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Boston dropped its bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games yesterday after public support for the effort evaporated. Now, Los Angeles could become the designated American bidder. L.A. hosted the Summer games in 1932 and in 1984. Both times, the city made money. But not everyone is so sure that will happen again. And, Relativity Media is the biggest Hollywood studio you’ve probably never heard of. The studio has made and distributed a lot of movies and TV in the past 10 years, but there haven’t been many hits, yet Relativity has managed to raise a lot of money. Now, the company is facing several lawsuits and possible bankruptcy. Then, by the mid-1960s, the presidential conventions had turned into full-fledged TV events, but ABC was dead last in the ratings. In order to spice up their convention coverage, ABC executives invited two towering intellectuals to a series of debates. The fireworks between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley, Jr. ushered in the age of bellicose cable news commentary. Finally, hundreds of scientists, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, wrote an open letter this week warning of autonomous killer robots.

Banner Image: Olympic Flag

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Should LA Host the Olympics? 10 MIN, 46 SEC

Boston dropped its bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games yesterday after public support for the bid evaporated. Now, Los Angeles could become the designated American bidder. L.A. hosted the Summer games in 1932 and in 1984—and both times, the city made money. But not everyone is so sure that will happen again.

Guests:
Jack Humphreville, Department of Water and Power Advocacy Committee (@Jack90020)
Alissa Walker, Curbed (@awalkerinLA)

What’s Going on at Relativity Media? 7 MIN, 36 SEC

Relativity Media is the biggest Hollywood studio you’ve probably never heard of—it’s made and distributed a lot of movies and TV in the past 10 years, but there haven’t been many hits. However, the company has managed to raise a lot of money. There have been whispers in Hollywood that the company’s CEO, the charismatic Ryan Kavanaugh, was operating a sophisticated, high-stakes shell game. Now, Relativity is facing several lawsuits and possible bankruptcy. 

Guests:
Kim Masters, host, 'The Business' (@kimmasters)

Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr. Spar in 'Best of Enemies' 16 MIN, 34 SEC

By the mid-1960s, the presidential conventions had turned into full-fledged TV events, but ABC was dead last in the ratings. In order to spice up their convention coverage, ABC executives invited two towering intellectuals to a series of debates. The fireworks between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley, Jr. created giant ratings for ABC, and ushered in the age of bellicose cable news commentary.

Guests:
Morgan Neville, filmmaker (@MorganNeville)
Robert Gordon, Co-director of a new documentary called 'Best of Enemies'

Warning: Killer Robots 10 MIN, 28 SEC

It may be old news here in Hollywood -- but the world’s scientists are now warning us about killer robots. Hundreds of scientists, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk wrote an open letter released this week, in which they warned of a global A.I. arms race.Peter Asaro

Guests:
Peter Asaro, Assistant professor at the New School and Vice Chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control. (@PeterAsaro)

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