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The fact that we call today “Presidents Day” is a cause of consternation for historical literalists. We hear about the roots of the holiday and what it’s become today. Plus, we check in on the race to replace Henry Waxman in Congress. We also find out what new federal banking guidelines could mean for California’s medical marijuana business. We find out why some Olympians are having trouble with rules regarding their corporate sponsorships, and we get the details of a woman being held for the murder of her alleged rapist - and why many feel she’s innocent.

Photo credit: Dean Franklin

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

Why Presidents Day Isn't Really Presidents Day 5 MIN, 50 SEC

Today is Presidents Day. Sort of. The official name for the holiday is Washington’s Birthday, which is celebrated on the third Monday in February. But George Washington was born on February 22nd, 1732. So what’s going on here? We look at the roots of the holiday and what it’s become today.

Guests:
Peter Grier, Christian Science Monitor (@petergrier)

Racing to Replace Waxman 10 MIN, 28 SEC

Long-time West-side Congressman Henry Waxman announced his retirement a couple of weeks ago. Now contenders to replace him are coming out of the woodwork. We take a look at how the race is shaping up, plus we discuss drought politics and other political news coming out of the beltway.

Guests:
Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle (@cmarinucci)

Is Patricia Esparza Guilty of Murder? 13 MIN, 30 SEC

Almost two decades after the killing of a man who allegedly raped her, psychology professor Patricia Esparza is faced with murder charges. She says she had nothing to do with the revenge killing, but Orange County prosecutors say otherwise. We get the details of this complicated case from a reporter who’s been digging into the past.

Guests:
Emily Bazelon, Slate.com (@EmilyBazelon)

Athletes, Sponsorships, and Rule 40 7 MIN, 48 SEC

Olympic rules prohibit athletes and their financial sponsors from marketing products during the games. But younger athletes are so used to tweeting shout-outs to their sponsors, this is putting a crimp in their relationships. We talk to an athlete about how he navigated the tightrope of sponsorship and Olympic rules.

Guests:
Nick Symmonds, Olympic track athlete, 2012 Beijing Olympics (@NickSymmonds)

Banking on Pot 9 MIN, 40 SEC

The Obama administration has unveiled new guidelines that are supposed to help banks work with marijuana distributors in states where the drug is legal. Right now, banks don’t work with dispensaries out of fear of getting in trouble with the feds. We talk about whether the new guidelines will have any effects on the medical marijuana industry in California.

Guests:
Lisa, Banker for medical marijuana dispensary
Michael Chernis, Attorney

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