Take Two for December 11, 2012

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Childhood obesity rates edge downward in LA

Childhood obesity rates have shot up over the last three decades. Today, about one in three kids is overweight or obese, putting them at higher risk for diabetes and other medical conditions.
Americans Go To The Polls To Elect The Next U.S. President

Is the Voting Rights Act out of date?

When it comes to the Supreme Court, many Californians are closely watching the case involving proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban. But there's another crucial civil rights case the court will consider, one that observers say could be, "One of the most significant rulings of the current term.
University Of Miami Medical School To Lay Off 800 Workers
Imagine you're about to go to college. You've got two things on your mind: First you want an education you can afford, and second, you want a good job when you graduate.In Florida, the governor's office is proposing a bold new plan that freezes tuition for in-demand fields like science, technology and health care, leaving prices higher for majors in English and History.
USC School Of Cinema Receives Grant From The Lucasfilm Foundation

New survey offers a peek at university president salaries

A new survey from the Chronicle of Higher Education looked at compensation for the countries highest paid college presidents. Of the private universities, USC's president Steven Sample was the 6th highest-paid president.
Student IDs

Could student IDs with 'locator' chips become the norm?

Next week, a federal judge in Texas will consider whether a San Antonio high school can require a student to wear a badge containing a SmartID locator microchip.
SpongeBob Squarepants

SpongeBob soaks up the Christmas spirit with new album

SpongeBob SquarePants creator and voice Tom Kinney joins the show to talk about his character's new album called "Its a Spongebob Christmas."
Jim Brulte

California GOP looks to Jim Brulte to lead party rebound

In California, Democrats have a powerful two-thirds majority in the state legislature for the first time since the 1880s, while Republicans hold no statewide offices. Plus, last month GOP officials suffered a net loss of four congressional seats.

What's ahead for a post-Hugo Chavez Venezuela?

Jeffrey Davidow, senior counselor at the Cohen Group and former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela and Mexico, joins the show to discuss the future of Venezuelan foreign policy in a post-Chavez world.
Alan Sepinwall

Alan Sepinwall's book highlights TV's current golden era

According to HitFix.com TV critic Alan Sepinwall, we're currently living in a golden era of television. His new book is called "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever," describes how a dozen high-profile dramas from "The Wire" to "Breaking Bad" have redefined the way television is used to tell stories.
Gay Marriage RI

The difficulties of being gay and Latino

Recent polls show increasing support for same-sex marriage, even among groups traditionally opposed to it. For instance, a survey by the Pew Hispanic Center shows a majority of Latinos now support same-sex unions.
Health Apps

Mobile health apps undergo scrutiny by the FDA

Mobile health apps are becoming more sophisticated, but who's making sure these apps are accurate and safe? The FDA is taking a closer look at mobile health devices and applications.

Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi breaks 40-year record

Is 25-year-old Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi the greatest soccer player in the world?
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