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California Congressman Kevin McCarthy is expected to take over as speaker of the House at the end of the month when John Boehner officially resigns. McCarthy is known as a consummate politician, well-liked by his fellow Republicans, but how will he transition to his new role, where he may have to take a heavier hand?

And Congress remains a largely male dominated institution - only 20 percent of lawmakers are women. The situation in the corporate world is about the same. Just a quarter of top corporate positions - that’s senior vice president and up- are filled by women, according to a new survey of women in the workplace by Lean In, the initiative started by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Then online ad-blocking technology has existed for years in your desktop browser, but ad-blocking on your phone is new—ad-blocking software is now baked in to the iPhone’s new operating system. This has media organizations and content creators running scared.

Next, British comedian Russell Brand has reinvented himself as left-wing political rabble-rouser. And a new documentary captures the evolution of Russell Brand in all his hilarious, manic complexity.

Finally, Press Play visits writer Charles Bukowski's childhood home in mid-city, which just sold for the first time in 20 years. This is the latest installment in our 'L.A. Dwellings' series.

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Kevin McCarthy's Transition 8 MIN, 18 SEC

California Congressman Kevin McCarthy is expected to take over as speaker of the House at the end of the month when John Boehner officially resigns. McCarthy’s known as a consummate politician, well-liked by his fellow Republicans. But how will he transition to his new role, where he may have to take a heavier hand?

Guests:
Jake Sherman, Politico (@JakeSherman)

Women in the Workplace 7 MIN, 52 SEC

Just a quarter of top corporate positions - that’s senior vice president and up- are filled by women, according to a new survey of women in the workplace by Lean In, the initiative started by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Guests:
Mary Brinton, Harvard University

Web Roundup: Ad Blocking and Peeple 9 MIN, 11 SEC

The ad-block-alypse has arrived. Online ad-blocking technology has existed for years in your desktop browser, but ad-blocking on your phone is new—ad-blocking software is now baked in to the iPhone’s new operating system. And it has media organizations and content creators running scared.

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

'Brand: A Second Coming' 14 MIN, 12 SEC

The long-haired British comedian Russell Brand is brilliant, if somewhat off-kilter. He is also a narcissist and a bit of a megalomaniac. The former drug addict, sex addict and husband of pop-star Katy Perry has reinvented himself as left-wing political rabble-rouser. And a new documentary captures the evolution of Russell Brand in all his hilarious, manic complexity.

Guests:
Ondi Timoner, director, 'Brand: A Second Coming' (@onditimoner)

Bukowski's House 6 MIN, 55 SEC

Press Play producer Anna Scott visits writer Charles Bukowski's childhood home in mid-city, which just sold for the first time in 20 years. This is the latest installment in our 'L.A. Dwellings' series. The series tells stories about Los Angeles through its houses and apartment buildings.

Guests:
Anna Scott, Producer, 'Press Play' (@AnnaKCRW)

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