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Photo: Outgoing Press Secretary Sean Spicer waves as he walks into the White House in Washington, U.S., July 21, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

The legality -- or illegality -- of pardoning your family or yourself 9 MIN, 6 SEC

The White House is reportedly looking into the president’s pardoning powers when it comes to his aides, family, and himself; and Trump’s lawyers are reportedly exploring ways to undercut the Dept. of Justice’s Russia investigation by finding conflicts of interest among Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigators.

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

More:
Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation
Trump Aides, Seeking Leverage, Investigate Mueller’s Investigators

Will a new communications director make Trump stop tweeting? 7 MIN, 6 SEC

Sean Spicer resigned today after President Trump named hedge fund millionaire Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House Communications Director. Will that change the White House?

Guests:
Molly Ball, Time Magazine (@mollyesque)

More:
Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary

The effort to get a Paul Walker statue on San Clemente Pier 1 MIN, 50 SEC

San Clemente Councilman Tim Brown refused two surfers’ request for a 12-foot-tall Paul Walker statue on the San Clemente Pier. Then the Orange County beach town had a lot more shark sightings and beach closures. So he bought a one-foot-tall Paul Walker figure on eBay, and now it sits at San Clemente City Hall.

Trump administration quietly cuts funds for teen pregnancy prevention programs 8 MIN, 19 SEC

The Department of Health and Human Services recently cut more than $213 million from teen pregnancy prevention programs nationwide. They were five-year grants that began during the Obama administration. Grantees were mostly professors or community health organizers. Some researchers in Los Angeles were shocked they were cut off with no notice.

Guests:
Jane Kay, Center for Investigative Reporting
Luanne Rohrbach, USC

More:
Trump administration suddenly pulls plug on teen pregnancy programs
Trump makes good on a threat to kill teen pregnancy prevention programs

How crowdsourcing bacteria samples can help develop new antibiotics 9 MIN, 21 SEC

The “Swab and Send” Facebook page features lots of pictures of petri dishes in various stages of color and fuzz. They are bacteria samples from the dirtiest places around the world. They’re part of an effort to fight drug resistant bacteria.

Guests:
Dr. Adam Roberts, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (@GCAGATGCAATG)

More:
Hunting for Antibiotics in the World’s Dirtiest Places
Swab and Send Facebook group

Can Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' rake it in at the box offices? 15 MIN, 10 SEC

What are the highlights from Comic Con? We also get reviews of “Dunkirk,” about an epic battle and troop evacuation in World War II; “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” a sci-fi thriller in which 1000 planets are threatened by a dark force; and “Landline,” an indie about a family in Manhattan.

Guests:
Kyle Buchanan, Editor (@kylebuchanan)
Tim Grierson, Film Critic (@TimGrierson)

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