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California may be about to adopt its own version of a “right-to-die” law. Yesterday, the End of Life Option Act cleared the State Assembly, and it’s expected to also be approved in the Senate. If the governor signs it, the law will take effect next year. The proposal gained attention last year when 29-year-old Brittany Maynard moved from California to Oregon to end her life. Oregon enacted its death with dignity laws nearly 20 years ago. And Apple rolled out its fall line of new products yesterday; we take a look at that and other tech news in our weekly web roundup. Then, 50 intelligence analysts say their reports on ISIS and Al Qaeda are being watered down by senior officials. And now the Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating. Next, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Margo Jefferson explores the world of African American privilege in her new memoir, Negroland. It’s the story of growing up black and affluent in Chicago in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Finally, the story behind Brookstone Law, which is suing banks on behalf of homeowners. But whether these lawsuits have merit is highly questionable. And the characters behind Brookstone are a whole different story.


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

California's Right to Die Law on the Horizon 9 MIN, 4 SEC

California may be about to adopt its own version of a “right-to-die” law. Yesterday, the End of Life Option Act cleared the State Assembly, and it’s expected to also be approved in the Senate. If the governor signs it, the law will take effect next year. The proposal gained attention last year when 29-year-old Brittany Maynard moved from California to Oregon to end her life. Oregon enacted its death with dignity laws nearly 20 years ago.

Guests:
Peter Richardson, author, 'A Bomb in Every Issue'

More:
How to Die in Oregon

Web Roundup: Apple Rollout and More 7 MIN, 51 SEC

Apple rolled out a fall line of new products yesterday, including a new Apple Watch, and an Apple Pencil. We take a look at that perennial tech spectacle, and other tech news in our weekly web roundup.   

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

Unreliable Isis Intel 7 MIN, 21 SEC

Fifty intelligence analysts say their reports on ISIS and Al Qaeda are being watered down by senior officials. According to an exclusive story in the Daily Beast, the analysts complain that higher-ups are deleting assessments they consider too pessimistic, or pushing them back down the chain of command. They charge that the administration wants the intelligence to fit their political narrative: that the U.S. is making progress against ISIS. And now the Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating.

Guests:
Shane Harris, The Daily Beast (@ShaneHarris)

More:
Exclusive: 50 Spies Say ISIS Intelligence Was Cooked

'Negroland' 15 MIN, 14 SEC

Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Margo Jefferson explores the world of African American privilege in her new memoir, Negroland. It’s the story of growing up black and affluent in Chicago in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Jefferson took dance classes, went to great schools, and had a wardrobe full of beautiful dresses…everything a little girl could want. But the comforts of her life would never seem quite as comfortable as the privilege of being white.

Guests:
Margo Jefferson, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic. Her new book is Negroland: A Memoir.

Negroland

Margo Jefferson

Should You Sue Your Bank? 7 MIN, 44 SEC

Let’s say you’re a homeowner behind on your mortgage. You could try for a loan modification, or simply not pay and risk foreclosure. Or you could hire the attorneys at Brookstone Law, in Orange County. For about $6,000 they’ll add your name to a lawsuit against the bank that has your mortgage. Whether that lawsuit has merit, however, is highly questionable. And the characters behind Brookstone are a whole different story.

Guests:
Anna Scott, Producer, 'Press Play' (@AnnaKCRW)

More:
Sue Your Bank, Keep Your Home, Repeat

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