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Billionaire Tom Steyer has given nearly $40 million to liberal Super PACS this year, making him the spendiest single donor to Super PACs in the country – but not the only one. California has more billionaires than any other state and they’re pouring millions into this election.

Also, one of the most contentious issues this election season has been immigration, but in 2012 there was a glimmer of hope for bipartisan immigration reform. How did that effort collapse and did that give rise to Donald Trump?

Then, another week, another big email hack and this time former Secretary of State Colin Powell is the victim.

We’ll talk about that and the campaign to get Edward Snowden pardoned with Xeni Jardin.

And finally, Doug Aitken is an artist who is used to working on a large scale, but LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art asked him to squeeze some of his monumental work into a gallery space. The result: “Electric Earth,” a survey of the artist's career.

Photo courtesy of Ed Uthman. 

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

The California multi-millionaires spending big this election 9 MIN, 54 SEC

California billionaire Tom Steyer says he’s against big money in politics, but he himself has given nearly $40 million to liberal Super PACS this year, making him the spendiest single donor to Super PACs in the country – but not the only one. California has more billionaires than any other state and they’re pouring millions into this election.

Guests:
Laurel Rosenhall, Sacramento Bee (@LaurelRosenhall)

Did the collapse of immigration reform give rise to Trump? 9 MIN, 54 SEC

Immigration has been one of the most contentious issues this election season. The nation is starkly divided along party lines when it comes to the issue. But in 2012, there was a glimmer of hope for immigration reform – a bipartisan group of eight members of Congress came up with a workable plan to fix the immigration system. It failed. How did that effort collapse and did that give rise to Donald Trump?

Guests:
Alec MacGillis, New Republic (@AlecMacGillis)

Web roundup: Colin Powell email leak, Snowden pardon campaign 7 MIN, 59 SEC

Another week, another big email hack. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s email was hacked, and some of the juiciest nuggets include him calling Donald Trump a “national disgrace” and an “international pariah,” and writing that “everything H.R.C. (Hillary Clinton) touches she kind of screws up with hubris.” In other web-related news, a campaign to convince President Obama to pardon NSA leaker Edward Snowden gains steam the week the biopic “Snowden” is released.

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

Doug Aitken brings his large-scale installations inside at MOCA 11 MIN, 59 SEC

Artist Doug Aitken is used to working on a large scale. Originally from the South Bay, his studio is now in Venice. But he’s done big works all over the world. He installed a video installation on a huge barge floating in the ocean off the coast of Greece. He wrapped the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC in video projections. He turned a 4,000 mile train trip across the US into a series of performances and art happenings. But in LA, the Museum of Contemporary Art asked Aitken to squeeze some of his monumental work into a gallery space. Doug Aitken’s exhibit at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Little Tokyo is a survey titled “Electric Earth,” and it includes seven large, moving-image installations.

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