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Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump rolled out their economic plans this week in Detroit, and there was one glaring omission from both platforms – poverty. Why are the poor mostly left out of the economic conversation on the campaign trail? Then, one now-cliche question for American voters heard in presidential elections is, “who would you trust with the nuclear codes?” Fifty GOP national security officials have expressed concern over Trump having access to the nuclear arsenal, but what is the actual nuclear launch protocol? Also, Arianna Huffington announced that she will step down as editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post. What is the legacy Huffington will leave behind at HuffPo? Then, the California Cycleway – now the 110 freeway – is just one example of how bicycles paved the way for better roads in America. What can Los Angeles learn from the history of cycling? And finally, if you’ve lived in SoCal for long, you’ve likely encountered at least one coyote on a hike or on the road. Americans have a long and complicated relationship with coyotes, and cities like New York might learn a lesson or two from how Angelenos have come, for the most part, to coexist with them.

Banner Image: Poverty, by Rennett Stowe

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

Why aren't the presidential candidates talking about the poor? 8 MIN

Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton rolled out her economic plan in Detroit Thursday morning. Donald Trump unveiled his plan there earlier in the week. There was one glaring omission from both platforms – poverty. Clinton promised to create jobs with a New Deal-style investment in infrastructure, manufacturing and science. She portrayed herself as a champion for middle-class families, while painting Donald Trump as a friend to the wealthy. But what about the millions of Americans living in poverty? Why are they mostly left out of the economic conversation on the campaign trail? And what is either candidate offering them?

Guests:
Timothy Noah, journalist and author (@TimothyNoah1)

More:
The Millions of Americans Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Barely Mention: The Poor

What is the actual nuclear launch protocol? 9 MIN, 20 SEC

One now-cliche question American voters have heard in this and previous presidential elections: “Who would you trust with the nuclear codes?” Donald Trump has been on the defensive recently about this question from his rival Hillary Clinton. Even members of his own party, like MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, as well as fifty GOP national security officials, have expressed concern over Trump having access to the nuclear arsenal. Trump and his campaign have denied this is an issue. But how does the decision making process to deploy nuclear weapons really go down?

Guests:
Jeffrey Lewis, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

More:
Our Nuclear Procedures Are Crazier Than Trump

Arianna Huffington and the legacy she will leave at HuffPo 10 MIN, 44 SEC

Arianna Huffington has announced that she will step down as editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post. She says she’ll be moving on to create a health and wellness web service called Thrive Global. Huffington launched HuffPo in 2005 with Jonah Peretti, the late Andrew Breitbart and Ken Lerer. The Huffington Post quickly became a must-read for the rich and powerful, and it changed the way the world of news operated. What is the legacy Huffington will leave behind at HuffPo?

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)
Jim Rainey, Variety (@RaineyTime)

More:
Arianna Huffington Will Leave The Huffington Post To Build Health And Wellness Site

How bicycles paved the way for better roads in America 12 MIN, 51 SEC

Back before the 110 freeway was clogged with cars, it was a toll road for bikes. The ribbon was cut on the first leg of California Cycleway on January 1st, 1900. But the bicycle craze of the 1890s went bust when the king car came to town. The California Cycleway is just one example of how bicycles paved the way for better roads in America. As Los Angeles grapples with how to change our attitudes about who owns the road in our city, what can we learn from the history of cycling and infrastructure?

Guests:
Carlton Reid, BikeBiz Magazine

Living among the coyotes in LA 8 MIN, 14 SEC

If you’ve lived in Southern California for long, you’ve likely encountered at least one on a hike in Griffith Park or driving to work in the wee hours of the morning. Coyotes – they’re a fact of life in SoCal, where human development continues to expand into the wilderness and the wild keeps popping up on our streets. Case in point: A park in urban Montebello recently closed temporarily after coyotes bit three people in three separate attacks. But Americans have a long and complicated relationship with coyotes, and cities like New York and Chicago might learn a lesson or two from how Angelenos have come, for the most part, to coexist with them.

Guests:
Dan Flores, Historian and Environmental Writer

More:
Stop Killing Coyotes

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