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Did the Jewish heads of Hollywood studios conspire with Adolph Hitler to censor the content of American films? Or did they spy on German agents sent to spread the message and tactics of Hitler's Third Reich? One new book calls them "collaborators," while another says they were secretly foiling the plots of Nazis here in LA. Were both things happening at the same time? Also, is California about to have the highest minimum wage in the nation?

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Producers:
Kerry Cavanaugh
Christian Bordal
Anna Scott

Main Topic Hitler and Hollywood 17 MIN, 15 SEC

book.jpgTwo new books, one published and the other still under way, tell two different stories about LA's Jewish studio heads in the 1930's -- as Adolph Hitler was taking power and creating Germany's anti-Semitic Nazi regime. They agree on one thing: Hitler thought Hollywood had created the world's greatest propaganda machine.

Guests:
Ben Urwand, Harvard University
Steven Ross, University of Southern California

The Collaboration

Ben Urwand

Making News California about to Have the Highest Minimum Wage in Nation 7 MIN, 27 SEC

The bill has yet to pass both houses in Sacramento, but Governor Brown says, if it does, he’ll sign it. It would raise the minimum wage in California from $8 to $10 by January of 2016. Both sides have lobbied hard.

Guests:
Jot Condie, California Restaurant Association
Yvonne Walker, SEIU (@seiu1000)

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