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Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. Since then, there’s been a near-constant battle over it. Just yesterday, an appeals court found that a strict Texas voter ID law violated the Act. It required a government-issued photo ID in order to vote, which many minorities don’t have. This is just the latest challenge to the Voting Rights Act. And here in California, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that around 45,000 non-violent felons will be getting back their right to vote. He called it “a matter of conscience.” Then, Los Angeles is home to the highest number of homeless veterans in the country, and Mayor Eric Garcetti has pledged that every homeless veteran in L.A. will have housing by the end of the year. New legislation proposed today in Washington may help with that. Finally, Hollywood is a tough place for women and minorities. A comprehensive new study makes it clear just how far the bias behind the studio gates extends into the movies themselves.  

Banner Image: "LyndonJohnson signs Voting Rights Act of 1965" by Yoichi Okamoto

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

The Voting Rights Act at 50 16 MIN, 39 SEC

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. Since then, there’s been a near-constant battle over it. Just yesterday, an appeals court found that a strict Texas voter ID law violated the Act. It required a government-issued photo ID in order to vote, which many minorities don’t have. This is just the latest challenge to the Voting Rights Act.

Guests:
Ari Berman, Nation magazine (@AriBerman)

Non-Violent Felons Regain Vote in CA 7 MIN, 40 SEC

Fifty years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, the law is still being challenged. In California, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced this week that around 45,000 non-violent felons will be getting their right to vote reinstated. He called it 'a matter of conscience.'

Guests:
Vishal Agraharkar, Attorney with the Brennan Center for Justice (@v_agraharkar)

New Legislation to House L.A.’s Homeless Veterans 7 MIN, 29 SEC

Los Angeles has the highest number of homeless veterans in the country and Mayor Eric Garcetti has pledged that each one will have housing by the end of the year. New legislation proposed today in Washington may help with that.

Guests:
Steve Peck, President and CEO of U.S. Vets.

Hollywood's Diversity Problem 7 MIN, 32 SEC

It’s no secret that Hollywood is a tough place for women and minorities. Now, a comprehensive new study makes it clear just how far the bias behind the studio gates extends into the movies themselves.

Guests:
Stacy Smith, Director of Media, Diversity, and Social Change Initiative at USC Annenberg

More:
Inequality in 700 Popular Films: Examining Portrayals of Gender, Race, & LGBT Status from 2007 to 2014

Gwyneth, GOOP, and the Rise of the Lifestyle Brand 5 MIN, 16 SEC

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has gotten plenty of flak for Goop, her website and newsletter about fashion, food and wellness. But despite the mocking, Goop has millions of readers—and it’s on the verge of a big expansion. We look at how Paltrow became a leader in the burgeoning field of celebrity lifestyle brands.

Guests:
Anjali Mullany, Editor of Fast Company Digital (@anjalimullany)

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