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USC's leadership future, California's Top Two system, the real life inspiration behind Indiana Jones

A statue of the school mascot, the Trojan, stands on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) on March 6, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.
A statue of the school mascot, the Trojan, stands on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) on March 6, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.
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Take Two explores the future of USC's leadership after 200 faculty members signed a letter to oust current president of the University Max Nikias. Then, a look at California's tricky "top-two" primary system, adopted by voters in 2010. Plus, a look at Indiana Jones's real-life inspiration.

Future of USC leadership

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Two L.A. Times investigations in the past year led more than 200 members of the USC staff to sign a letter sent to the board of trustees last week calling for the ouster of President Nikias. For more on that and the future of leadership at USC, Take Two speaks to a professor at the University who co-wrote the faculty letter.


Tricky Top Two

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California's primary is just one week away, and for many of the state's races, the number of competing candidates will be whittled down to only two. It's all part of the state's top-two primary system, adopted by voters back in 2010. But the system is far from perfect: case-in-point the ongoing governor's race. Take Two explores the top two's past, present, and future.


California's Cap and Trade math isn't quite adding up

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The state has outlined a plan to reduce greenhouse gases over the next decade, a plan that leans heavily on our cap-and-trade program. However, experts are now finding weaknesses in the program that may make those goals impossible. We hear both sides of the issue from CalMatters' environment reporter who has been writing about it. Need a refresher on Cap and trade? Check out our explainer. Or if your more of a visual person, check out this video:


Indiana Jones' real-life inspiration has an exhibit in LA

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Antonia Futterer was a 1920s “religious adventurer” who is rumored to have been the inspiration for Indiana Jones. After building a successful bible study group in Silverlake, Futterer took it upon himself to search the Middle East for the Ark of the Covenant, and brought Middle Eastern artifacts back to L.A. The Holyland Exhibition is the result of Futterer's finds from his quest for the Ark. He made his collection public in 1928, a time when spiritual start-ups flourished in SoCal. KPCC's Audrey Ngo visited the museum's current caretaker, Betty Shepard, and spoke to Santa Clara University President and religious historian, Fr. Michael Engh, for a look back at the religious landscape of L.A., and the man who may have sparked the idea for Indiana Jones.


Meet State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Lily Ploski

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The state superintendent is a non-partisan elected official who advocates for educational reform and makes sure the department of education follows state laws and meets federal standards. California is home to more than a thousand school districts. And the state superintendent oversees all of them. Four people are running, and over the course of this week, we will introduce you to each one of them. First up is Lily Ploski. She's an educational administrator. 


Tuesday Reviewsday

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Tuesday is our day for new music; this week to help refresh your playlist, Morgan Rhodes has some new tracks from Aisha Burns, The Midnight Hour, Clairo and Kamal Williams.