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Volkswagen admits that it cheated on smog tests for almost a half-million diesel engines, with 50,000 to 60,000 in California alone. Company stock is already falling, fines could amount to $18 billion and all those vehicles will have to be retrofitted. That's if customers bring them in. Are they likely to do that when the whole point of the cheating was making the cars fun to drive?

Also, shedding light on "dark money" in political campaigns.

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World’s Biggest Auto Maker Caught Perpetrating a World-class Scam 12 MIN, 10 SEC

Volkswagen recently surpassed Toyota as the world's largest maker of automobiles.  That includes cars fitted with so-called "clean diesel" engines -- marketed not just as being green but also as being "fun to drive."  It turns out that those two things don't go together after all, and Volkswagen has admitted to cheating to make it seem like they do.

Guests:
Stanley Young, California Air Resources Board (@AirResources)
Kevin Tynan, Bloomberg Intelligence (@KevTynan10)

More:
Bloomberg on Volkswagen as target of a US criminal probe on emissions
Bloomberg on Volkswagen's disasterous American strategy

Shining a Light on Dark Money 8 MIN, 36 SEC

Last week, California's Fair Political Practices Commission — the FPPC — adopted new restrictions for what's called "dark money" in political campaigns. Next year, voters will be asked to crack down even harder. Bob Stern wrote the ballot measure that created the FPPC back in 1974 and he's pushing what's called the "Voters' Right to Know Act."

Guests:
Bob Stern, Center for Governmental Studies

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