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Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez told prospective voters at a campaign event in Whittier Saturday that her opponent in the US Senate race, Kamala Harris, is a San Franciscan, adding, “they control everything, so we’re trying to beat them.” Does the power base in California politics reside in the north?

Then, a few big donors are spending millions in 12 different legislative districts to try to elect lawmakers that are friendlier to charter schools.

Also, a new study of male undergraduates shows that more than half of participants on intercollegiate and recreational sports teams reported engaging in sexual coercion, including rape. Are athletes more likely to commit sexual assault?

Next, in her new memoir, Lab Girl, geobiologist Hope Jahren uses metaphor to deliver the gospel of science to casual observers of the natural world.

And finally, Los Angeles fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the women behind Rodarte, are up for the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year; but fashion critic Robin Givhan wonders if they should even be eligible.

Image Credit: Justin Brockie via Flickr

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

Where Does the Power Base in California Politics Reside? 8 MIN, 11 SEC

Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez told prospective voters Saturday at a Whittier car show that her opponent in the US Senate race, Kamala Harris, is a San Franciscan. Then Sanchez added, “they control everything, so we’re trying to beat them.” Former Speaker of the California Assembly and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, a Harris supporter, hasn’t held office for 12 years, but he’s still a power player in California politics. And a northerner. Both Governor Jerry Brown and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom are Northern Californians. Does the power base in California politics reside in the north? And could that change?

Guests:
Bill Whalen, Hoover Institution (@hooverwhalen)

Big Money Behind Candidates Friendly to Charter Schools 7 MIN, 1 SEC

Special interest groups have spent a record $28 million dollars so far on legislative races ahead of California’s June 7th primary, and about $9 million of those dollars have come from charter school groups. The bulk of that money is coming from a few big donors who are spending in 12 different legislative districts to try to elect lawmakers that are friendlier to charter schools.

Guests:
Jim Miller, Sacramento Bee (@jimmiller2)

Are Athletes More Likely to Commit Sexual Assault? 8 MIN, 39 SEC

Former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner was convicted last week of sexual assault for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on the university’s campus. Outrage erupted when he was sentenced to just six months behind bars for the rape. At Baylor University, an investigation last month found that the athletic department ignored a series of allegations of sexual assault. In a pending class-action lawsuit against the University of Tennessee, women allege that the school accepts a culture of sexual violence which has allowed athletes there to get away with sexual assault. A new study of male undergraduates shows that more than half of participants on intercollegiate and recreational sports teams reported engaging in sexual coercion, including rape. Are athletes more likely to commit sexual assault?

Guests:
Kristy McCray, Otterbein University (@KristyMcCray)

'Lab Girl': What Plants Can Teach Us About Life 14 MIN, 8 SEC

Biologist Hope Jahren has studied plants for more than two decades, but the seeds of her love of science were planted early. Her father was a scientist and even though she didn’t see many women in the lab, she had no doubt as to what she wanted to do. In her new memoir, Lab Girl, Jahren writes about her life and her constant search for funding to keep her plant research going. But she also blends personal stories with passages about plant biology and uses metaphor to deliver the gospel of science to casual observers of the natural world.

Guests:
Hope Jahren, geobiologist (@HopeJahren)

Lab Girl

Hope Jahren

The Mysterious Fashion Business of Rodarte 8 MIN, 25 SEC

Los Angeles fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy hit it big after their New York runway debut in 2005. Their label is called Rodarte, and they’ve been the toast of high fashion ever since. Rodarte clothing has appeared on the cover of Vogue, been worn by First Lady Michelle Obama and A-list actresses. It’s been in museum shows and in the movie Black Swan. This year, the Mulleavy sisters are up for fashion’s equivalent of the best picture Oscar, the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year, which they won in 2009. For all the awards and accolades, though, fashion critic Robin Givhan wonders whether Rodarte should actually be eligible for the award.

Guests:
Robin Givhan, Fashion Editor, Washington Post

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