The first presidential debate is on Monday, but many critics say that the current debate format has overstayed its welcome. Why not run a crisis simulation instead? Then, a seemingly harmless cartoon character has been co opted by racist elements of the alt-right. We’ll explain the phenomenon of Pepe the Frog. Our weekly movie segment tackles The Magnificent Seven, Storks, Goat and The Dressmaker. Proto pop/punk musician Bob Mould has a show at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend. Mould tells Madeleine Brand about his new record. And finally, the LAPD has a new program to deal with the homeless. It’s called HOPE - Homeless Outreach and Proactive Engagement - and the officers involved have already housed dozens of formerly-homeless people.
Is there a better way to do presidential debates?
From this Episode:
Make presidential debates great again
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump meet for their first debate Monday night. But many critics of the current debate format complain that voters don’t actually learn much...
8 min, 21 sec
How Pepe the Frog was co-opted by the alt-right
In an election season that’s been criticized as cartoonish, it must be noted that actual cartoons are also playing a role. For example, Pepe the Frog. Pepe is a cartoon frog...
8 min, 6 sec
Movie roundup: 'The Magnificent Seven' and 'Storks'
We’re on the cusp of the prestige pictures dropping on audiences across the nation - it’s nearly Oscars season after all. Nearly. For now, we’ve got a Western remake, an...
11 min, 6 sec
Pop-Punk pioneer Bob Mould
It’s tough to imagine Husker Du’s fans sitting in their boxes at the Hollywood Bowl drinking chardonnay. But a lot of them will be there this weekend to see the band’s...
14 min, 11 sec