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With more states approving the use of marijuana, pot has moved from hippie communes to executive boardrooms. As it becomes big business, will Congress consider lifting the total ban under federal law?

Also, the luxury cachet of…Detroit, and girls, glitter and gangsters in modern Russia.

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Producers:
Jenny Hamel

The Luxury Cachet of… Detroit? 5 MIN

“Made in the USA” sells these days, but “Made in Detroit” may sell even better.  That’s the lesson of Shinola — based in a city famous for decay and depopulation — but selling luxury products to upscale consumers in places like Palm Beach and Beverly Hills.  Karen Heller covers business and style for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Karen Heller, Washington Post (@kheller)

Is Marijuana Prohibition Going Up in Smoke? 5 MIN

Bans on marijuana may follow alcohol prohibition into the dustbin of American history. In November election, four states and Washington, DC have now approved recreational use.  California and other states are on the agenda for 2016. But medical use in 23 states has proven it won’t be easy. Problems with finance, quality control and protection of children have not been resolved, and pot is still in the same category as heroin under federal law. Will politicians be swayed by public opinion? (This segment originally aired on November 7.)

Guests:
Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times (@evanhalper)
Steve DeAngelo, Harborside Health Center (@stevedeangelo)
Natalie Singer-Velush, ParentMap magazine (@Natalie_Writes)
Ben Cort, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (@learnaboutsam)
Michael Correia, National Cannabis Industry Association (@NCIAorg)

More:
Halper on spreading pot leagalization

Girls, Glitter and Gangsters in Putin's Russia 5 MIN

Peter Pomerantsev worked for ten years as a television producer in modern Russia, as he puts it, “pushing [his] way into people’s lives, trying to get as close to things as possible. Now he’s written a book with a title that summarizes his conclusions. Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible” is subtitled “The Surreal Heart of the New Russia.” Pomerantsev, who now lives in London, opens our eyes to a surreal world of gangsters, prostitutes, impoverished grandmothers and new millionaires.

Guests:
Peter Pomerantsev, television producer and author (@peterpomeranzev)

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