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At the Conservative Political Action Conference today, Texas Gov. Rick Perry once again criticized blue states, like California, for being high tax and regulation. He says Texas is the business-friendly job-creating state. Is he right? We also look at Daylight Saving. What’s the argument for springing forward and falling back? We talk about TV -- Is there a lack of good roles for women in TV dramas? -- and the movies, post-Oscars. And we finish with a look at votes in the Senate yesterday on bills to protect victims of sexual assault in the military.

Banner Image: Texas Governor Rick Perry; credit: Gage Skidmore

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

Jobs: Texas v California 9 MIN, 20 SEC

Texas governor Rick Perry has for years been saying that his state leads the nation in job creation, contrasting Texas with California, where he says regulation and high taxes squash growth. Perry’s even traveled here to woo businesses to the Lone Star state. So, is it true?

We found out today that the national unemployment rate ticked up to 6.7 percent last month. And the economy only added a modest one-hundred-seventy-five thousand jobs. Should Californians be packing their bags for Texas?

Guests:
Phillip Longman, New America Foundation

Daylight Saving 6 MIN, 16 SEC

Sunday at midnight it’s time once again to spring forward into Daylight Saving Time -- that’s “saving,” not “savings” by the way. But why we spring forward -- and whether we should continue to -- is the cause of some confusion and debate.

Guests:
Michael Downing, Tufts University

Spring Forward

Michael Downing

Women and TV 9 MIN, 13 SEC

Season one of HBO’s True Detective wraps up this Sunday. It stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two detectives investigating murder on the Louisiana Bayou. Critics love it. Your nihilist friend who you previously thought incapable of love… loves it. But like a lot of shows -- both on HBO and elsewhere -- it’s got something of a woman problem. Emily Nussbaum is television critic for the New Yorker and she joins us now to talk about women on TV.

Guests:
Emily Nussbaum, New Yorker (@emilynussbaum)

Movies 15 MIN, 44 SEC

We’ve managed to rise above our post-Oscars malaise for a fresh round of film talk. Because it’s Friday, and that’s what we do on Fridays.

Guests:
Devin Faraci, Badass Digest (@devincf)
Ben Fritz, Wall Street Journal (@benfritz)

Sexual Assault in the Military 8 MIN, 9 SEC

The U.S. Senate voted yesterday to offer more protections to soldiers who say they were sexually assaulted in the military. But the vote was seen as a big defeat by victims rights advocates. They were supporting a much stronger bill, put forward by Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, which failed by five votes.

Guests:
Chris Carroll, Stars & Stripes (@ChrisCarroll_)

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