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U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed by the Taliban over the weekend in return for five high-level Taliban officials from Guantanamo. We look at the politics of the prisoner swap. Next, tomorrow is primary election day in L.A. What are the prospects for Republican challengers to Gov. Jerry Brown, two open county supervisor seats and sheriff? In our weekly TV segment, we discuss Netflix’s business model and Orange is the New Black. Then we look at a trend in medicine: the house call is making a comeback, and a new crop of mobile apps taps into that. Finally, with cars becoming more computerized, how do we protect ourselves from car hacking?

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Prisoner Swap 7 MIN, 39 SEC

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed over the weekend after being held for 5 years as a prisoner of war by the Taliban. In return, the U.S. released five high-level Taliban officials from Guantanamo. What do we know about the negotiations behind the swap? How was Sgt. Bergdahl captured by the Taliban in the first place?

Kevin Sieff, Washington Post (@ksieff)

Election Primer 8 MIN, 45 SEC

Tomorrow is primary election day. Voters will weigh in on which Republican will run for governor in November, who will land in the two open county supervisor seats and the newest sheriff of LA County.

Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (@LevinsonJessica)

'Orange Is The New Black' is Back 9 MIN, 23 SEC

Netflix has approved season 3 of Orange is the New Black before we’ve even had a chance to see season 2, which debuts on Friday. We talk about the Netflix model, and we take a look at the debuts of NBC’s Crossbones and AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire.

Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)
Sarah Mesle, Los Angeles Review of Books (@sunsetandecho)

House Calls in the Digital Age 13 MIN, 58 SEC

Feeling sick? What if you could order up a doctor the same way you order a pizza or an Uber ride? No schlepping to an office or emergency room, no long lines. Instead, with just a few taps of your touchscreen, a doctor shows up at your door. That’s the concept behind a growing number of house call mobile apps. A new one rolls out in Los Angeles and Orange counties this week.

Katherine Rosman, Wall Street Journal (@katierosman)
Sahba Ferdowsi, Medicast

Hacking Cars 7 MIN, 38 SEC

Have you ever rolled up your windows at night because you were worried about carjacking? Well, with cars becoming more and more computerized, we may need protection from the threat of car hacking.

Jose Pagliery, CNN Money (@Jose_Pagliery)

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