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A school board race in West LA is on track to be the most expensive school board race in the nation. More than $5 million has been poured into the contest. Most of it is outside money. Some of it comes from big-name donors like Eli Broad. This race has become a stand-in for the charter versus traditional school debate. The two candidates join Press Play for a debate.
FBI Director James Comey said he felt “mildly nauseous” about perceptions that he may have influenced the presidential election. He testified on Capitol Hill six months after the election. Will we ever put it behind us?
Oral historian and author Jean Stein died Sunday of an apparent suicide in Manhattan. In her last book “West of Eden,” she told stories of five families who shaped LA, including her own family. Her father founded the media giant MCA in the 1920s. Stein’s works tackled the cult of celebrity, the loneliness of fame, and tensions between West Coast and East Coast ideas of success.
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Trevor Noah on his brand of political comedy On Tuesday night, Trevor Noah spoke to Omarosa Manigault Newman, who’s been on the TV circuit promoting her anti-Donald Trump book. Trevor Noah has hosted The Daily Show for nearly three years. Now he’s nominated for an Emmy for the first time. We talk about that Omarosa interview, and using comedy to affect politics.
How bees play a crucial role in our food chain Much of the food we eat -- fruit, vegetables, nuts -- are all pollinated by bees. But bees are dying, and their hives are disappearing. Bees now have to be sent around the country to pollinate crops. We learn more about the nature of bees, and what’s at stake if their numbers continue to plummet.
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