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Donald Trump’s recent dip in the polls has prompted a shake-up in his campaign. He’s hired controversial conservative media figure Steve Bannon, a man as mercurial as the candidate himself.

Univision, the Spanish-language media company, has acquired bankrupt media company Gawker. It’s part of a slew of recent acquisitions by the growing media company.

Health care company Aetna says it’s pulling out of the Affordable Care Act because it says it’s losing money in the health care exchanges, but could the real reason be the Obama administration blocked a proposed merger?

We celebrate the life story of Biddy Mason, the first black woman to buy property in LA, who was born 198 years ago this month.

And actor-writer-director Nate Parker made a big splash at the Sundance Film Festival this year, but is now facing questions about a rape accusation dating back to his college days.

Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore.

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

Trump hires conservative media figure Steve Bannon 10 MIN, 14 SEC

Steve Bannon was just named “Chief Executive” of Donald Trump’s campaign. Bannon is best known for running the conservative news site Breitbart, which aggressively goes after Democrats like the Clintons as well as some mainstream Republicans. Bannon has a varied career that’s taken him to the military, Wall Street, Hollywood, partisan media, and now Presidential politics.

Guests:
Joshua Green, Bloomberg BusinessWeek (@JoshuaGreen)

Univision buys Gawker 7 MIN, 6 SEC

Spanish-language media company Univision is buying embattled media company Gawker, which declared bankruptcy after losing a lawsuit brought by Hulk Hogan. Earlier this year, Univision took full ownership of Fusion, a news and entertainment outlet, and has acquired stakes in companies like satire site The Onion, and African-American commentary site The Root. It’s part of Univision’s growing media portfolio.

Guests:
David Folkenflik, NPR (@davidfolkenflik)

Aetna pulls out of Obamacare 7 MIN, 12 SEC

Health insurance giant Aetna is pulling out of the Affordable Care Act in 11 states. The company says it’s losing money on the state exchanges because there are too many sick and expensive customers and not enough healthy ones. But a letter obtained by the Huffington Post suggests it could be payback for the Justice Department blocking Aetna’s merger with Humana.

Guests:
Paul Demko, Politico (@pauldemko)

Biddy Mason’s mark on the history of LA 12 MIN, 29 SEC

Grandma Mason aka Bridget - Biddy - Mason was the first black woman to buy property in LA. She also founded the first black church too. By the time she died, she was wealthy and a philanthropist, an amazing feat considering she was born into slavery in Georgia. This month marks her 198th birthday, a woman not known by many, but who is an important part of LA history.

Guests:
Crystal Shepeard, Writer (@ClearlyCrystalB)

Filmmaker Nate Parker faces new scrutiny over 1999 rape case 8 MIN, 25 SEC

The low-budget film “The Birth of a Nation,” about the Nat Turner slave rebellion, got an epic reception at Sundance earlier this year. An all out bidding war broke the record for the biggest deal in the festival’s history. But the film’s star, writer, and first-time director, Nate Parker, is now getting a lot of unwanted attention. A 1999 rape case against Parker has resurfaced.

Guests:
Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter, Billboard (@THRMattBelloni)

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