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Today, we start with a look at the football showdown shaping up in Los Angeles. There are competing plans to bring an N.F.L team and stadium to the city; will any of them actually come to fruition? We also hear from a couple of hometown football fans about the heartbreak of being a Rams supporter in L.A. Then, continuing a weeklong series spotlighting this year’s Oscar nominated documentaries, we hear about the making of Citizenfour, a film about Edward Snowden and his NSA revelations. In our weekly film segment, it’s Oscar time. But this time, we’re not talking about the films. Instead, it’s all about the strange voting process. And finally, a food writer talks about why she’s declaring Los Angeles a superior pastrami city to New York.

Banner Image: Rams on offense at St. Louis

Stadium Pandemonium 9 MIN, 42 SEC

Today, the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers announced that they plan to build a stadium together in the City of Carson. In a press conference this morning, the N.F.L. and Carson laid out plans for a stadium, right across the 405 freeway from Ikea. Of course, this isn’t the only NFL stadium plan in town. Stan Kroenke, owner of the St. Louis Rams, has bought land in Inglewood, next to the Forum, and has been talking about building a stadium there and bringing the Rams back to L.A. Are we about to go from zero to three NFL teams?

Vincent Bonsignore, Los Angeles Daily News (@DailyNewsVinny)

Too soon for spiking the football in Carson; Latest NFL stadium plan faces long road

To Be An L.A. Rams Fan 7 MIN, 17 SEC

To be a hometown football fan in Los Angeles carries with it a special kind of heartbreak. We hear from a couple of fans about the ups and downs over the years, and their thoughts on the latest stadium and team plans.

Christopher Grisanti, photographer from Monrovia and a lifelong Rams fan
Andrew Hogan, Bring Back the Los Angeles Rams

'Citizenfour' 14 MIN, 51 SEC

In May of 2013, Edward Snowden flew to Hong Kong and quietly ensconced himself in a room in an upscale hotel. He wanted to be outside the reach of American authorities when he released his huge cache of explosive, top secret documents. The documents exposed the U.S. government’s domestic spying programs. Eight days later, Snowden fled to Russia. Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras were with Snowden in Hong Kong for much of that week. Last year, Poitras released a full-length documentary about Snowden and the government’s spy programs called Citizenfour. We discuss the film as part of our weeklong series on this years Oscar-nominated documentaries.

Matt Holzman, Producer, 'The Document' (@KCRW_Matt)

Film: The Strange World of Oscar Voters 10 MIN, 32 SEC

We’ve picked apart the Oscar-nominated films at length. So, this week in our Friday film segment, we dissect the Oscars themselves. Turns out, the films that get the most votes for Best Picture don’t necessarily win. Also, how does one become an Academy voter in the first place? The big show is this Sunday, and the decisions that lead up to it can sometimes be mystifying. We break it down.

Kyle Buchanan, Editor (@kylebuchanan)

Pastrami City 7 MIN, 21 SEC

There’s a scene in the last season of Mad Men in which Don Draper visits L.A., from New York City, meets his partner Pete for Lunch at Canter’s Deli, and is shocked by the way the restaurant serves coleslaw directly on top of its pastrami sandwiches. If that was a shocker by 1969 standards, Campbell and Draper would flip out to see what’s on the menu in 2015. We delve into L.A.’s pastrami scene with a guest who dares to suggest the West Coast does it better.

Katherine Spiers, LA Weekly; Producer of Smarth Mouth (@katherinespiers)

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