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A embarrassing tape of two U.S. diplomats talking privately was posted to YouTube, and the U.S. is pointing fingers at the Russians. We’ll discuss the increasingly chilly relations between the two countries. Plus, we offer a viewing guide for the Winter Olympics. And we get the latest on the standoff between the DWP union and L.A. over a missing $40 million.

Banner Image: Maylin Wende and Daniel Wende of Germany skate during a pairs figure skating training session at the Iceberg Skating Palace, in preparation for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 4, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray

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

Your Winter Olympics Viewing Guide 8 MIN, 21 SEC

The Winter Olympics are just around the corner! The games are nowhere near as popular as their summer counterparts. But to people in countries in Northern Europe - like, say, Norway - the games are huge. Luckily, we have our own Norwegian on staff, and he explains why the games are so addictive, if we just give them a chance.

Guests:
Christian Bordal, Producer, 'Press Play' (@ChristianBordal)

A Chilly Relationship with Russia 6 MIN, 47 SEC

The U.S. is calling it a “new low” for Russia. A leaked tape of two U.S. diplomats discussing the Ukraine situation was posted to YouTube. America claims that the Russians leaked it to embarrass the U.S. Meanwhile, Russian Olympic officials say the West is trying to sabotage the winter games.

Guests:
Michael Weiss, The Interpreter (@michaeldweiss)

Legos at the Movies 11 MIN, 46 SEC

Today in our weekly film news roundup, we talk about the work Philip Seymour Hoffman left behind after his untimely death. Plus, Legos at the movies and the Oscar impact of the accusations against Woody Allen.

Guests:
Devin Faraci, Badass Digest (@devincf)

Water Money Standoff 6 MIN, 51 SEC

LA officials want to know what happened to $40 million that went to the largest DWP union over the last decade. And a union boss at the center of this investigation has so far been able to avoid answering any hard questions on where that money went.

Guests:
Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times (@LATstevelopez)

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