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Could military tensions between North and South Korea be thawing? 8 MIN, 35 SEC

The two countries re-opened a direct communication line along the Demilitarized Zone in preparation for possible high-level talks next week. This follows a New Year’s Day speech from North Korean President Kim Jong Un, in which he made a rare overture for new negotiations with the South. But in that speech, Kim also said he had a nuclear button ready to launch an attack on any American target. President Donald Trump tweeted last night that he has a nuclear button that’s “much bigger & more powerful.”

Guests:
David Kang, University of Southern California (@DaveCKang)

More:
North Korea Reopens Border Hotline With South

Tensions rise as excerpts from book about Trump White House are released 8 MIN, 54 SEC

The forthcoming book “Fire and Fury” offers a look inside the Trump White House and all the drama that entails. It’s getting lots of buzz, particularly for the salty quotes from former chief strategist Steve Bannon. Meanwhile, remember the so-called Steele Dossier that purported to lay out Trump’s ties to Russia? The guys behind it are speaking out.

Guests:
Jonathan Weisman, New York Times (@jonathanweisman)

More:
Trump Tower meeting with Russians 'treasonous', Bannon says in explosive book
The Republicans’ Fake Investigations

Getting organ transplants: Why wait times are longer in Los Angeles than New Orleans 7 MIN

If you live in LA, San Francisco or New York and you get sick and need a new liver or a lung, you’ll probably have to wait a lot longer than someone in South Carolina or Louisiana. You may even run out of time before the organ becomes available. That’s because organs are generally donated locally. But that may be changing thanks to a lawsuit in New York.

Guests:
Alan Zarembo, Investigative reporter for LA Times

More:
In a turf battle for organs, a policy review rattles the national transplant system

The making of 'The Shape of Water' 14 MIN, 50 SEC

In “The Shape of Water,” a mute woman falls in love with a creature being studied in the government lab where she’s a janitor. Guillermo del Toro’s film gained seven nominations for Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. We replay our conversation with the film’s cinematographer, and the actor playing the amphibious love interest.

Guests:
Doug Jones, Haskell Slaughter
Dan Laustsen, Cinematographer, “The Shape of Water”

Where to eat good Italian in LA 6 MIN, 36 SEC

It’s a good time to get great Italian food in Los Angeles, according to food critic Katherine Spiers. She runs through the list of the city’s newest (and most delicious) Italian restaurants. No checked tablecloths here.

Guests:
Katherine Spiers, LA Weekly; Producer of Smarth Mouth (@katherinespiers)

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