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Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspapers, has avoided jail time in the phone hacking scandal that caused an uproar in England. Plus: The Los Angeles City Council is considering giving 180 million dollars in tax breaks to two luxury high-rise developments downtown, even-though big-name developers and investors are already backing the projects. Also, we haven’t quite reached the halfway point of 2014, but already it’s been the worst year ever for car recalls in the United States. And we talk to the director of a new documentary that looks at the FBI’s relationship with mobster Whitey Bulger.

Banner Image: James "Whitey" Bulger 1959 mugshot

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

Hacking Scandal 8 MIN, 17 SEC

Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspapers, has avoided jail time in the phone hacking scandal that caused an uproar in England. Brooks was acquitted, but her former editor Andy Coulson, who later became head of communications for British Prime Minister David Cameron, is facing jail time.

Guests:
Alan Cowell, New York Times (@cowellcnd)

Downtown Tax Breaks 7 MIN, 35 SEC

The Los Angeles City Council is considering giving 180 million dollars in tax breaks to two luxury high-rise developments downtown, even-though big-name developers and investors are already backing the projects.

Guests:
David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times (@DavidZahniser)

Worst Year for Recalls 8 MIN, 57 SEC

We haven’t quite reached the halfway point of 2014, but already it’s been the worst year ever for car recalls in the United States. We take a look at why, and we discuss a new parking app that’s described as “an Air BNB for parking.”

Guests:
Matt DeBord, is Transportation Editor for Business Insider (@mattdebord)

Whitey Bulger Documentary 13 MIN, 58 SEC

Yesterday, a  nice little two-bedroom apartment in Santa Monica went up for rent. The previous tennant - James “Whitey” Bulger - vacated rather suddenly when the feds arrested the notorious Boston mobster at that apartment three years ago. Bulger is now serving a prison term of two life sentences plus five years for 11 murders, drug trafficking, racketeering, money laundering and extortion. In his new film, documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger explores whether the FBI was complicit in Bulger’s crimes.

Guests:
Joe Berlinger, documentary filmmaker (@joeberlinger)

The Couple in 303 8 MIN, 17 SEC

Before the FBI finally caught up with mobster Whitey Bulger, he lived under an assumed name in Santa Monica.  He and his girlfriend shared an apartment under the names Charles and Carol Gasko. And - as it turns out - one of their neighbors was producer Gideon Brower.

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