Pornography is a big industry, especially in Southern California. It claims to generate $1 billion to $2 billion and provide as many as 10,000 jobs. But it's the few hundred performers who are the targets of Measure B on next month's LA County ballot. It would require condoms for all male performers, in the interests of preventing the spread of sexually transmitted disease. What would it take to enforce the new law? Would there still be an audience for the films? Would the industry leave town, taking away all those jobs? Would it work, or would a legal industry be pushed underground where the risks would be even greater? Public health and medical organizations support it, but it's divided business interests — and the performers themselves. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the missing issues in the presidential campaign.
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Measure B on next month's LA County ballot would require all male performers in pornographic films to wear condoms. Producers would need to acquire permits, and the fees would be used to finance enforcement. But the performers are divided.
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If you're frustrated by the limited number of issues in this year's presidential campaign, you are not alone. For the first time since the election of 1988, the issue of climate change was not raised in any of this year's presidential or vice presidential debates. Do voters know what either candidate wants to do about climate change, Mexico's drug wars, the Eurozone or gun control? Are increasingly polarized voters making their choices on party lines, without knowing where their own candidates really stand?
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John Fialka, ClimateWire
Shanto Iyengar, Stanford University
Greg Mitchell, The Nation (@GregMitch)
Joshua Trevino, Texas Public Policy Foundation (@jstrevino)
James Rainey, Variety (@raineytime)