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The LA City Council is meeting today to decide whether Mayor Garcetti should be authorized to sign an agreement with the US Olympic Committee. In preparation for the council meeting, a 200-page “bid book” was made public. It includes budget details—the projected cost is $5.8 billion—and plans for venues and the Olympic Village. City analysts also released their own report, which raises questions about the bid. Then, the fight over abortion rights has taken a new turn. More and more, anti-abortion activists are trying to uncover personal details about women who get abortions and doctors who perform them. Their tactics range from public records requests to dumpster diving outside abortion clinics. And now the fight is playing out in courts around the country. Finally, the infidelity dating site Ashley Madison has been trying to attract women, but close to zero percent of the site’s 37 million users were women.  

L.A. Olympic Bid 14 MIN, 35 SEC

The LA City Council is deciding whether Mayor Garcetti should be authorized to sign an agreement with the US Olympic Committee. In preparation for the council meeting, a 200-page “bid book” was made public. It includes budget details—the projected cost is $5.8 billion—and plans for venues and the Olympic Village. City analysts also released their own report, which raises questions about the bid.

Guests:
Ruben Gonzalez, LA Area Chamber of Commerce (@rubzg3)
Jack Humphreville, Department of Water and Power Advocacy Committee (@Jack90020)

Privacy and Abortion Rights 7 MIN, 56 SEC

The fight over abortion rights has taken a new turn. More and more, anti-abortion activists are trying to uncover personal details about women who get abortions and doctors who perform them. Their tactics range from public records requests to dumpster diving outside abortion clinics. This brings up all kinds of privacy concerns. And now the fight is playing out in courts around the country.

Guests:
Charles Ornstein, ProPublica (@charlesornstein)

More:
Activists Pursue Private Abortion Details Using Public Records Laws

Film Roundup: No Escape and More 15 MIN, 10 SEC

August is the new February, when it comes to movies. And thankfully, we’re nearing the end of this cinematic wasteland. We discuss the late August dumping ground on our weekly film round up.


Guests:
Dave White, Film Critic (@dlelandwhite)
Alonso Duralde, Film Critic (@ADuralde)

Were Any Women Using Ashley Madison? 8 MIN, 57 SEC

The infidelity dating site Ashley Madison has been trying to attract women users, but an analysis of the hacked data found that close to zero percent of the site’s 37 million users were women. And this morning, the company announced that CEO Noel Biderman had resigned.


Guests:
Annalee Newitz, Editor-in-Chief, io9.com

More:
Almost None of the Women in the Ashley Madison Database Ever Used the Site

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