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A measure that would legalize recreational marijuana has officially made it to the ballot in California. Voters will decide in November whether to adopt the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, the so-called Sean Parker initiative.

Next, in North Carolina, Republican lawmakers say they will defy a Justice Department order to suspend or repeal a law by Monday that limits bathroom access for transgender people.

Then, we check back in with two  professors who co-teach a class together at USC, who are dealing with cancer together and blogging about their experiences.

Finally, this Mother’s Day weekend, moviegoers can check out a dysfunctional family aside from their own in The Family Fang, and Captain America: Civil War opens.

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

Sean Parker Pot Bill Makes California’s November Ballot 8 MIN, 18 SEC

A measure that would legalize recreational marijuana has officially made it to the ballot in California. Voters will decide in November whether to adopt the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, the so-called Sean Parker initiative, the first of around 20 different ballot measures in the state to qualify for the ballot. The measure would make it legal for adults age twenty-one and older to purchase, transport, and consume up to an ounce of pot. What’s in the bill?

Guests:
David Downs, Cannabis Now Magazine (@davidrdowns)

North Carolina Lawmakers Plan to Defy DoJ Bathroom Bill Deadline 7 MIN, 50 SEC

In North Carolina, Republican lawmakers announced Thursday that they will refuse to comply with an order from the Department of Justice to suspend or repeal a law by Monday that limits bathroom access for transgender people. The Justice Department says the law, HB2, violates federal civil rights protections. North Carolina stands to lose billions of dollars in federal funding if they defy the order.

Guests:
Christy Mallory, Williams Institute (@WilliamsPolicy)

USC Professors Face Cancer Together 10 MIN, 47 SEC

Alison Trope and Judy Muller are two professors who teach a course together at USC and were each diagnosed with breast cancer around the same time. They’ve been using humor to deal with their diagnoses and to get through treatment, and they’ve been sharing their personal stories on Medium, the online blog network. We brought you their story in March, and we check back in with them.

Guests:
Judy Muller, University of Southern California (@judusc)
Alison Trope, USC

The Family Fang out this Mother’s Day Weekend, and Captain America: Civil War 12 MIN, 11 SEC

Marvel is back with another Avengers installment, Captain America: Civil War. And on this Mother’s Day weekend, moviegoers can check out a dysfunctional family aside from their own in The Family Fang, starring Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman as siblings traumatized by their dad, played by Christopher Walken. That and more on our weekly film segment.

Guests:
Kyle Buchanan, Editor (@kylebuchanan)
Matt Atchity, Rotten Tomatoes (@Matchity)

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