Traffic Debt, Almonds, Friday Movies, and Artificial Intelligence

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A troubling trend is happening in California: low income Californians get expensive traffic tickets they can’t afford to pay, they get caught in a vicious cycle of violations and fines, often leading to lost driver’s licenses and even lost jobs. Have we been too hard on almonds? They’re an $11 billion business in California, but have suffered a lot of criticism during the drought for being water hungry crops. We rundown the new movies coming out this week, including a new Nicholas Sparks adaptation and a smart sci-fi thriller about artificial intelligence. And, speaking of artificial intelligence in movies, we talk to a researcher to help us sort fact from fiction.

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