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Trump's former lawyer pleads guilty to breaking campaign finance law 4 MIN, 51 SEC

Michael Cohen admitted in court today that he broke campaign finance law “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office,” referring to Donald Trump. The violations relate to paying off porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal -- both of whom say they slept with Trump.

Guests:
Josh Barro, Host of Left, Right & Center (@jbarro)

Trump's former campaign manager convicted of fraud 6 MIN, 14 SEC

A jury today found Paul Manafort guilty on eight felony charges. They include tax fraud, bank fraud, and hiding a foreign bank account. The judge declared a mistrial on 10 other charges -- after the jury deadlocked. Still, the guilty verdicts are a big win for special counsel Robert Mueller, whose team of investigators brought the case. Manafort could face the rest of his life behind bars.

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

California is poised to get rid of cash bail 11 MIN, 2 SEC

The state assembly passed a bill on Monday that would eliminate money bail -- that means no more cash or bonds to get out. Low level offenders would be released. For serious crimes, judges would use a formula to decide who should be held or released pre-trial. We speak with the sponsor of the bill, who says it’s the toughest work he’s ever done; and hear from the ACLU, which is opposed to the bill.

Guests:
Bob Hertzberg, California State Senator (district 18), co-author of Senate Bill 10
Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, Deputy campaign manager of Yes on 5, Deputy State director in Southern California for the Drug Policy Alliance

More:
Effort to end cash bail in California clears major hurdle in Legislature

Journalist's harrowing story of being captured by Somali pirates 17 MIN, 44 SEC

For years, Somali pirates would hunt down and take control of international vessels, and demand ransom for the return of the ship and crew. In 2012, Michael Scott Moore was reporting on the prosecution of some of these Somali pirates in Hamburg, Germany when he decided to go to Somalia to interview some pirates and their families. Then Somali pirates kidnapped and held him for more than two and a half years.

Guests:
Michael Scott Moore, author of “The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Coast”

The Desert and the Sea

Michael Scott Moore

Madonna at the VMAs: Did she pay tribute to Aretha Franklin or herself? 8 MIN, 37 SEC

On Monday night at the MTV Video Music Awards, Madonna was asked to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin. But then she launched into a long story about her early days as a struggling artist. She recalled one audition where she was asked to sing something, wasn’t prepared, but knew Aretha Franklin’s song “Natural Woman” by heart. Twitter slammed Madonna for making it all about her -- while wearing a Moroccan outfit that some said was cultural appropriation.

Guests:
Ann Powers, NPR music critic, author of ”Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music” (@annkpowers)

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