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The chairwoman of the Nevada Democratic Party received death threats from Bernie Sanders supporters who claim some of their delegates were unfairly excluded at the state’s convention. We’ve heard a lot this political season about infighting among Republicans. Is there as much vitriol on the left?

Also, as Congress limps towards summer break, we take stock of what it hasn’t accomplished this session.

Governor Jerry Brown has earmarked $10 million to help pay for a statewide earthquake warning system. Will California get its warning system before the ‘Big One’ hits?

Then, in his new book author Geoff Dyer explores mortality through the places we leave behind.

And finally, how Bob Cobb brought the salad that’s really a meal to L.A.’s hungry celebrities.

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

Democratic Official Receives Death Threats Over Delegates 10 MIN, 47 SEC

The chairwoman of the Nevada Democratic Party received more than a thousand angry phone calls and texts since the state’s Democratic convention over the weekend. Roberta Lange led the convention to assign delegates to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and she’s now being inundated by furious Bernie Sanders supporters who say that some of their delegates were unfairly excluded and that the convention is an example of how the system is rigged in favor of establishment candidates. We’ve heard a lot this political season about the anger and infighting among Republicans. Is there as much vitriol on the left?

Guests:
Jonathan Martin, New York Times (@jmartNYT)

What Has Congress Actually Accomplished Lately? 6 MIN, 53 SEC

As the 114th Congress limps toward its extended summer break, observers are taking stock of what its achievements this session. However, it might be easier to talk about the things that it hasn’t accomplished. For example, Congress has not passed a budget or reacted to the Flint water crisis. There’s been no action on mitigating the Zika virus in the U.S. or movement to prevent opioid addiction and overdoses. And, oh yes, there’s that vacancy on the Supreme Court. What has Congress actually accomplished lately?

Guests:
Thomas Mann, Brookings Institution (@BrookingsInst‎)

Will California Get its Quake Warning System Before the ‘Big One’ Hits? 7 MIN, 44 SEC

We in California know we’re living on borrowed time and that the ‘Big One’ is coming. Any day now the state will experience a major earthquake, and yet, California does not have a statewide public early warning system, something that Japan and Mexico have had for the over a decade. Now Governor Jerry Brown wants the state to help pay for one and he’s earmarking $10 million for it in his latest budget. That’s a shift for the Governor, who previously wanted the system to be entirely paid for by private sources and the federal government.

Guests:
Elizabeth Cochran, Seismologist

Exploring ‘White Sands’ with Author Geoff Dyer 13 MIN, 46 SEC

It’s difficult to categorize the writer Geoff Dyer. He’s written fiction, non-fiction, essays and criticism. He’s written on many different subjects: jazz, art, photography, film and history. He won the National Book Critics Circle award for criticism a few years ago. His latest book is called White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World. It’s a collection of mainly travel essays, and in several of them, he explores America and also Los Angeles. But what he’s really exploring is our mortality, what these places mean to us as a culture and what happens to them when we move on.

Guests:
Geoff Dyer, Financial Times (@DyerGeoff)

How Bob Cobb Brought the Cobb Salad to L.A.’s Hungry Celebrities 5 MIN, 50 SEC

Summer is on the way, and that means it’s time for a lot of salads. And some salads are more substantial than others. Salads like the cobb salad. Loaded with bacon, avocado, hard-boiled egg and Roquefort cheese - it’s not just a salad, it’s a meal. A meal invented at the iconic Brown Derby restaurant by Robert Cobb, who chopped it up after-hours for Hollywood celebrities.

Guests:
Katherine Spiers, How It Got In Your Mouth (@katherinespiers)

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