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The Emmy nominations were announced this morning; we look at Emmy campaigns and the reality TV category. Next, we get a preview of this Sunday’s World Cup final between Germany and Argentina with the comedy-sports duo the Sklar Brothers. Then, California’s drought continues to drag on. We look at two water-related stories: A new lawsuit against the Department of Water and Power’s union and a state proposal for new water restrictions. Finally, host Madeleine Brand stepped outside the studio recently to meet with a group of Venice high school students with family members in prison.

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Are Emmy Campaigns Out of Control? 8 MIN, 37 SEC

The Emmy nominations were announced this morning, without many surprises. But there was an awful lot of jockeying for position leading up to this morning’s announcements. While movies are known for elaborate Oscar campaigns, Emmy campaigns are getting to be a big deal as well.

Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)

Reality TV 7 MIN, 8 SEC

News around the Emmy announcements generally focuses on best drama, best actors, and high-budget shows. But more Americans watch reality TV than True Detective. We look at the state of reality TV in 2014 and what it says about our culture.

Michael O'Connell, Hollywood Reporter (@mikeylikestv)

World Cup Fever 11 MIN, 13 SEC

It’s down to two teams! Germany and Argentina are headed to the World Cup Championship game this weekend. Germany’s trouncing of Brazil was the most lopsided win in a World Cup semifinal. And Argentina only beat the Netherlands in penalty kicks. The Sklar Brothers join us to talk World Cup and other sports news.

Randy Sklar, comedian and sports commentator (@SklarBrothers)
Jason Sklar, comedian and sports commentator (@SklarBrothers)

Water Funds Fight 5 MIN, 26 SEC

Some 40 million dollars of rate payer money has been squirreled away in two mysterious funds controlled by the Department of Water and Power’s union. The head of that union, Brian D’Arcy, has refused to disclose how the money is being spent. So now City Attorney Mike Feuer has sued to get a court-appointed receiver to take over the funds.

Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney (@Mike_Feuer)

Water Fines 5 MIN, 18 SEC

The state wants to create emergency drought regulations. The new rules would ban wasteful watering -- cutting back on things like hosing down driveways and sidewalks, lawn sprinklers and car washing. If adopted, the rules would impose fines as expensive as 500 dollars for unnecessary water use. What could it mean for Angelenos?

Stephanie Pincetl, California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA (@stephaniepincet)

Teens With Family in Prison 8 MIN, 18 SEC

We visit a dilapidated high school class room where students gather to discuss one of the most painful aspects of their lives: Their family members who are in prison.

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