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In the wake of protests over grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York, we examine the history of the grand jury system and its role in the criminal justice system. Then, the LAPD says it will investigate any new sexual assault claims against comedian Bill Cosby. But can police do anything if the statute of limitations has run out? Next, a look at the comedians in the Middle East who are parodying the militant Islamist group ISIS. In our weekly film segment, we look at the latest box office releases including the highly anticipated Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon. And finally, how did the once sleepy suburb of Arcadia transform into what’s now known as the “Chinese Beverly Hills"?

Banner Image: Still photo from Wild

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

Why Do We Have Grand Juries? 8 MIN, 37 SEC

In Ferguson, Missouri and New York, grand jurors have refused to indict police officers who killed unarmed suspects, leading to protests across the country. The situation has left many wondering about the role of the grand jury in the criminal justice system : Why does it exist, and why is it necessary on top of regular jury trials?

Guests:
Robert Weisberg, Stanford University (@StanfordLaw)

Bill Cosby, the LAPD and the Latest Allegations 8 MIN, 6 SEC

At least 19 women have now come forward alleging that comedian Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them. Many say he drugged them and raped them, with most of these alleged assaults taking place decades ago. Now, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says that the LAPD will investigate any new sexual assault claims against the comedian, regardless of when they occurred. What could come of such investigations?


Guests:
Jonathan Handel, Hollywood Reporter (@jhandel)

Comedians Take on ISIS 9 MIN, 27 SEC

Comedians in the Middle East have been making parodies about the Islamist group ISIS. What are they saying, why has humor caught on as a weapon of choice against the terrorist organization, and what are the risks of publicly making fun of ISIS?


Guests:
Dean Obeidallah, Comedian based in New York and co-producer of the Arab-American Comedy Festival (@deanofcomedy)

More:
Middle East Goes Monty Python on ISIS

A Wild Weekend at the Movies 13 MIN, 47 SEC

We’re in the midst of Oscar-bait season, and this week it’s all about showcase roles for actresses. We look at one of the most anticipated films of the year, an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon, as well as other new releases.

Guests:
Matt Atchity, Rotten Tomatoes (@Matchity)
Tim Grierson, Film Critic (@TimGrierson)

How Arcadia Became Known as the “Chinese Beverly Hills” 7 MIN, 36 SEC

An influx of Chinese wealth has transformed Arcadia, a once sleepy suburb just east of Pasadena, in recent years. Large, Mediterranean-inspired mansions have replaced modest ranch houses, and they’re selling for millions of dollars. But the story of Arcadia isn’t just about real estate; it’s a story of cultural identity becoming wrapped up in architecture.


Guests:
Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times (@hawthorneLAT)

More:
HOW ARCADIA IS REMAKING ITSELF AS A MAGNET FOR CHINESE MONEY

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