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With just a little more than a week before the June 7 primary, all three Presidential hopefuls have their eyes on California, and had their feet on the ground in the Golden State on Friday. Hillary Clinton met with community members in Oakland. Republican Donald Trump bounced from Fresno to San Diego. And Bernie Sanders held a rally Friday morning at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum at the Port of Los Angeles. In recent years, LA’s ports have been plagued by challenges. What is the state of LA’s ports today?

Meanwhile, while the mainstream candidates are battling it out in California., Libertarians are gathering in Florida. Could 2016 be the year for the Libertarian Party?

Then, it’s only May, but summer blockbuster season is already in full swing. We’ll look at this week’s film releases.

And finally, is playing video games a sport?

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

The State of LA’s Ports 8 MIN, 45 SEC

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held a rally Friday morning at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum at the Port of Los Angeles. Sanders aims to gain the support of Harbor Area labor unions. The ports of LA and Long Beach are a big source of blue-collar union jobs in Southern California, but in recent years, the ports have been plagued by labor disputes, growing competition and other challenges.

Guests:
Jock O'Connell, International Trade Economist with Beacon Economics

If Clinton Clinches Nomination After New Jersey’s Primary, Will California Matter? 9 MIN, 20 SEC

With just a little more than a week from the June 7 primary, all three presidential hopefuls have their eyes on California, and had their feet on the ground in the Golden State on Friday. California isn’t the only state to hold a Democratic primary on June 7. New Jersey also votes on that day, and its polls close hours before California’s do. Therefore, it’s possible that the Democratic race could be sewn up before all California voters have gone to the polls. Hillary Clinton could reach the 2,383 delegates needed if she wins New Jersey, but a loss in California would be a huge blow. And according to the latest poll from the Public Policy Institute of California, Bernie Sanders is tied with Clinton among likely voters.

Guests:
Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles (@SonensheinPBI)
Mindy Romero, Director (@MindySRomero)

Will 2016 Be the Year of the Libertarian Party? 9 MIN, 8 SEC

While the mainstream candidates are battling it out in California, Libertarians are gathering in Orlando, Florida for their nominating convention this weekend. Unlike in past elections, however, the Libertarian Party is getting a lot of attention this year. In recent polls, leading Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson nabs 10 percent of the general election vote. With unpopularity high for the major party candidates, could 2016 be the year the party has a real impact on the November election?

Guests:
Byron Tau, Reporter for WSJ (@ByronTau)

Summer Blockbuster Season in Full Swing 14 MIN

It’s only May, but summer blockbuster season is in full swing. Big studios are betting on more of the familiar, with another X-Men film and an Alice in Wonderland sequel opening this weekend. What new movies are coming to a cineplex near you?

Guests:
Tim Grierson, Film Critic (@TimGrierson)
Amy Nicholson, Film Critic (@theamynicholson)

Is Gaming a Sport? 8 MIN, 25 SEC

The PAC-12 TV network has announced a new Esports competition for PAC-12 schools. Yes, video-gaming is officially a PAC-12 sport. Last month, Arizona State won the Heroes of the Dorm tournament, and the finals took place in front of 67,000 fans at Century Link stadium in Seattle. More than $500,000 in scholarship money was at stake in the tournament. That pales in comparison, however, to the Dota 2 professional gaming tournament, where $18 million in prize money was at stake last year.

Guests:
Jacob Wolf, Senior Writer for ESPN (@JacobNWolf)

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