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We start today with a two-person panel recapping and analyzing last night’s final debate between the Republican presidential candidates in Las Vegas. What were the big takeaways?

Then we follow up on what’s next for the LAUSD after its massive school closure yesterday: Will the district have a new plan for future emergency situations?

Next, KCRW’s own bookworm, Michael Silverblatt, shares his top three fiction picks from 2015.

And finally, a look at the intense campaigning going on as we enter this year’s film and television awards season.

Banner Image Credit: Peter Stevens/CC

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

Breaking Down the Final Republican Debate 17 MIN, 16 SEC

The first two Republican debates between presidential hopefuls this year were the highest rated TV debates ever. And the overnight numbers from last night’s final one are looking good for CNN this time, too -- likely fueled in part by the country’s fascination with the candidacy of Donald Trump. We recap the highlights, lowlights and big takeaways from last night’s debate.

Guests:
Molly Ball, The Atlantic (@mollyesque)
McKay Coppins, BuzzFeed News (@mckaycoppins)

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McKay Coppins

Following Up on the LAUSD Closure 10 MIN, 48 SEC

One day after the LAUSD closed more than 900 schools, parents, teachers and officials are wondering, what happened? And what’s next? Superintendent Ramon Cortines made the call to close the schools after receiving what he described as a credible threat. The FBI has since discredited the threat, deeming it a hoax. It’s worth noting that the threat came less than two weeks after a deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino that left 14 dead and many injured. But what kind of impact will this closure have on the district? And in the wake of these events, will LAUSD develop a new plan for handling emergency situations?

Guests:
Steve Zimmer, LA Unified School District (@lausd_zimmer)
Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times (@howardblume )

The Bookworm's Favorite Books of the Year 12 MIN, 16 SEC

Michael Silverblatt is KCRW’s bookworm, and all year he’s been making a list. Not of who’s naughty or nice, but his favorite fiction of 2015. He joins Madeleine to discuss his top three favorite novels of the year.

Guests:
Michael Silverblatt, host, 'Bookworm'

More:
BOOK OF NUMBERS by Joshua Cohen
THE VISITING PRIVILEGE by Joy Williams
PREPARATION FOR THE NEXT LIFE by Atticus Lish

Awards Season Kicks Into High Gear 6 MIN, 59 SEC

Award nominations for this year’s movies are coming at us fast and furious. There’s the Golden Globes, the Independent Spirit Awards, the SAG Awards, the BAFTA’s -- and that’s not even all of them! There was a time when the Oscars were the biggest night in Hollywood. Or, rather, they still are, but these days there are an awful lot of big nights before THE big night. We get the full breakdown on who’s up, who’s down and how A-listers are campaigning this awards season.

Guests:
Kim Masters, host, 'The Business' (@kimmasters)

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