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The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Texas law that requires an ID to vote. Critics, including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, say it will keep hundreds of thousands of voters away from the polls. Plus, It’s out with the swipe and in with the tap, as Apple Pay launches today. In our weekly TV segment, we talk about Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Oscars and the launch of NBC’s “Marry Me.” And a new book attempts to unravel the mysteries of Andy Kaufman’s life and death. Finally, we look at a study that says the people who rate films may be getting desensitized to violence.

Banner Image: Andy Kaufman performs his Mighty Mouse routine on Saturday Night Live

Voter ID Laws 8 MIN, 38 SEC

Early voting started in Texas today, where voters have to show id -- such as a driver’s license, a military ID, or a gun license. A couple of weeks ago, that state’s voter ID law was struck down as unconstitutional by a federal judge. But at 5am on Saturday, the Supreme Court  reversed that decision. There was no statement, except for a 6 page dissent from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who said hundreds of thousand of Texas voters may be prevented from voting because they don’t have the required identification.

Rick Hasen, University of California, Irvine (@rickhasen)

Phones are the New Credit Cards 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Apple launches a new service today that lets people use their iPhone 6 to pay for things instead of their credit cards. Some technology watchers say it will be a game changer for the way we pay for everything, from coffee to an Uber ride.

Donna Tam, covers e-commerce for C-NET (@DonnaYTam)

Apple Pay Site

Shrinking the Big Screen 8 MIN, 49 SEC

Network TV studios are looking more and more to the big screen for inspiration. We look at the array of shows in development that are based on films. Plus, Neil Patrick Harris on the Oscars stage, NBC’s new sitcom “Marry Me”, and more.

Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)
Linda Holmes, NPR (@nprmonkeysee)

The Truth About Andy Kaufman 14 MIN, 22 SEC

A new book tries to unravel the mysteries surrounding Andy Kaufman. It’s written by Kaufman co-conspirator Bob Zmuda and Kaufman’s partner Lynne Margulies, and it’s called “Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally.”

Bob Zmuda, Andy Kaufman’s friend and writing partner. His new book with Kaufman’s partner Lynne Margulies is “Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally.”

Andy Kaufman

Bob Zmuda

Rating the Ratings 8 MIN, 18 SEC

A new study out today shows that parents become desensitized to violence and sex the more they watch it -- that the more violence and sex they see in a series of movies, the less likely they are to rate the movies with R ratings. Which could tell us something about the way movies are rated. The people who rate the movies for the MPAA are just average L.A. parents after all.

Ethan Noble, chairman of Motion Picture Consulting, a group that helps filmmakers navigate the MPAA world

Study: Parental Desensitization to Violence and Sex in Movies

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