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President Obama plans on signing an executive order that would ban federal contractors from retaliating against employees for discussing their salaries. We talk about how and why we should talk with our colleagues about our paychecks. Plus, we look back at four funky decades of the TV show “Soul Train.” We take a look at Colorado’s pot law, and how safe it is four years after legalization. And we discuss who might replace David Letterman at CBS’s Late Show.

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

Paycheck Transparency 6 MIN, 39 SEC

Tomorrow, President Obama will sign two executive actions on equal pay. One of them would ban federal contractors from retaliating against employees for discussing their salaries. Could it pave the way for more transparency across the board about what we earn? And would that really lead to more equal pay?

Guests:
Stephanie Thomas, Cornell University's Institute for Compensation Studies (@proactivemployr)

Gender and Wages 8 MIN, 56 SEC

We’ve heard these numbers before: women make 77 cents for dollar that men earn. President Obama campaigned to close that wage gap. This week, he’s signing an order that will make the Labor Secretary collect race and gender wage data from federal contractors. We take a closer look at how gender and wages really break down.

Guests:
Claudia Goldin, Harvard University

Return of Thrones, Yahoo! TV and Replacing Letterman 8 MIN, 43 SEC

TV Guide’s Michael Schneider joins us to talk about Game of Thrones’ return to the air last night, which crashed HBO Go’s servers due to so many people trying to tune in. We also discuss possible replacements for David Letterman in his CBS Late Night gig, and Yahoo’s attempt to break into the original streaming content market.

Guests:
Michael Schneider, TV Guide magazine (@Franklinavenue)

Four Decades of 'Soul Train' 14 MIN, 7 SEC

The funky TV show Soul Train was one of the longest syndicated shows ever created, lasting from 1971 to 2006. It was the brainchild of Don Cornelius, who became TV royalty as Soul Train rode to the upper echelons of TV. We talk to the author of a new book that chronicles the show and how it became so successful.

Guests:
Nelson George, author, 'The Hippest Trip in America' (@nelsongeorge)

Colorado & Pot 6 MIN, 17 SEC

2 years ago, Colorado became one of the first states in the nation to approve recreational pot use. The law went into effect 4 months ago. There are still lots of questions about how this law is playing out, including how its affecting health. Marshall Allen of ProPublica recently went back home to Colorado to take a look at why pot might not be as safe many people say it is.

Guests:
Marshall Allen, ProPublica (@marshall_allen)

More:
Rocky Mountain High or Reefer Madness? Legal pot comes with risks (opinion)

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