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We start with the final three decisions from the current Supreme Court session. The justices ruled against the EPA on limiting toxic emissions from power plants, and upheld independent redistricting commissions and the use of an execution drug. Then, we discuss the legacies of outgoing L.A. City Council members Tom LaBonge and Bernard Parks. In our weekly TV roundup we look at NBC’s Hannibal, recently cancelled, and Amazon’s Catastrophe, just renewed. Finally, KCRW in Berlin: Madeleine sits down with the U.S. Ambassador to Germany to discuss NSA spying and the Greek financial crisis, and navigates Berlin’s divided history through architecture, from Checkpoint Charlie to the Berlin City Palace.

Banner Image: Before the Air Pollution Control Act of 1955, air pollution was not considered a national environmental problem. (Photo was taken prior to installation of emission controls equipment)

SCOTUS Rules on Air Pollution and more 11 MIN, 19 SEC

The Supreme Court released the last three decisions of its current session today. The justices blocked EPA rules limiting toxic emissions from power plants, and they upheld independent redistricting commissions and the use of an execution drug. The court split 5 to 4 in all three cases, with Justice Kennedy, as usual, acting as the swing vote.

Dahlia Lithwick, Slate (@dahlialithwick)

Outgoing L.A. City Council Members 6 MIN, 57 SEC

A new era begins this week for the L.A. City Council: the two newest LA Council members take their seats, replacing two of the oldest. David Ryu and Marqueece Harris-Dawson take over for Tom LaBonge and Bernard Parks, who are both retiring after more than 40 years in city government. It’s hard to think of two more different politicians: LaBonge, the genial team player and Parks, the sharp contrarian. What are their legacies? And what’s in store at city hall after they’re gone?

David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times (@DavidZahniser)

First & Spring Parks and LaBonge, on their way out, are a contrast in styles

TV Roundup: 'Hannibal' Cancelled, Amazon's 'Catastrophe' 7 MIN, 43 SEC

In our weekly television roundup, we look at two British-American collaborations, one cancelled and one renewed. Last week, NBC announced it’s cancelling the fan favorite Hannibal. Meanwhile, the British rom-com Catastrophe, distributed here via Amazon, is being renewed for a second season.

Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)
Liz Shannon Miller, Indiewire (@lizlet)

KCRW in Berlin: Q&A with the American Ambassador to Germany 9 MIN, 30 SEC

John Emerson is the American Ambassador to Germany. Madeleine Brand speaks with Emerson at the U.S. embassy in Berlin about the Greek debt crisis and the role the U.S. can play. They also discuss NSA spying, a sensitive issue in Berlin with the history of the East German secret police - the Stasi.

What used to be a baroque palace is now a shell of its former self. And the rebuilding and restoring of the building has brought up a debate over how much the past should dictate the future.

The dome of Berlin's national parliamentary building is made of glass, a symbol of the government's transparency. Ambassador John Emerson works closely with German lawmakers on issues related to the Eurozone.

John Emerson, U.S. Ambassador to Germany

KCRW in Berlin: Reuniting a Divided City 14 MIN, 25 SEC

Berlin is intimately familiar with divides. The Wall fell a quarter of a century ago, but Berliners are still grappling with questions of how much to let the past dictate the future. Frances Anderton—host of KCRW’s Design & Architecture—gave us a tour of some Berlin locations that speak to these questions, from Checkpoint Charlie to the Berlin City Palace.

Checkpoint Charlie
Photo: Norbert Aepli

Frances Anderton, Host, 'DnA: Design & Architecture' (@FrancesAnderton)

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