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What if Trump fires the U.S. Attorney General? 9 MIN, 12 SEC

Over the weekend, President Trump again attacked the FBI and Jeff Sessions on Twitter. Trump has been at war with his attorney general ever since Sessions recused himself from the investigation into Russian meddling. Is he laying the groundwork to fire Sessions?

Guests:
Jeremy Stahl, Slate

More:
Did Donald Trump Just Get the Green Light to Fire Jeff Sessions?

States seek freedom to fire employees based on their LGBT status 8 MIN, 16 SEC

More than a dozen states have asked the Supreme Court to limit protections for LGBT people. Led by Nebraska, they want companies to be able to fire their employees based on their sexual orientation. Also, a seat on the California Supreme Court has been vacant for almost a year and a half now. Why hasn’t Governor Jerry Brown filled it?

Guests:
Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (@LevinsonJessica)

LA gamer among victims in Sunday's Jacksonville shooting 7 MIN, 25 SEC

There was a mass shooting on Sunday at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. Participants were playing the football game “Madden.” One of the gamers stood up and started shooting, injuring nine people and killing two, including 22-year-old Elijah Clayton, who grew up in West Hills, near Calabasas.

Guests:
Will Partin, Variety

Playing a murderous drug cartel leader in 'Better Call Saul,' Giancarlo Esposito draws on yoga 16 MIN, 22 SEC

Giancarlo Esposito plays Gus Fring on “Better Call Saul” and its much beloved predecessor “Breaking Bad.” Fring is Albuquerque's favorite fried chicken magnate. But his true character is a ruthless crystal meth kingpin. The fourth season of “Better Call Saul” started a few weeks ago. Esposito promises we’ll learn more about the mysterious Gus over the next few episodes.

Guests:
Giancarlo Esposito, actor

How tobacco companies are using Instagram to make smoking look cool 6 MIN, 12 SEC

The tobacco industry is now using social media to market cigarettes and vaping products. The industry agreed to stop selling to young people years ago -- at least in the U.S. So is it breaking those promises? And where do new products like Juul fit in?

Guests:
Sheila Kaplan, NY Times

CREDITS

Actor Giancarlo Esposito at KCRW. Photo by Amy Ta.

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney
Michell Eloy
Amy Ta
Christian Bordal
Quinn O'Toole
Yael Even Or

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