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Trump endorses Cox for CA gov, Harvey Weinstein is arrested, LA River kayaking opens this weekend




Kayakers prepare for a trip down the Los Angeles River.
Kayakers prepare for a trip down the Los Angeles River.
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Take Two gets the latest updates on the June 5th California Primary election. We also speak with KPCC's John Horn and Vanity Fair's Rebecca Keegan about Harvey Weinstein's arrest in New York. And we speak with KPCC's Emily Guerin about kayaking the L.A. River once the water is open for recreational activities this weekend.

Republican businessman John Cox earned 55 percent of the vote, but failed to reach the 60 percent threshold needed to secure the California Republican party endorsement.
Republican businessman John Cox earned 55 percent of the vote, but failed to reach the 60 percent threshold needed to secure the California Republican party endorsement.
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The value of a Trump endorsement for one California gubernatorial hopeful

A tweet is as good as a nod to a struggling party. Every week, Take Two brings you the latest from California's political scene. Here's what's happening this week: It's been just days since President Trump tweeted his support for Republican John Cox in the California Governor's race. But is it a game changer? Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers here have been working to force a House vote on immigration. We have the latest on that effort. Finally, could Antonio Villaraigosa ride the gas tax ire to victory in November? The experts weigh in. 

Guests:

Chef Al Gordon is the founder of Community in Los Feliz.
Chef Al Gordon is the founder of Community in Los Feliz.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Making Al Care (again)

A few years ago, KPCC aired a series called Make Al Care. It was a big idea: could we take someone who had never voted in a local election and turn him into a voter? Our reporter Meghan McCarty Carino found someone who fit that bill in Al Gordon. Meghan made it her mission to Make Al Care. She brought him experts and took him to candidate forums and checked his registration status. And finally, he did care and voted in that election. Now, with the June 5th primary less than 2 weeks away, we wondered: is Al planning to vote?

Guest:

- Meghan McCarty Carino

MALIBU, CA - APRIL 18:  Snowy plovers hunt for food along Carbon Beach, a public beach that was gotten to through a recently opened public accessway next to music producer David Geffen's beach house, on April 18, 2005 in Malibu, California. The gate was found re-locked later that afternoon. By opening the gate, Geffen would be fulfilling a 22-year-old legal promise to open a public pathway across his property in exchange for permits from the Coastal Commission to begin building his Cape Cod-style compound across multiple lots on Carbon Beach. In giving up the gate key, the music mogul also stops daily fines of $1,000 a day from accumulating.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - APRIL 18: Snowy plovers hunt for food along Carbon Beach, a public beach that was gotten to through a recently opened public accessway next to music producer David Geffen's beach house, on April 18, 2005 in Malibu, California. The gate was found re-locked later that afternoon. By opening the gate, Geffen would be fulfilling a 22-year-old legal promise to open a public pathway across his property in exchange for permits from the Coastal Commission to begin building his Cape Cod-style compound across multiple lots on Carbon Beach. In giving up the gate key, the music mogul also stops daily fines of $1,000 a day from accumulating. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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A stretch of Hollister Ranch is getting hard to reach by land

Just west of Santa Barbara, the only land-bound pathway is becoming off-limits to a stretch of pristine beach at Hollister Ranch. The only way to get there now is by boat. That's raising questions about the fundamental rights to beaches in California.

Guest:

- Rosanna Xia, L.A. Times environmental reporter

Bioluminiscent pond experience coming to unknown location in L.A.

Today may be your lucky day. The group of anonymous artists behind the Griffith Park tea house three years ago are back with a new experience. It's called "Night life L.A.," and it offers darkness, enchanting views of the city and a moonlit hike that leads to a bioluminescent wading pool at an undisclosed location in Northeast LA.

Unlike most L.A. experiences, this one claims to "be almost impossible to photograph." So Instagram fans, take note. The Night Life L-A pop-up is free, but tickets are limited and the event is only running between May 31st and June 2nd. Today is your only chance to try and nab tickets. You can enter here.

Harvey Weinstein leaves the Manhattan Criminal Court on May 25, 2018 in New York. - Weinstein was arrested and charged Friday with rape and other sex crimes involving two separate women, New York police announced shortly after the fallen Hollywood mogul surrendered to authorities. (Photo by KENA BETANCUR / AFP)        (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Harvey Weinstein leaves the Manhattan Criminal Court on May 25, 2018 in New York. - Weinstein was arrested and charged Friday with rape and other sex crimes involving two separate women, New York police announced shortly after the fallen Hollywood mogul surrendered to authorities. (Photo by KENA BETANCUR / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Harvey Weinstein arrested for rape in New York

It's been about seven months since movie producer Harvey Weinstein was outed in the press for chronic sexual harassment and abuse of power, setting off the #MeToo movement not just in Hollywood but in many industries. Now he's been arrested -- charged with rape and sexual abuse in cases involving two women. Weinstein turned himself in to New York police Friday morning. Weinstein's fall has been a long time coming, but it's been hard and it's been fast, and it has roiled the industry he once ruled.

Guests:

- John Host, host of KPCC's The Frame

- Rebecca Keegan, entertainment reporter for Vanity Fair

Advanced whitewater boaters from the L.A. Kayak Club take on the L.A. River one hot summer Sunday.
Advanced whitewater boaters from the L.A. Kayak Club take on the L.A. River one hot summer Sunday.
Anthea Raymond/KPCC

L.A. River opens for kayaking this weekend

As the L.A. River opens for kayaking this Memorial Day weekend, we answer listeners' questions about water quality and other issues.

Guest:

- Emily Guerin, KPCC environment reporter

Members of the US Army place American flags at graves at Arlington National Cemetery May 26, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia in preparation for Memorial Day. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the US Army place American flags at graves at Arlington National Cemetery May 26, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia in preparation for Memorial Day. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Memorial Day weekend preview

This week's picks include the Cajun and Blues Music Festival in Simi Valley featuring zydeco bands, mardi gras parades and Eddie Money as headliner. Boast Rattle, on Sunday in Westlake, is two dueling comics going head to head boasting about one another. Main-opoly on Main Street in Santa Monica is a culinary walking tour that will let you get a taste of the food offerings from 20 area vendors.

Guests:

- Leo Duran, KPCC reporter

- Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine