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Beloved fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died yesterday at the age of 82. He was known for his timelessly beautiful, yet wearable garments. Dresses that defined red-carpet style. First ladies turned to him ever since his ensembles helped crown Jackie O as a fashion icon. And actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams are just some of his devoted followers. 

Banner Image: Oscar de la Renta takes a bow with models after a fashion show.

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

Remembering Oscar de la Renta 8 MIN, 43 SEC

Beloved fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died yesterday at the age of 82. He was known for his timelessly beautiful, yet wearable garments. Dresses that defined red-carpet style. First ladies turned to him ever since his ensembles helped crown Jackie O as a fashion icon. And actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams are just some of his devoted followers.

Guests:
Kate Betts, Fashion journalist and is the author of “Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style.” (@katebetts)

The Ebola Vaccine Race 7 MIN, 3 SEC

The quarantine is over for 51 people in Texas who were exposed to an Ebola patient. Meanwhile the two healthcare workers who got the virus while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, are still struggling to recover in specialized treatment centers. But the epidemic is still raging in West Africa. So far it’s claimed the lives of more than 4,500 people. And the race is on to find a vaccine or treatment for the deadly virus.

Guests:
Kartik Chandran, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Would an NFL Team Be Good for L.A.? 9 MIN, 10 SEC

Twenty years ago, on Christmas eve 1994, the Raiders and Rams both played their last game in Los Angeles. Since then, the second largest media market in the country has not had an NFL team. But there sure has been a lot of talk of bringing a team back, and it seems to be heating up again. But what’s really in it for L.A. and its taxpayers?

Guests:
Gregg Easterbrook, sports author (@EasterbrookG)

The King of Sports

Gregg Easterbrook

How Air Conditioning Changed Everything 14 MIN, 11 SEC

Most of us here in southern California can’t imagine living without air conditioning, but it took a long time to sell America on the idea. We take a look at the long prehistory of air conditioning and the contraptions people created to cope with the heat before Freon.

Guests:
Salvatore Basile, Author of COOL: How Air Conditioning Changed Everything.

Cool

Salvatore Basile

Where are the Platinum Albums? 7 MIN, 36 SEC

The three top albums of 2014 are everywhere. Every kid in the country is singing along to the soundtrack to the animated movie “Frozen.” There’s also Beyonce’s eponymous record and Lorde’s first album “Pure Heroine.” But there’s a problem: All three of those albums were released last year. No album released so far this year is on track to sell more than a million copies in the U.S. Why?

Guests:
Mark Mulligan, media and technology analyst and co-founder of Media Consulting (@Mark_Mulligan)

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