We start with a look at the powerful storm headed for Southern California. Could it make a dent in the drought, and can we expect wetter weather in the years and even decades to come? Then, a behind-the-scenes look at the wheeling and dealing over a drought relief bill. Next, a sobering new report on sexual assault in the military adds momentum to an effort to take such cases out of the chain of command. Then we take a look at the small, elite group of lawyers behind a disproportionate number of U.S. Supreme Court cases. Are the justices practicing favoritism? And finally, the rise and fall of Abercrombie & Fitch C.E.O. Mike Jeffries and how he compares to other eccentric and controversial American clothing makers.
FROM THIS EPISODE
A powerful storm that’s headed our way is already flooding parts of the Bay Area: Power is out in parts of San Francisco and hundreds of flights are cancelled. Will it make a dent in the drought? And what kind of rainfall can we expect in the years and decades to come? A new study from UCLA looks at those questions..
Alex Hall, UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
The House of Representatives passed a drought relief bill earlier this week that would pave the way for water from Northern California to be diverted to Southern California and the Central Valley during winter storms. We look at the behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing over the bill, the fight heating up between agribusiness and environmentalists, and why the measure is likely to stall in the midst of it all.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is promising new legislation that would take the prosecution of military sexual assaults out of the chain of command. Her efforts are gaining momentum in light of a new Pentagon report on military sexual assault. The Pentagon found that there were nearly 6,000 sexual assaults this year, or 16 a day. It also found that a majority of victims experienced some form of retaliation. So what happens next?
Helen Benedict, Professor of journalism at Columbia University and author of “Sand Queen” and “Virgin or Vamp: How the Press Covers Sex Crimes.”
The Supreme Court seems to have added a new criterion when deciding whether to take a case. It’s not just the merits of the case itself, but the lawyer who’s bringing it. According to a new investigation by Reuters, a small group of elite lawyers who represent big business interests is much more likely than other attorneys to have their cases heard by the Supreme Court.
Mike Jeffries, the controversial C.E.O. of Abercrombie & Fitch, has stepped down. During the recession, Jeffries was unable to adapt to the rise of fast fashion houses like H&M and Forever21, leaving shareholders unhappy. We look at Jeffries’ sordid reputation and how he fits in with a line of outlandish leaders of American clothing companies.
More From Press Play with Madeleine Brand
Inside the Walmart that's now a shelter for migrant children President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy has led to more than 1300 kids being separated from their families at the border. Many of those kids end up in government shelters. A Walmart in Brownsville, Texas has been converted into a shelter called Casa Padre. We learn what life is like inside. We also speak with a man who quit his job at an Arizona shelter after being forced to tell kids they can’t hug.
What the AT&T and Time Warner merger means for Hollywood A federal judge Tuesday approved the merger between AT&T and Time Warner. This rebuffs President Trump’s efforts to block the $85 billion deal. This new AT&T-Time Warner company would own CNN, the library of HBO, and wireless and satellite TV services across the country.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Curious Coast: One listener’s personal connection to City Hall A few weeks ago, Curious Coast set out to investigate a question of your choosing and followed your lead to a particularly iconic Los Angeles structure: City Hall. The question… Read More