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Proposition 64 would legalize recreational marijuana in California for people over the age of 21. But marijuana dispensary owners are divided over whether or not to support the ballot initiative.

Wikileaks has inserted itself into the presidential election this year. Each day, the organization drops a new batch of hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief John Podesta.

A new book charts the meteoric rise of an African American opera singer from poverty to the Metropolitan Opera. Sing for Your Life tells the story of Ryan Speedo Green.

Los Angeles is all about the breakfast burrito, but the breakfast taco is starting to get attention as well.

Photo courtesy of David/Flickr 

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Michell Eloy
Amy Ta

Prop 64: A voter’s guide to legal weed 16 MIN, 26 SEC

Voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana for people over the age of 21. If Prop 64 passes, you could grow up to six plants in your home and you could possess 28 grams of marijuana. But you could only smoke or eat it in a private home or a place with a special permit. Recent polls show that voters support the measure by a wide margin. But some of the people who stand to make the most money from Prop 64 have reservations. Growers are split on the proposition as are some dispensary owners.

*The explanation of criminal penalties provided in this interview was unclear and easily misinterpreted to overstate the actual penalties written into Prop 64. This chart explains Prop 64's criminal penalties.

Guests:
Beau Kilmer, RAND Drug Policy Research Center (@beaukilmer)
Brett Vapnek, Business owner
Lanette Davies, Business owner

Inside the Clinton Wikileaks emails 9 MIN, 15 SEC

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has promised to dump thousands more hacked emails from the Clinton campaign in the coming weeks. For the last week and a half, Wikileaks has dropped a new batch of emails every day. They come from the private gmail account of Clinton campaign chief John Podesta. So far we’ve seen juicy political gossip, behind-the-scenes strategy sessions and Podesta’s secret for cooking the perfect risotto. But what’s next?

Guests:
Josh Gerstein, Politico (@joshgerstein)

'Sing for Your Life' 15 MIN, 10 SEC

Ryan Speedo Green grew up in a trailer park in Southeastern Virginia. His dad was gone. His mom often beat him and his brother. When he was 12, Green spent time in a juvenile detention center for threatening his mother with a knife. His childhood did not set him up for much of a future, but Green grew up to become a gifted opera singer. When he was 24 years old, he beat out 1200 other singers in a national opera competition. Now, he is a star at the Met, one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world. The story of Green’s journey from trailer park to opera house is the topic of a new book by Daniel Bergner, Sing for Your Life.

Guests:
Daniel Bergner, Author

Sing for Your Life

Daniel Bergner

Where are the best breakfast tacos in LA? 5 MIN, 57 SEC

The breakfast burrito is a Los Angeles staple. But the breakfast taco is quickly gaining ground. It’s the battle you didn’t know about, between two delicious tortilla-wrapped meals. And LA eaters have surprisingly strong feelings about it.

Guests:
Katherine Spiers, LA Weekly; Producer of Smarth Mouth (@katherinespiers)

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