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We take time today to look back on the life and work of Robin Williams, who took his own life yesterday. We discuss his legacy as an actor and his influence on other comedians. We also discuss the new incentives California is considering to woo a Tesla battery plant to the state. Author Wendy Ortiz joins us to discuss her new memoir, which describes the romantic relationship she had with her English teacher when she was just 13 years old. And we take a peek at the new novel by Haruki Murakami.

Banner Image: Comedian and actor Robin Williams performs at the 2008 USO World Gala in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of: High Contrast

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

Remembering Robin Williams 16 MIN, 5 SEC

We take time today to look back on the life and work of Robin Williams, who took his own life yesterday. We discuss his legacy as an actor and his influence on other comedians.

Guests:
Paul F. Tompkins, stand-up comic, actor and writer
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

More:
Paul F. Tompkins on Robin Williams
Kenneth Turan on meeting Robin Williams

Tesla Incentives 8 MIN, 37 SEC

The electric car maker Tesla is shopping for a location to build a battery plant. And California officials are working to put together a lucrative incentives package to secure the Tesla plant. We discuss the ongoing “arms race” of incentives going on between the states to lure businesses, and what it’s doing for the taxpayers’ bottom line.

Guests:
Peter Enrich, Professor of law at Northeastern University

More:
LA Times on California’s Attempts to Woo Tesla

Wendy Ortiz 13 MIN, 51 SEC

Writer Wendy Ortiz had a five-year relationship with a 28 year old English teacher when she was just 13. Her new memoir gives a new perspective of the types of student/teacher romances we hear about in the news too often.

Guests:
Wendy Ortiz, Author of the memoir Excavation (@WendyCOrtiz)

Murakami Is Back 7 MIN, 49 SEC

The latest novel from Haruki Murakami is out in English today, and it’s already number 3 on Amazon’s bestselling book list. We take a look at the Japanese author’s wild popularity over the years and how this new book stacks up.

Guests:
Roland Kelts, journalist (@rolandkelts)

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