Photo: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) speaks with reporters ahead of the party luncheons on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 19, 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)
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Dianne Feinstein, the oldest serving U.S. Senator, wants another six years. She is “all in,” according to a tweet from her campaign. Polls show Californians are split as to whether she should seek a fifth full term. She’s 84 now.
The Trump administration continues to roll back key programs from the Obama presidency. On Friday, he got rid of guaranteed birth control coverage. Today, he scrapped the Clean Power Plan, which aimed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and push the energy industry toward cleaner sources. California continues to challenge the rollbacks.
The new documentary “Farewell Ferris Wheel” reveals that 80 percent of carnival workers in the U.S. come from Mexico -- mostly the village of Tlapacoyan. They work for eight months in the U.S. through the H-2B visa. Their hours are long and conditions are dangerous. The film also focuses on the man who processes most of the visas, a carnival owner, and labor activists. “Farewell Ferris Wheel” premieres October 10 on PBS, and is available for streaming starting October 11.
"Farewell Ferris Wheel" looks at Mexican migrant workers who make carnivals possible in the U.S.
(Photo courtesy of Latino Public Broadcasting)
Jamie Sisley, co-director of “Farewell Ferris Wheel”
New research shows a clear link between playing football and brain damage. The findings have a lot of parents wondering if they should let their kids play. Press Play visits a local youth league, where the debate is being played out.
Dr. Christopher Giza, neurologist, UCLA
The new Netflix documentary “What the Health” is made by two animal rights activists who argue that a vegan diet is the cure for all chronic diseases; that meat, dairy and fat cause those diseases; and nonprofits like the American Heart Association don’t want you to know the truth. Some of the claims in the film: One egg is as dangerous as five cigarettes, and eating processed meat is as bad as smoking. Some nutrition experts say this film is hyperbolic and not scientific.
More From Press Play with Madeleine Brand
The decline of American manufacturing During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump called out a steel manufacturer for closing a plant in Indiana and moving it to Mexico. The plant still closed and jobs were lost. We speak with a reporter who spent a year documenting the closing of the plant, and tells the story of one woman who worked her way up to supervisor and then had to train her Mexican replacement.
Why is it so hard to publish stories critical of powerful men? One of the main reasons the Harvey Weinstein stories didn’t get out sooner was that the Hollywood press couldn’t -- or wouldn’t -- publish them. KCRW’s Kim Masters has a story about another big executive: Amazon’s Roy Price.
Can Kevin de Leon unseat Sen. Dianne Feinstein? California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon announced his challenge to Senator Dianne Feinstein. He is capitalizing on a fury in the state against the president, and painting Feinstein as too accommodating of Trump.
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