AirTalk for August 2, 2013

Mail

The government is tracking all your snail mail, too

It's been a summer of leaks and exposed government surveillance programs. The Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe confirmed the existence of a mail scanning program to the Associated Press in an interview published yesterday.
After weeks of wrangling, Washington has reached a compromise on student loan interest rates. While many eyes were focused on the numbers, a critical new precedent has been set in this deal. For the first time, the federal Stafford loan program will have different rates for graduate and undergraduate loans.
Wildlife in the Los Angeles River

The unique relationship between humans and wildlife in LA

Residents of Los Angeles are blessed with a topographical treasure found in no other city on the planet - ours is traversed by a mountain range. The close proximity to nature can be both beautiful and exciting, and it also means a healthy dose of interaction with animals, from the most ubiquitous crows to rarer species like mountain lions and black bears.
Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in "2 Guns"
Guest host Patt Morrison and KPCC critics Peter Rainer, Lael Loewenstein and Charles Solomon review this week’s releases, including 2 Guns, The Spectacular Now, The Smurfs 2 and more. TGI-Filmweek!
Which movie characters are owned outright by the actors who originally played them? How tough is it for casting directors to overcome such a challenge?
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