The world lost one of its most noted contrarians yesterday. Christopher Hitchens, the opinionated essayist, master debater and journalistic devil's advocate, succumbed to esophageal cancer last night. Larry spoke with Hitchens in 2007 about his book "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything." We revisit that conversation in which Hitchens characteristically challenged the world's dominant sacred cows and delved into what brought meaning to his life. We also invite resident skeptic, Michael Shermer, on the program to share some drinking stories he had with Hitchens.
The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high. Also, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals reset the stakes and created a new test for whether interns should be paid. Then, the long 4th of July weekend is upon us. There’s no better time to get in your car and go somewhere. But where?
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says he will block enforcement of new measures that make it easier to dismantle homeless encampments. Also, Covered California will collect data on prescriptions, doctor visits and hospital stays, a move that has stirred serious concerns about data protection and privacy. Then, has hitchhiking become obsolete in today’s America?
The Supreme Court is now slated to revisit the issue of mandatory union fees for non-union members. Also, Gov. Jerry Brown today signed into law one of the toughest school vaccine restrictions in the country. Then, the Los Angeles district attorney announced Monday that a team of veteran prosecutors will begin reviewing wrongful conviction claims from state prisoners who present new evidence of their innocence.
The Supreme Court is reinforcing the death penalty, upholding Arizona's congressional redistricting process and limiting the President’s power to limit pollution from power plants. Also, many conservative lawmakers are saying the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage is a violation on religious freedom laws. Then, South Carolina gun control activists hope to tackle the region's permissive gun law.
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