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Presidential candidate Donald Trump told reporters Friday that Hillary Clinton and her campaign started the ‘birther’ controversy. The reemergence of the ‘birther’ theory topped a crazy week on the campaign trail that included Hillary’s pneumonia, Donald on Dr. Oz, the frenzy over polling numbers and what they mean, and Colin Powell’s email hack.

Meanwhile, there are important conversations happening around police use of force that the presidential candidates haven’t been addressing recently. In Southern California, sheriff’s officers recently used a robot to end an armed standoff in the Antelope Valley. Is robot policing used more often than the public realizes?

Then, why some people in the television business are fretting that Netflix could become the Google of Hollywood.

And finally, this week’s new releases include “Snowden,” a Christian rock doc, and two sequels. What’s good?

Photo courtesy of Raymond Wambsgans.

 

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

Trump drops ‘Birther’ theory, but says Clinton started it 12 MIN, 13 SEC

It took a while for Donald Trump to drop the debunked theory that President Obama was not born in America. Trump , “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. I finished it. You know what I mean. President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period.” The reemergence of the “Birther” story was just one in a crazy week on the presidential campaign trail, which also included Hillary’s pneumonia, Donald on Dr. Oz, the frenzy over polling numbers, and Colin Powell’s email hack.

Guests:
Jason Johnson, Editor, Professor (@DrJasonJohnson)
Jonathan Weisman, New York Times (@jonathanweisman)

Do police use robots more often than the public realizes? 8 MIN, 29 SEC

There are important conversations happening around justice and police use of force. A man shot and killed 5 police officers in Dallas last July during otherwise peaceful protests against police shootings of black men. The gunfire ended that night when Dallas police sent in a robot to detonate a bomb which killed the gunman. In Southern California, sheriff’s officers recently used a robot to end an armed standoff in the Antelope Valley. Is robot policing used more often than the public realizes?

Guests:
Ed Obayashi, Attorney, Deputy Sheriff

Why Netflix’s dominance has some fearing a content monopoly 8 MIN, 45 SEC

If “Game of Thrones” was about the television Industry, Netflix would sit upon the Iron Throne. The company spends $6 billion a year on content – more than any other network or cable channel. In 2013, Netflix debuted a little show called “House of Cards” and now it has 126 original series. The company is expanding its offices in Los Angeles and is poaching young execs from competitors. Now, some people in the business are fretting that Netflix could become the Google of Hollywood.

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

Film: ‘Snowden,’ a Christian rock doc & two sequels 12 MIN, 52 SEC

New film releases this week include Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” a Christian rock doc, and two sequels – rom-com “Bridget Jones’s Baby” and horror flick “Blair Witch.” What’s good?

Guests:
Dave White, Film Critic (@dlelandwhite)
Alonso Duralde, Film Critic (@ADuralde)

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