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Bill Clinton has announced that he will step down from The Clinton Foundation’s board, and the foundation would stop taking foreign or corporate donations, if Hillary Clinton is elected president. These donor ties have been criticized this election season.

Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has resigned, but is still facing questions about his ties to Ukraine’s pro-Russian government.

As school begins, many students who fled violence in Central America are coping with anxiety, depression and severe trauma, but a new program is trying to help.

Our weekly movie segment reviews “Ben-Hur,” “Kubo and the Two Strings,” “War Dogs,” and a new Werner Herzog documentary.

And while the animated movie Sausage Party continues to be a hit, some of its animators are complaining about harsh labor practices.

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

The Clinton Foundation and the Election 9 MIN, 24 SEC

The Clintons have been criticized for allowing wealthy donors and foreign countries to contribute to The Clinton Foundation while Hillary was Secretary of State. Now Bill Clinton has announced that he would step down from the foundation’s board, and the foundation would stop taking foreign or corporate donations, if Hillary is elected president.

Guests:
Peter Nicholas, Wall Street Journal (@PeterWSJ)

Paul Mafort resigns as part of Trump’s campaign shake-up 9 MIN

The revelations keep coming about Donald Trump’s departing campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and his foreign business ties. Manafort resigned today after a campaign shake-up earlier this week. Emails came out this week directly linking Manafort to a political campaign in the U.S. to boost the image of Ukraine’s pro-Russian government. Manafort previously denied lobbying for the Ukraine government.

Guests:
Jeff Horwitz, Reporter (@JeffHorwitz)

Helping Central American students in LA’s schools 8 MIN, 56 SEC

Some students starting school in LA this week recently came to the US alone after fleeing violence in countries like Honduras and Guatemala. Many of them are coping with anxiety, depression and severe trauma. But therapists in the Pico-Union area have developed a new program to help them.

Guests:
Alejandro Lucas, Manager

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‘Ben-Hur’, new Herzog documentary 14 MIN, 29 SEC

On our weekly movie segment, we review a new remake of “Ben-Hur” from an inventive Russian director, and a new animated film from upstart Portland studio Laika called “Kubo and the Two Strings.” Plus, we review “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World,” a new documentary from Werner Herzog, and “War Dogs,” a comedy about two guys who get a big Pentagon contract, starring Jonah Hill.

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

Allegations of harsh labor conditions during ‘Sausage Party’ production 7 MIN, 4 SEC

Sausage Party has been a box office hit. But if you ask some of the animators who worked on the film, working on it was not a party. The producer of the film - Vancouver-Canada based Nitrogen Studios - has been accused of harsh labor practices. Nitrogen Studios disputes the allegations. Sony, who distributed the movie, hasn’t been commenting to news outlets.

Guests:
Daniel Lay, VFX Soldier (@VFXSoldier)

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