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Today we begin with reporter George Lavender providing the latest news from Porter Ranch. With the gas leak possibly about to be plugged, how are residents faring?

Then, a look ahead to the next presidential vote in Nevada. Meanwhile, President Obama is here on the West Coast. On Monday and Tuesday he’ll host a summit for Southeast Asian leaders at the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs. We get an update on the history of the property and how it became a presidential hangout.

In our Friday film segment, our critics discuss four new releases.

And finally, the 100 jokes that shaped modern American comedy.

Photo: Relief well drilled to control the gas leak in Porter Ranch. Photo provided by Southern California Gas Co.

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

On the Ground in Porter Ranch 12 MIN, 52 SEC

Nearly four months after it was discovered, the Porter Ranch gas leak has been capped. Southern California Gas Co. executives say they’ve temporarily plugged the leak with a sludge-like material. If all goes according to plan, the crews will pour concrete into the well in the coming days. That concrete would permanently plug the leak. Once regulators determine that the leak has indeed been stopped, residents have about a week to return home. But some residents of Porter Ranch are wary of anything the SoCal Gas Co. says, and don’t trust the regulators. Reporter George Lavender has the story from Porter Ranch.

Looking Ahead to Nevada 5 MIN, 59 SEC

The next Democratic presidential vote will take place eight days from now in Nevada. It doesn’t have a lot of delegates, but it is considered a crucial test of who will do better in bigger states.   Nevada is much more diverse than Iowa and New Hampshire. So how are the candidates expected to do?

Guests:
Jon Ralston, RalstonReports.com (@RalstonReports)

The History of Sunnylands 7 MIN, 11 SEC

President Obama is scheduled to host a summit with Southeast Asian leaders on Mondayand Tuesday at the Sunnylands estate. That’s a 200-acre, 50-year-old retreat near Palm Springs that’s been a frequent stop for presidents – mostly Republican. Ronald Reagan used to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Sunnylands. The first George Bush held a state dinner there. Richard Nixon took refuge there after losing the presidency. We get a primer on the history of the property.

Photo: Sunnylands' Room of Memories. Photo courtesy of Sunnylands.

Guests:
Kevin Starr, University of Southern California

Friday Film 14 MIN

On our Friday film segment this week, we have four new movies to tell you about. All of them are comedies of different kinds: action comedy, silly comedy, romantic comedy and zombie comedy. Our critics give their takes.

Guests:
William Bibbiani, Crave Online (@williambibbiani)
Cecily Knobler, Author (@Cecilysaysstuff)

100 Most Influential Jokes 7 MIN, 46 SEC

From Lucille Ball to Chris Rock to Amy Schumer, some jokes rise above the rest when it comes to cultural significance. The comedic brains at Vulture have assembled the 100 jokes that have shaped modern American comedy.


Guests:
Jesse David Fox, Vulture (@JesseDavidFox)

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