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Mel Gibson, Tiger Woods and other celebrities have had their careers interrupted by a 10-year-old gossip website, TV and radio show based in Los Angeles. Now TMZ has caused the sale of an NBA franchise and exposed NFL policies on domestic abuse that drew comments from the President and members of Congress. Is it also revealing the shortcomings of the mainstream media?

Also, Obamacare creates new treatment opportunities for drug and alcohol abuse. We’ll visit a Methadone clinic and a county jail. Plus, the elected LA school board votes to destroy internal emails after one year.

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LAUSD Votes to Destroy Staff Emails 7 MIN, 23 SEC

The elected LA school board has voted to destroy internal e-mails after just one year. This comes after reports from two-year old e-mails revealed that Superintendent John Deasy had meetings and discussions with Apple computers and curriculum publisher Pearson that led to a $500 million contract. Steve Zimmer is a member of the LAUSD board.

Guests:
Steve Zimmer, LA Unified School District; candidate for School Board District 4 seat (@lausd_zimmer)

TMZ Does It Again 11 MIN, 26 SEC

The Commissioner of the National Football League is now being asked to consider resigning by a US Senator. LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling had to get rid of his team. These are the consequences of the latest scoops by TMZ, the LA website, TV and radio show that started out with celebrity gossip, ruined several show-business and sports careers, and now appears to be focused on bigger game.

Guests:
Anne Helen Petersen, BuzzFeed (@annehelen)
John Diaz, San Francisco Chronicle (@JohnDiazChron)

Scandals of Classic Hollywood

Anne Helen Petersen

Obamacare Starts Bringing Relief for Drug Addicts 7 MIN, 53 SEC

Since the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, 2.2 million Californians are covered by the state’s expanded Medi-Cal program. Some of the beneficiaries seldom talked about are people addicted to drugs and alcohol. KCRW’s Evan George reports.

Guests:
Evan George, Senior Editor, On-Air (@evanlgeorge)

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