Times are tough for a lot of Americans, but even the wealthy are cutting back on their luxury purchases. Barron's Richard Morais explains that life as the 1% isn't just caviar and champagne. And, Hollywood's iconic skyline could be in for a makeover. A new redevelopment plan could mean high-rises and an influx of new money, but some residents aren't happy with the change. Finding a place to stay on vacation is easier with websites like Airbnb, but staying in an apartment means lost hotel tax revenue for cities. And Luke Burbank is back with the awesome and not awesome news of the week.
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. But here in California, legislators have already passed laws that rely upon the federal reform. Depending on how the court rules, the future of those state laws could be at risk. Ezra Klein of the Washington Post joins to show to discuss why the individual mandate, once at the heart of Republican health-care reforms for two decades, is now opposed by conservatives. Then, your wine bottle might have Bordeaux on the label, but is it actually from a house in Arcadia? Vanity Fair's Michael Steinberger uncorks a million dollar wine scam. And Ann Powers is back for New Music Tuesday.
Today, we remember Rodney King who passed away this weekend. And millions of young Americans who took out Federal student loans may see their payments go up if legislation continues to stall in Congress. Now many are seeking private loans. Also, we take a look at the Washington penchant for using political acronyms for significant legislation and KPCC's Vanessa Romo reports on the overlooked college guidance counselor. Finally, we talk to comedian Michael Ian Black, a liberal atheist, and conservative political writer Meghan McCain about their hilarious new book.
Early today, President Obama will announce several major changes to immigration policy. We speak to Ruben Navarette about the possible repercussions. Also, the Greeks head to the polls this week to elect a new government, will it mark the end of the Euro? And the Jerry Sandusky trial has seen several alleged victims testify this week. And Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam, hosts of KPCC's Dinner Party, share their weekly conversation starters. And KPCC's Meghan McCarty has your weekend plans all set with Weekend Alibi.
Cycling legend Lance Armstrong is facing new allegations of doping, even though federal investigators recently closed a two-year investigation. Apple released the new Macbook Pro, but someone has already taken it apart to see what's inside. And the long lazy days of summer have arrived, and traditionally, summer TV is dominated by reruns or mindless reality competition shows, but there are a few gems that might lure you in from the sunshine and back to your couch. And we talk sports with Randy and Jason Sklar, hosts of the Sklarbro Country podcast.
The Zeta drug cartel, Mexico's most notorious drug organization, allegedly laundered millions of dollars a month in the U.S. using racehorses. We'll talk to New York Times reporter Ginger Thompson about the issue. Plus, is a beetle contributing to the massive forest fires in the West? And today, the agency that manages names on the internet, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, plans to increase the number of web address endings. In the not-so-distant future, you could see websites that end in .google or .pizza. Parents don't usually own up to playing favorites among their children, but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen. New research from the University of Michigan shows that parents play favorites a lot more than they think. And Luke Burbank is back with the awesome and not awesome news of the week.