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Today we start by remembering the life and work of David Bowie, who died Sunday. Then, a look at the criticism around the interview with Mexican drug lord El Chapo, conducted by Sean Penn and published over the weekend by Rolling Stone magazine. After that, we get an update and analysis of a key case before the U.S. Supreme Court today about collective bargaining in unions. Next, the author of a new book about con artists talks about why we’re all more vulnerable than we think. And finally, in our regular TV roundup, last night’s Golden Globes and more. Banner Image: David Bowie's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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

Remembering David Bowie 15 MIN, 13 SEC

Bowie died on Sunday, two days after releasing his 25th studio album, “Black Star.” The album came out on his birthday. He had just turned 69. Born David Robert Jones in Brixton, London, in 1947, Bowie became both an outsider performance artist and a mainstream pop star; a voice for the outsider and the ultimate in cool. We hear from two KCRW DJs about his life and work

Guests:
Chris Douridas, Host of 'Chris Douridas' (@chrisdouridas)
Eric J. Lawrence, KCRW DJ (@ericjlawrence)

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David Bowie Tribute

Sean Penn's El Chapo Interview Sparks Criticism 9 MIN, 48 SEC

On Saturday, Rolling Stone magazine published an interview with the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. The interviewer? Not a seasoned journalist, but Sean Penn, the actor. El Chapo was captured last week after breaking out of prison, but Penn conducted his interview back in October, when the kingpin was still on the run. Apparently El Chapo did the interview at least in part because he wants a movie made about his life. The whole situation is so surreal, it sounds like a movie already. But not everyone is amused. We hear from a critic.


Sean Penn with Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán
Photo: Rolling Stone/Twitter

Guests:
Raul Reyes, Attorney and Journalist (@RaulAReyes)

More:
Sean Penn's naive and dangerous 'El Chapo' interview

SCOTUS on Collective Bargaining 7 MIN, 26 SEC

The Supreme Court heard arguments today in a case that could gut the power of public employee unions. The case is called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. And at issue is whether the teachers union can force non-members to pay fees that cover collective bargaining carried out on behalf of ALL teachers. Lead plaintiff Rebecca Friedrichs says  forcing teachers to pay fees is a violation of their First Amendment rights. Labor leaders argue non-union members should not be able to reap the benefits of their bargaining efforts while others foot the bill.

Guests:
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate

'The Confidence Game' 14 MIN, 20 SEC

Bernie Madoff, Clark Rockefeller, Frank Abagnale, Charles Ponzi: All con artists able to deceive a lot of people out of a lot of money. We often look at the people who fall for these cons as gullible or weak or stupidly greedy, and at the con artists as cunning and manipulative psychopaths. The reality, however, is more complicated. Madeleine speaks to the author of a new book about what makes cons so seductive.

Guests:
Maria Konnikova, Author (@mkonnikova)

The Confidence Game

Maria Konnikova

TV Roundup: The Golden Globes and More 4 MIN, 48 SEC

As is the case most years, the viewers were the real winners at last night’s Golden Globes. The Oscars’ drunk little brother was full of surprise wins, boozy celebs and of course host Ricky Gervais. It was the fourth time Gervais hosted the Globes. So who won, who lost, what surprised us? We hash it out in our regular Monday TV segment.

Guests:
Alan Sepinwall, HitFlix (@sepinwall)

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