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California’s June 7 primary is around the corner. While the focus has been at the top of the ticket, there are other races and other candidates on the ballot. What should be on your radar? When Governor Jerry Brown ran for President in 1992, he sounded more like Bernie Sanders in his race against Bill Clinton. But he’s now endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton. Will his endorsement matter? Then, can grit be cultivated? Some public schools in states like California think so and they’ve incorporated grit in classroom teachings and are even grading children on it. And finally, nearly 40 years after the original Roots miniseries, how relevant is the remake?

A Look Ahead to June, Beyond the Top of the Ticket 10 MIN, 50 SEC

The big story in California this week is the June 7 primary election. While the focus has been at the top of the ticket, there are other races and other candidates on the ballot. Kamala Harris remains, by far, the frontrunner in the race to fill Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate seat. Also retiring is Lois Capps, who will vacate her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Capps may not be the most familiar name to Angelenos, but these LA politicians who are either being termed out or are running for new offices probably are: Janice Hahn, Don Knabe, Mike Antonovich, and Mark Ridley-Thomas. What other races should be on voters’ radars?

Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (@LevinsonJessica)

Gov. Brown Is 'Impressed' with Sanders, But Endorses Clinton 7 MIN, 17 SEC

California Governor Jerry Brown endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for President Tuesday. When Governor Brown ran for President himself in 1992, he actually sounded more like Bernie Sanders, and in fact, he played that role against his then-opponent Bill Clinton. So why did he endorse a Clinton today for the Democratic nomination? And will his, or any other endorsements for that matter, make a difference this year?

David Karol, University of Maryland, Author

The Party Decides

Marty Cohen

Can 'Grit' Be Cultivated? 14 MIN, 36 SEC

Bestselling author John Irving got a C- in English. Hall-of-Fame quarterback Steve Young started his college career as an eighth-string quarterback at Brigham Young University. The astronomer Copernicus was believed to have just a slightly above average IQ. And yet, despite these seemingly inauspicious beginnings, each of these individuals possessed a quality that propelled them to greatness: perseverance – or grit as it’s now being called. Psychologist Angela Duckworth defines grit as “sticking with things over the very long term until you master them.” Furthermore, she believes grit can be cultivated. That’s why some public schools in states like California have incorporated grit in classroom teachings and some are even grading children on it. The idea is that teaching kids to be grittier – to persevere and not give up when the going gets tough, or the math problem seems unsolvable – may help them academically and in life.

Angela Duckworth, Author


Angela Duckworth

The Relevance of the 'Roots' Remake 13 MIN, 41 SEC

Nearly four decades ago, the ABC miniseries Roots was a cultural sensation. Half of all households with televisions tuned in for the finale. Airing a decade after the Civil Rights Movement, for many whites it was the first time they really understood slavery on a visceral level, and the lasting effects it had. A new version of Roots is airing this week on the A&E’s History channel. How does the remake compare with the original? How does it depict slavery differently from the 1977 original?

Todd Boyd, University of Southern California (@DrToddBoyd)
Eric Deggans, NPR (@Deggans)

History channel

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