Photo: A performer takes part in an event titled "Science in the Square" which is used to highlight science and in particular, climate change in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S. May 31, 2017. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
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In an email from last year, which Donald Trump Jr. released today, he wrote “I love it” to news that Russians had damaging information on Hillary Clinton. We get reaction from Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about whether this is the collusion smoking gun. Schiff is the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
A New York Magazine story envisions a future of broiling and drowned cities if nothing is done on climate change. But some climate scientists say it’s “disaster porn” and counter-productive. We talk about the best way to convince people to take climate change seriously.
There are several explanations for why humans allegedly have a poor sense of smell. As humans began walking upright, smell became less important than sight. It’s been thought that since humans are logical creatures, we don’t need to rely on smell to direct our behavior and that our sight is more powerful than our smell. It turns out that those explanations are wrong.
In January 2006, Christine Pelisek was chatting up a source -- the LA Coroner -- to check on murders over the weekend. He mentioned there had been a large number of body dumping cases in recent years. She eventually got his list of cases, and broke the story of a serial killer in South Central LA. Pelisek chronicles how she got the story.
As LA’s restaurant scene continues to boom, East Coast chefs want in on the game. While some new arrivals embrace the West Coast’s laid back vibe, others don’t. We have a conversation about the new chefs in town, and what an east coast invasion could mean for LA food.
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Chloe Sevigny on playing a suspected axe murderer Since the ‘90s, Chloe Sevigny has acted in scores of TV shows and movies, including “Boys Don’t Cry,” which earned her an Oscar nomination. Now she’s starring in a new film about Lizzie Borden, who was suspected of murdering her father and stepmom in 1892.
How a White House staffer became a victim of the opioid crisis More than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses last year. Many more people are struggling with addiction and recovery. Former White House staffer Ryan Hampton spent 10 years as an addict. He’s now in long-term recovery.
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