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HBO is airing a two-hour documentary full of horror stories by former members of Scientology. Celebrity members Tom Cruise and John Travolta are depicted as partners in an abusive cult worth billions of dollars, but declared a tax-exempt religion by the IRS.  Scientology calls it "bigoted propaganda" from "admitted liars." We talk about the impact in Hollywood — the headquarters of Scientology.

Also, water restrictions announced today by Governor Brown are already taking heat.  We talk to the head of his Water Resources Control Board.

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Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Katie Cooper

Governor Brown Issues Statewide Water Restrictions 7 MIN, 43 SEC

Governor Brown today stood on dry grass where there's normally five feet of snow and announced a set of mandatory water restrictions after four years of drought. The new restrictions were immediately criticized by the group Food and Water Watch, as well as others, for letting big agriculture and the oil industry off the hook. Felicia Marcus is Chair of the Governor's Water Resources Control Board.


Governor Brown delivers remarks on the drought and new mandatory water restrictions
Photo: California Department of Water Resources

Guests:
Felicia Marcus, State Water Resources Control Board (@CaWaterBoards)

Scientology, Hollywood and HBO 17 MIN, 29 SEC

Even before Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief began running on Sunday, Scientology was calling it "bigoted propaganda" from "admitted liars."

The HBO documentary, directed by Alex Gibney and based on a book of the same name by Lawrence Wright, features former members and others attacking the multi-billion-dollar organization as a dangerous cult, despite its status as a religion exempted from taxes by the IRS.

Guests:
Tony Ortega, Raw Story (@RawStory)
Kim Masters, host, 'The Business' (@kimmasters)
Tom De Vocht, former Scientologist (@TomDeVo )

Going Clear

Lawrence Wright

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