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Starbucks has announced that it will offer free tuition for employees who take classes at Arizona State University’s online program. More than 20,000 African elephants were killed for their tusks last year. We discuss the status of poaching and the ivory trade. In our weekly TV roundup: Fargo, Game of Thrones, and Alex Trebek. We also talk to David Sax, the author of the new book Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue. And we talk to L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer who has sued some of LA’s biggest banks for predatory and racist lending practices and their role in the mortgage crisis.

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Starbucks Tuition 8 MIN, 15 SEC

Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz made a venti-sized announcement today for his more than 100,000 employees. The company will offer free tuition for employees who enroll in Arizona State University’s online program.

Goldie Blumenstyck, Chronicle of Higher Education (@GoldieStandard)

Ivory 7 MIN, 57 SEC

Satao, thought to be one of the world’s largest living elephants, has been found dead, shot with a poisoned arrow, in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park. It’s estimated that more than 20,000 elephants were killed by poachers in Africa in 2013, and that number is actually down from the previous year. Most of the raw ivory taken by poachers ends up in China. But the US is the world’s second largest market -- and California in particular is a big destination for contraband ivory products. We take a look at the Ivory market. Why has the demand for ivory increased lately?

Ellen O'Connell, Tusk USA

TV Roundup 9 MIN, 27 SEC

On our weekly TV roundup, it’s a big week for finales. Fargo is wrapping up its first, and possibly only, season on FX. Last night season four of Game of Thrones ended. The much-ballyhooed reality show I Wanna Marry Harry got the ax last week. And, after 30 years... Answer: Alex Trebek. Question: who is the longest-running host of a game show program?

Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)
Sarah Mesle, Los Angeles Review of Books (@sunsetandecho)

Who Are the "Tastemakers"? 13 MIN, 20 SEC

We talk to David Sax, author of the new book The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue.

David Sax, Journalist and Author (@saxdavid)

The Tastemakers

David Sax

LA City Attorney on Foreclosure Suit 7 MIN, 37 SEC

Many parts of Los Angeles are still feeling the effects of the mortgage crisis. In some neighborhoods, empty, foreclosed houses have become magnets for trash and crime. And L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer says the big banks are to blame. His lawsuit against JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup and Wells Fargo alleges that the banks engaged in predatory and racist lending practices that hurt L.A. borrowers, and ultimately the city’s finances.

Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney (@Mike_Feuer)

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