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Today we look at two Nevada stories: The upcoming GOP caucus there, and how coverage of the presidential race by the Las Vegas Review-Journal is affected by its new ownership.

Then, an investigation into police shootings in Los Angeles.

Next, it’s Oscars week; why are foreign actors so good at American accents?

And finally, our regular Monday TV roundup.

Banner Image: A Nevada motel sign; Credit: Thomas Hawk via Flickr

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

The GOP, Nevada and the Latino Vote 8 MIN, 26 SEC

The presidential nominating race continues this week in Nevada for the Republicans tomorrow, and South Carolina for the Democrats on Saturday. We start today with a look at whether Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz can beat Donald Trump in Nevada – especially among the state’s Latino Republicans.

Guests:
Eli Stokols, Politico (@EliStokols)

Adelson and the Review-Journal 8 MIN, 53 SEC

Nevada’s largest newspaper is the Las Vegas Review-Journal. It endorsed Marco Rubio. Its owner is a major Republican donor and casino magnate, Sheldon Adelson. He has yet to pick a candidate. In 2012 he backed Newt Gingrich. We discuss how the paper is covering the election now that Adelson is the owner.

Guests:
Mary Hausch, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Police Shootings 9 MIN, 10 SEC

Police here in Southern California shot four people over the weekend, three of whom died. That’s not out of the norm, given the statistics. According to a new investigation by the Los Angeles Times, more than 2,000 people have been shot by police in six Southern California counties since 2004. Out of all those shootings, only one officer was prosecuted. And he was acquitted. We hear from a reporter who uncovered these statistics.

Guests:
Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times (@jackdolanLAT)

Oscars Accents 13 MIN, 54 SEC

The Oscars are this Sunday. And though it might be too early to predict who the winners will be, we know what many of the nominees sound like – not American. This year, nearly half are English, Irish or Australian. How is it that these actors are so good at playing Americans? Well, one reason is they master the accent.

Guests:
Paula Cavanaugh Carter, dialogue coach (@AccentColors)

TV Roundup 8 MIN, 26 SEC

It’s time to talk TV! Girls is back this week from a break and so is the Duplass Brothers show Togetherness. And back from the 1980’s is the sitcom Full House. After reading a new USC report about diversity in Hollywood, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the main characters on all those shows are white. That and more in our regular Monday TV roundup.

Guests:
Eric Deggans, NPR (@Deggans)

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