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President Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton for president Thursday in a video released by the White House. This came shortly after the president met with Bernie Sanders. Sanders is already looking ahead to the Washington DC primary and the convention in July, but he also said that he’s interested in seeing the final result of the California primary first. In Los Angeles alone, there are still about 500,000 uncounted ballots. Why is that? LA County Registrar Recorder and County Clerk Dean Logan explains. Also, now that all but one of the primaries are out of the way, both parties have begun to craft their platforms. How will Sanders influence the Democratic Party platform? Then, what do Axl Rose and Barbra Streisand have in common? They’ve both tried to scrub the web of stuff they didn’t like. Next, we’ll speak with author Adam Haslett about his new novel titled “Imagine Me Gone,” a powerful story of a family trying to cope with mental illness. And finally, you now have to be 21 years old to buy tobacco products in California, unless you’re active duty military – the legal age remains 18 for military personnel. And though we usually think of 18 as the age one becomes an adult, that hasn’t always been the case.

Photo: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks with President Barack Obama to the Oval Office at the White House, June 9, 2016. (Gary Cameron/Reuters)

Why Are So Many Ballots Still Uncounted in California? 8 MIN, 50 SEC

After meeting with President Obama Thursday, Bernie Sanders told reporters outside of the White House that he looks forward to seeing the results of the California primary once all the ballots are counted. Millions of Californians voted in Tuesday’s primary election, but just how many millions, or who all those people voted for, is still unknown. There are still about 500,000 uncounted ballots in Los Angeles County alone – but that wasn’t unanticipated. Since more and more Californians are voting by mail, election officials expected the entire vote counting process to take weeks. The LA County Registrar Recorder and County Clerk Dean Logan, who is in charge of making sure all those ballots are counted accurately, joins Press Play.

Dean Logan, Los Angeles County (@lacountyrrcc)

Wednesday's big question: How many uncounted California ballots?

How Will Bernie Sanders Influence the Democratic Party Platform? 8 MIN, 20 SEC

One reason Bernie Sanders is pushing on until the Democratic Convention in July is his desire to shape the official Democratic party platform. Every four years, both parties hash out what they stand for in their official platforms. They are essentially party manifestos. Well, both sides began work on their platforms this week. Sanders hopes to push the Democratic platform further to the left. But do the platforms actually matter and do politicians adhere to them once they’re elected?

Julia Azari, Marquette University (@julia_azari)

What Axl Rose and Streisand Don’t Want You to See on the Internet 8 MIN, 53 SEC

What do Axl Rose and Barbra Streisand have in common? Well, they’ve both tried to scrub the web of stuff they didn’t like and failed miserably. In his fight, Axl Rose has invoked the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. What is that and who does it protect? And while Axl’s going after the web, the FBI is going after one of the world’s worst e-mail spammers who they say can send out a million obnoxious emails from his home in San Diego in less than 15 minutes. It’s our weekly web roundup with Xeni Jardin.

Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

'OJ: Made in America:' The Rise and Fall of a Hero Through the Lens of Race 15 MIN, 42 SEC

On October 3, 1995, more than 95 million people gathered in front of their TV's or radios to learn OJ Simpson's fate in what was dubbed "the trial of the century." And when the verdict was announced, the response on the streets in Downtown Los Angeles was immediate and it was visceral. To a majority of black Americans, the not-guilty verdict was a sign of the criminal justice system working for one of their own. To a majority of white Americans, the verdict was evidence of the justice system breaking down. At the time, more than 70 percent of African Americans thought OJ was innocent, while over 70 percent of whites thought he was guilty. The question of why that is is the subject of an upcoming five-part series called OJ: Made in America that examines the epic rise and fall of a hero through the lens of race.

From O.J.: Made in America.  Courtesy of ESPN Films 

From O.J.: Made in America.  Courtesy of ESPN Films

Ezra Edelman, documentary producer and director (@ezraedelman)

O.J.: Made In America

At What Age Are You an Adult? That Depends... 6 MIN, 10 SEC

Beginning June 8 in California, you have to be 21 to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products. That is, unless you’re active duty military. Military personnel can still buy cigarettes at age 18. Those men and women can go to war, after all, and if you’re male, you must register with the Selective Service on your eighteenth birthday. We all become adults when we turn 18, don’t we? Well, it depends on which benchmark you’re looking at, and which state you live in. And though we generally think of our eighteenth birthday as the day we transition to adulthood, that hasn’t always been the case.

Holly Brewer, University of Maryland

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Holly Brewer

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