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How tax laws make it easy to pass down wealth in America 8 MIN, 53 SEC

The New York Times on Tuesday published a giant investigation saying Trump and his siblings established a “sham corporation to disguise millions of dollars in gifts from their parents.” It also says the now-president helped his dad make improper tax deductions. We learn more, and look at the ways wealthy families pass down big money to their kids.

Guests:
David Cay Johnston, Daily Beast / Investipedia / DC Report (@DavidCayJ)

What are some of California’s most important new laws? 8 MIN, 31 SEC

Governor Jerry Brown has signed more than 1000 new bills into California law. The bulk of them take effect at the start of next year. They include the nation’s toughest net neutrality law, stricter gun control measures, and a few bills inspired by the #MeToo movement.

Guests:
John Myers, Los Angeles Times (@johnmyers)

More:
California lawmakers wrote 1,016 new laws this year. Here's some of what did and didn't make it

Government report finds serious health care problems at Adelanto detention facility 6 MIN, 22 SEC

On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General released a scathing report on the Adelanto detention facility in San Bernardino. Thousands of migrants have been held there since it opened in 2011. During a surprise visit to the facility, feds found nooses made of bedsheets in 15 to 20 cells. A staff dentist suggested detainees floss their teeth with string from their socks. It took months or years to get a medical/dental appointment, and sometimes that appointment was suddenly canceled.

Guests:
Michael Kaufman, ACLU Foundation of Southern California

More:
Management Alert – Issues Requiring Action at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center in Adelanto, California

‘Above and Beyond’ celebrates NASA’s 60th anniversary 13 MIN, 21 SEC

In 1962, John F. Kennedy tried getting Americans to support NASA’s moon mission. NASA was only four years old at the time. The agency succeedd in getting astronauts to the moon, but what’s overlooked about the historic achievement is that from the moon, we were able to study earth like never before. JFK’s niece is sharing what NASA has learned about Earth in a new film called “Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow.”

Guests:
Rory Kennedy, Director, 'Last Days of Vietnam'

What is ASMR and why is it catching on? 11 MIN, 6 SEC

Have you ever heard a sound that made your body tingle or relax? Some YouTube videos are trying to accomplish that. The videos show people whispering, brushing their hair, tapping on furniture, gently chewing things. These sounds are part of ASMR: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. This internet subculture is getting increasingly mainstream.

Guests:
Rosie Spinks, Quartz (@rojospinks)

More:
THE BBC IS GETTING INTO ASMR

CREDITS

Jerry Brown in Oakland, California on November 1, 2010. Image by Steve Rhodes.

Hosts:
Madeleine Brand
Duarte Geraldino

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney
Michell Eloy
Amy Ta
Christian Bordal
Quinn O'Toole
Yael Even Or
Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir

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