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Hollywood agent accused of sexually abusing minors 8 MIN, 39 SEC

It’s been only a month since the Harvey Weinstein story broke. Every day there’s a new, horrible story. The latest allegations revolve around Tyler Grasham, a talent agent who represented child actors. Nine men have come forward to accuse him of assault, some when they were children.

Guests:
Gus Garcia-Roberts, LA Times (@GGarciaRoberts)

More:
Sex assault accusations against ex-APA agent renew concerns about alleged abuse of minors in Hollywood

Is sexual assault an individual pathology or a cultural problem? 13 MIN, 20 SEC

Renowned psychotherapist Esther Perel specializes in sex and couples therapy. She talks about what drives men to commit sexual assault, from rape to groping to exposing themselves in front of women. Is it an individual pathology, or something we -- as a culture -- teach?

Guests:
Esther Perel, psychotherapist; host of the podcast “Where Should We Begin?” (@EstherPerel)

With the fall of LAist, can local journalism make money? 8 MIN, 41 SEC

Local news site LAist is out of business, along with Gothamist and others. The owner said he couldn’t make money after the journalists voted to unionize. What does that mean for local news?

Guests:
Keith Plocek, Lecturer at USC Annenberg (@kplo)

'Thor: Ragnarok' and the importance of movie stars 13 MIN, 58 SEC

Our critics review “A Bad Moms Christmas,” starring Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn; “Thor: Ragnarok,” with Chris Hemsworth back as Thor, and directed by Taika Waititi of “Flight of the Conchords;” and “Lady Bird,” about the relationship between a mother and her strong-willed teenage daughter.

Guests:
William Bibbiani, Crave Online (@williambibbiani)
Amy Nicholson, Film Critic (@theamynicholson)

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