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Several ballot propositions seem to be reversing California’s “tough on crime” narrative. Prop 57 would allow early parole for inmates who’ve committed nonviolent crimes. Prop 64 would legalize marijuana and release some people who are serving time for marijuana-related offenses.

Our film critics discuss Marvel’s Dr. Strange, a film about the couple behind the Supreme Court decision legalizing interracial marriage, and Mel Gibson’s portrait of a conscientious objector serving in World War II.

Photo: Heather Katsoulis.

How Calif. props could reverse the effects of tough-on-crime laws 5 MIN

Prop 57 would allow early parole for inmates who’ve committed nonviolent crimes. Prop 64 would legalize marijuana and release some people who are serving time for marijuana-related offenses. Both measures play into a broader narrative that California has had over the past few year that “tough on crime” may be too tough.

Guests:
John Myers, Los Angeles Times (@johnmyers)
Michael B. Salerno, Professor, Director

Lobbyists influencing how secretaries of state write ballot initiatives 5 MIN

Secretaries of state can have a big hand in writing ballot questions, which are meant to give voters a direct voice in state policies. A new report shows big corporate lobbying firms are now trying to target these elected officials with campaign donations, weekend outings and secret meetings to influence how those ballot questions are written.

Guests:
Robert Faturechi, ProPublica (@RobertFaturechi)

“Moonlight” draws on the real life of its director Barry Jenkins 5 MIN

Critics are calling “Moonlight” one of the best films of the year. It tells the story of Chiron, a poor, gay African-American in Miami. We see Chiron as a child bullied by his classmates and raised by a mother addicted to crack; as a teenager exploring masculinity and love in a world mostly devoid of both; and as an adult performing an identity that helps him deal with his pain at the expense of his true self.

Guests:
Barry Jenkins, filmmaker (@BarryJenkins)

Rating new Marvel and Mel Gibson movies 5 MIN

Our film critics look at Dr. Strange, the new marvel movie; Loving, which follows the couple behind the Supreme Court decision legalizing interracial marriage; and Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, about a conscientious objector serving in World War II.


Dr. Strange trailer


Loving trailer


Hacksaw Ridge trailer

Guests:
Matt Atchity, Rotten Tomatoes (@Matchity)
Todd Gilchrist, Film critic (@mtgilchrist)

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