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Photo: 113th Congress official portrait of Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-California)
Thomas Fire: Scope and economic impact 7 MIN, 56 SEC

The Thomas Fire has been burning for two weeks across Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties — and it’s still not over. One firefighter has died and hundreds of homes have been lost. This past weekend, fire crews battled heavy winds as the flames pushed toward residential areas.

Guests:
Ken Oplinger, Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce
Captain Stan Ziegler, Ventura County Fire Department

LA Congresswoman on GOP tax bill and fed's role in fire relief 8 MIN, 15 SEC

Representative Karen Bass of West LA talks about the federal government’s role in assisting with Thomas Fire relief. She also shares her perspective on the Republican tax bill, which could be voted on this week.

Guests:
Karen Bass, Congresswoman, 37th Congressional District of California (@RepKarenBass)

Federal judge resigns over sexual misconduct allegations 8 MIN, 38 SEC

Earlier today, one of the most prominent judges on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced he would resign immediately. Judge Alex Kozinski faces more than a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct. We also discuss whether President Trump is trying to remove Robert Mueller over the Russia investigation.

Guests:
Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (@LevinsonJessica)

More:
9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski steps down after accusations of sexual misconduct
Image of Cooperation Between White House and Mueller Starts to Fracture

When it comes to divorce, will joint custody become the norm? 8 MIN, 10 SEC

There’s a new push for equal time and joint custody for dads. Judges are reconsidering what’s called the “tender years doctrine,” which gives custody to the mother in cases of divorce.

Guests:
Michael Alison Chandler, Washington Post (@michaelalison)

More:
More than 20 states in 2017 considered laws to promote shared custody of children after divorce

Is brunch ruining humanity? 13 MIN

Brunch is a social ritual that’s inspired sweatshirts, think pieces and plenty of articles in the New York Times Styles section. It can happen anytime before 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. It often involves $18 scrambles, cheap champagne, and perhaps a Massive Attack re-mix. The authors of a new book argue that brunch is a time-squandering, soul-killing hellscape that’s ruining the essence of humanity.

Guests:
Brendan Francis Newnam, former host of “The Dinner Party Download,” and author of “Brunch is Hell: How to Save the World By Throwing a Dinner Party” (@BFNewnam)
Rico Gagliano, former host of “The Dinner Party Download,” and author of “Brunch is Hell: How to Save the World By Throwing a Dinner Party” (@RicoGagliano)

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