Take Two Evenings for December 10, 2013

Today on the show we'll have an update on the L.A. Sheriff misconduct scandal. Then, we'll talk to the Denver Post's new cannabis editor, we'll look at protests in San Francisco against gentrification from tech giants like Google, and then we'll find out the inside scoop on the hit show Sons of Anarchy from its creator - Kurt Sutter.
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Take Two Evenings for July 31, 2013

Millions of Americans are denied basic bank accounts because of common banking mistakes, whether unintentional or not. But many banks decide whether or not to open an count for someone by referring to a database that doesn’t follow the same guidelines as traditional credit reporting agencies. And we've all had the rough patch between being a cute kid and a well-groomed young adult - the awkward years. Sometimes it felt like you were the only one afflicted with braces and pimples. But you a wildly popular new photography blog called "Awkward Years Project" is proof you weren't alone. Plus we'll find out what its like to root for the worst baseball team in the worst pro league in the country. And we'll talk with the creators behind the publishing/journalism outlet website, the Atavist.

Take Two Evenings for July 29, 2013

More than 600 inmates are protesting solitary confinement through a mass hunger strike, which began on July 8th. It's not the first time California prisoners have refused food to seek concessions from prison officials. We'll talk about it with Keramet Reiter, who studies solitary confinement teaches criminology at the University of California at Irvine. And in just one week's time, the Bay Area's public transportation system, BART, may face the second strike of the summer. Last month, a 4 and a half-day strike caused gridlock in the streets and led to long lines for buses and ferries.We'll speak to reporter Kevin Roose. And troubled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner announced Friday that he's checking himself in for two weeks of therapy in August -- but not resigning. This after four additional women -- including a retired Navy rear-admiral and a dean at San Diego State University -- accused him of unwanted sexual harassment. Many believe that the reason for his behavior is that he simply thought he could get away with it, but Charisse L'Pree, who's just completed her doctoral studies at USC researching the relationship between media and psychological development and identity has another opinion. We'll talk to her about it. And we'll get all the news from Hollywood when we talk to Rebecca Keegan, entertainment reporter for the Los Angeles Times

Take Two Evenings for July 25, 2013

On the show today; a vocal opponent of California's high-speed rail project is coming under scrutiny for his motives in fighting the proposal. We’ll talk with Tim Sheehan, who reports on transportation for the Fresno Bee. And an effort to curb the amount of phone surveillance by the NSA failed in Congress yesterday. That's despite the initial public outcry when the program was first revealed. For more we're joined by Phil Ewing, defense editor at POLITICO. And in the US, true darkness is an endangered resource. It's already extinct east of the Mississippi and can only be found in small pockets throughout the Western United States. And on this week’s Picture This, Take Two’s semi regular conversations with photographers, we’ll talk to a father and son duo. Estevan and Eriberto Oriel. They recently had a combined exhibit entitled, “Like Father, Like Son.”

Take Two Evenings for July 18, 2013

Demonstrators have continued to protest the George Zimmerman verdict throughout Southern California. Now, state lawmakers are getting involved as well. We'll speak with Pasadena assemblyman Chris Holden, who's a member of the California Legislative Black Caucus. And amid calls for action, protesters and politicians have been citing data about the controversial Stand Your Ground lawsl. We'll speak with Leigh Ann Buchanan. She's a Miami-based lawyer and is co-chair of a task force that's studying the effect of the law. And then we'll find out if there really is a "Black Twitter," and what kind of influence it has from blogger Michelle Taylor who tweets and blogs under the moniker Feminista Jones.

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Take Two Evenings for July 17, 2013

On the show today, the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone magazine, contributing editor Janet Reitman has a profile of the accused Boston bomber, Jahar Tsarnaev. But what’s been getting more attention than the article is the magazine’s decision to put Tsarnaev on the cover, and their choice of photo. And recently ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez made headlines when opted to ask interview questions to some players in Spanish. His decision, despite the fact that he translated the answer, became an issue with many baseball fans. We’ll talk to Gomez and Adrian Burgos Jr, professor of history at the University of Illinois and author of, "Playing America's Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line." And we'll find out what video gamers have in common with pro athletes and how to find the perfect peach.

Take Two Evenings for July 16, 2013

Fourteen people were arrested last night after a peaceful protest turned violent. Demonstrators in Leimert Park had been protesting the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. We'll speak to KPCC's Erika Aguilar. And then we'll find out why the Zimmerman has had such an affect in other parts of California - we'll speak to Darnell Hunt, professor of sociology at UCLA and author of, "Black Los Angeles." And then we'll speak to the 27-year-old writer/director of the new film "Fruitvale," Ryan Coogler. And while there are several LGBT groups at evangelical seminaries across the country, none of them are sanctioned … except one. We'll talk with Nick Palacios, the founder of group OneTable at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. And the Outfest film festival is an annual event where filmmakers show movies that, according to the event's organizers, promote equality and understanding. One of the most talked about films is "God Loves Uganda." We'll speak to the filmmaker, Roger Ross Williams.