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Despite the happy memories of childhoods long ago, more and more California beach cities are getting rid of fire pits on the sand.  Newport Beach is the latest to impose a ban.  Is it really about air quality, child safety and public liability—or rich newcomers who want the beach all to themselves? Also tonight… a cross-country tour of parents wanting an End the War on Drugs passes through Olvera Street in downtown LA. Later on…Paul Ryan and the Nature of the Presidential Campaign.

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Katie Cooper
Christian Bordal

Making News Helen Gurley Brown Dead at 90 9 MIN, 1 SEC

One of America’s most controversial writers and editors died in New York this morning at the age of 90.  Helen Gurley Brown published “Sex and the Single Girl” in 1962 and was the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine for 32 years.  She was hailed as a champion of women’s rights and denounced by feminist leaders, including Gloria Steinem. 

Guests:
Jennifer Scanlon, Author of Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown

Main Topic Southern California’s Beach Firepits: Should They Stay or Go? 11 MIN, 5 SEC

One of America’s most controversial writers and editors died in New York this morning at the age of 90.  Helen Gurley Brown published “Sex and the Single Girl” in 1962 and was the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine for 32 years.  She was hailed as a champion of women’s rights and denounced by feminist leaders, including Gloria Steinem. 

Guests:
Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times (@geholland)
Nancy Gardner, Mayor of the City of Newport Beach

Reporter's Notebook Moms United to Reform Drug Policy 5 MIN, 38 SEC

A cross-country tour that began on the Mexican border arrived today on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles.  Mexican poet Javier Sicilia is leading a caravan to Washington, calling attention to the billions of dollars spent annually on the so-called “war on drugs,” with no evidence of any lasting effect on either supply or demand.  In Mexico, the death toll from President Calderon’s battles with drug cartels is more than 50,000.  In the US, as LA Times columnist Steve Lopez points out, there are tens of thousands lost every year, “to addiction, prison and death by overdose.”

Guests:
Gretchen Burns Bergman, Lead Organizer of Moms United to End The War on Drugs

Main Topic Is Paul Ryan the Right Choice for Mitt Romney? 23 MIN, 45 SEC

Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate has invigorated both Republicans and Democrats. It brings their differences about the role of government into sharper focus—which carries risks as well as benefits for both presidential campaigns.

Will Romney have to defend the most radical elements of Ryan’s budget? Will Obama appear even more as if he’s defending an unsatisfactory status quo?

Last night on “60 Minutes,” Mitt Romney said his choice of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate was nothing sudden - but the result of a process that’s taken some time.

We’ll learn more about Paul Ryan and what he’ll bring to the campaign trail. What’s his likely impact on close contests for the Senate and Congress?

Guests:
Jim Rutenberg, New York Times (@jimrutenberg)
Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post (@JRubinBlogger)
Ed Kilgore, Democratic Strategist (@ed_kilgore)
Wayne Slater, Dallas Morning News (@WayneSlater)
Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle (@cmarinucci)

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