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Merrick Garland, President Obama’s pick to fill Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court, is a moderate judge from the D.C. Circuit Court. What else do we know about him, as a justice and as a person? Then, a look at how conservative leaders in D.C. are developing their plan to defeat Donald Trump. Next, the federal government has issued new guidelines for opioid prescriptions. Could these suggestions help the addiction epidemic? Music critic Ben Ratliff’s new book is a kind of modern music appreciation tome. Madeleine gets his listening tips. And finally, why is L.A.’s fashion week so fragmented?

Banner Image: Judge Merrick Garland speaks at the podium in front of U.S. President Barack Obama after Obama announced him as his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington D.C., March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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

Who is Obama’s Supreme Court Pick Merrick Garland? 10 MIN, 9 SEC

Merrick Garland, President Obama’s pick to fill the seat on the Supreme Court left vacant after the death of Antonin Scalia, gave an emotional introduction to the American public. But Garland is anything but an emotional pick. He’s a moderate judge from the D.C. Circuit Court who’s been on Obama’s short list for years. At 63, he’d also be the oldest nominee in decades. Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said he will not bring the nomination up for a vote. What’s likely to happen?

Guests:
Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News (@GregStohr)
Sam Erman, USC’s Gould School of Law

Can Conservatives Beat Trump? 8 MIN, 3 SEC

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both emerged victorious last night in the latest primary election. Most political analysts agree that both candidates are likely to clinch the nominations. On the Republican side, Trump’s strength has some conservative insiders scrambling to formulate a hail mary -- a possible third party “true conservative” to run in the fall. With that in mind, several influential conservative leaders will convene in Washington this week to develop their plan to defeat the Donald.  

Guests:
Shane Goldmacher, Politico (@ShaneGoldmacher)

New Guidelines on Opioid Prescriptions 8 MIN, 4 SEC

The federal government is taking action on the addiction epidemic this week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out new guidelines for prescribing opioid painkillers. They’re urging doctors to prescribe these powerful drugs only as a last resort. Increased use of painkillers has been linked to the heroin crisis. Overdoses from opioids and heroin reached a record peak in 2014. The latest numbers available show that more than 47,000 lives have been lost. What effect will the new guidelines have?

Guests:
Andrew Kolodny, Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing

'Every Song Ever' 14 MIN, 57 SEC

We live in an age of musical plenty. From Spotify to iTunes to YouTube, you can listen to whatever you want, whenever you want. Does that make us more adventurous music listeners? Not according to the author of a new book.  

Guests:
Ben Ratliff, Music critic and Author

Every Song Ever

Ben Ratliff

What is Fashion in L.A. Week? 9 MIN, 51 SEC

Los Angeles fashion week began on Sunday or it starts tomorrow, depending who you ask and which so-called fashion week you’re referring to. There’s Fashion Week Los Angeles, which kicked off three days of events on Sunday. That’s not to be confused with the trademarked “LA Fashion Week,” which kicks off tomorrow. Then there’s STYLE Fashion Week, which started yesterday … and don’t forget Art Hearts Fashion, which has been going on since Monday. Los Angeles is an art capital, a cultural center and home to Hollywood stars, so why doesn’t it have one cohesive fashion week?

Guests:
Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times

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