer plays a woman who believes she is ugly until she falls off her bike; “Super Troopers 2,” about cops behaving badly; “Little Pink House,” the story of a paramedic who fought to save her waterfront home in Connecticut; and the Netflix original film “Kodachrome,” about an estranged father-son duo who go on a road trip.

Guests:
Katie Walsh, Tribune News Servises (@katiewalshstx)

CREDITS

Image of Jersey City Same Sex Marriage Officiation by May S. Young

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Gina Pollack
Sarah Sweeney
Michell Eloy
Amy Ta
Christian Bordal
Quinn O'Toole
Yael Even Or

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