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We start today with a look at the political clout of two voter blocs: unions and evangelicals. How much influence will they have in this year’s presidential election?

Then, a  story about a citizen who makes tiny houses for the homeless. He’s been handing them out to people on the streets, but the city is cracking down.

In our regular Friday film roundup, our critics give their takes on the latest releases, including a president-in-peril thriller and Tina Fey’s new war comedy.

And finally, what do we know about the health science of vaping?

Photo: Chrysler Local #7 UAW / Detroit History Museum

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

The Union Vote 9 MIN, 21 SEC

In Detroit last night, Republican presidential candidates sparred over some important and not so important issues in the last debate before the Michigan primary on Tuesday. And tomorrow, voters in around a half a dozen states will head to the polls. Right now, Trump has amassed 329 delegates. Cruz has 231, Rubio 110 and Ohio Governor John Kasich has 25. But Kasich says we haven’t yet heard from his “turf,” aka the Rust Belt. It’s a region hit hard by the decline of manufacturing jobs, which were once synonymous with union jobs. What’s happened to the political power of unions?

Guests:
Harold Meyerson, Editor and Columnist (@haroldmeyerson)

The Evangelical Vote 9 MIN, 25 SEC

Moving now to another bloc of voters the candidates are vying for: evangelicals. Much to the dismay of some Conservative Christians, exit polls following Super Tuesday showed that Donald Trump won the born-again vote in several states. But what exactly is the born-again vote? Do born-again Christians, or evangelicals, constitute an actual voting bloc? And if so, how powerful are they this election year?

Guests:
Anthea Butler, University of Pennsylvania (@AntheaButler)

Tiny Houses for the Homeless 6 MIN, 10 SEC

Forty-four thousand homeless people live on the streets in and around Los Angeles, according to the latest count. One citizen is taking the crisis into his own hands. He's built dozens of tiny houses and given them to homeless people all over the city. But is there a downside to this kind of vigilante do-gooderism? City officials think so. Now they’re cracking down. Press Play producer Anna Scott brings us the story.


One of the tiny houses given to the homeless

Guests:
Anna Scott, Producer, 'Press Play' (@AnnaKCRW)

Friday Movies 13 MIN, 56 SEC

It’s Friday, which means it’s time to take a look at the new movies coming out this weekend. There’s an animated Disney film, Tina Fey in Afghanistan, the latest Terrence Malick and a big president-in-peril thriller.

Guests:
Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood (@MovieMantz)
Matt Atchity, Rotten Tomatoes (@Matchity)

The Health Science of Vaping 8 MIN, 51 SEC

It looks like the California Assembly might vote on a Senate bill that would regulate e-cigarettes just like tobacco. If the law passes, it will mean that if you can’t smoke a cigarette somewhere, you won’t be able to vape there, either. But is vaping as bad as smoking? The research has struggled to catch up to the huge popularity of e-cigs, which has quickly become a billion dollar business.

Guests:
Lauren Dutra, UC San Francisco (@lmdscd)

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