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Republican presidential hopefuls will gather Wednesday for a debate at the Reagan library in Simi Valley and no doubt pay homage to this country’s 40th president. But would Reagan fit in today’s Republican party?

Then, Trump sells the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants after his politics clashed with his business ventures. Speaking of Trump, he’s leading in the polls but hasn’t spent a dime on television ads. That’s because he gets all the attention he needs from the media frenzy around him. Our regular TV commentators discuss that and more, including Stephen Colbert’s first week as host of The Late Show.

Next, Silicon Valley is seeing some of the signs of being in a tech bubble. Is it headed for a pop?

And finally, the almond has become the poster nut for water-thirsty crops during California’s drought. Now almond growers are fighting back with a full-fledged PR campaign. Can you eat almonds again without feeling guilty?

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Republican Presidential Hopefuls Sing Reagan’s Praises 11 MIN, 40 SEC

Ronald Reagan is revered among the candidates competing for the Republican presidential nomination. On Wednesday, they’ll no doubt pay further homage when they gather at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley for their second debate. But what is Reagan’s true legacy?  Would Reagan himself have fit into today’s Republican party?

Guests:
Lou Cannon, Editorial Advisor, State Net Capitol Journal
David Hawkings, CQ Roll Call (@davidhawkings)

Donald Trump Sells Miss Universe 5 MIN, 40 SEC

Trump’s been leading in the polls, but his politics have been clashing with his some of his business ventures. So today, he announced he’s unloading one of those ventures. Trump has sold the Miss Universe beauty pageant empire. For months, he’s been battling with the TV networks that air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants because of his comments on immigration. We get a primer on the sale.

Guests:
Cynthia Littleton, Variety (@Variety_Cynthia)

More:
WME/IMG Acquires Miss Universe Organization From Donald Trump

TV Roundup: Colbert, Political Ads and More 9 MIN, 25 SEC

Donald Trump hasn’t spent a dime on TV advertising so far in his campaign. Why? Because of all the free publicity he gets from the media’s Trump frenzy. In general, the 2016 race is looking very different for candidate ad buys than past campaigns have. How so?

Also in our weekly TV roundup, how was Stephen Colbert’s first week hosting The Late Show?

Guests:
Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)
Eric Deggans, NPR (@Deggans)

Is Silicon Valley in a Tech Bubble? 12 MIN, 31 SEC

The last time this many Silicon Valley startups saw this much money, it was hot and heavy for a time. But the inevitable breakup was devastating. The tech bubble burst in 1999. And lots of people lost their shirts in an instant. Now the dreaded word “bubble” is on lips in Silicon Valley again. Could it burst?

Guests:
Nick Bilton, Vanity Fair (@nickbilton)

More:
The Tech Industry Is In Denial, But The Bubble Is About To Burst

The Almond Tries For a Comeback 6 MIN, 25 SEC

California's almond harvest is underway, and so is an effort to rehabilitate the nut’s image as a water-thirsty crop. You might have even heard underwriting messages about almonds on KCRW. Over the last few months, the $5 billion almond industry hasn’t just taken out ads, it’s created a web site just to deal with its image, held sustainability events and given money for sustainability research. So is it okay to eat almonds again without feeling guilty? Or is it all  corporate spin?

Guests:
Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News (@AlanBjerga)

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