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Brett Kavanaugh confirmation vote, MacArthur genius grant award winner, the origin of Doritos

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Then Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh speaks at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh speaks at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Photo By Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

How California politicians are reacting to Friday's confirmation vote on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Plus, we speak with MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant recipient Vijay Gupta. And, we visit a local mortuary that stages the annual event, Wicked Lit.

State of Affairs

All eyes are on Washington as the Senate begins its vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh. Meanwhile, former vice president Joe Biden rallies Democrats in Orange County as polls show close Congressional races across the Golden State.


  • Carla Marinucci, Politico
  • Jack Pitney, Claremont McKenna College

After backlash, Azusa Pacific University reinstates ban on gay romance

For months,  LGBT students on the campus of the evangelical Christian university, Azusa Pacific, negotiated with the administration about expanding their rights on campus. 

The group thought they were about to come out of the shadows. Instead, after criticism from inside and outside the university, Azusa Pacific's board of trustees nixed the changes.

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MacArthur Violinist

A local violinist and activist, Vijay Gupta, has been named one of the 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellows. He's an L.A. Phil member and leads an orchestra that plays concerts for homeless people in L.A.'s skid row area. 


  • Vijay Gupta

Did you know...Doritos come from the happiest place on earth?

That's right! These little golden things got their start here in SoCal, at a little place you may have heard of called...Disneyland. Marcy Smothers, author of "Eat Like Walt" tells us the story of how Doritos came to be.

23 fabulous things to do in Southern California this weekend

Comedy is king this weekend as the Adult Swim Festival and Will Ferrell's Best Night of Your Life bring the mirth. For lovers of festivals, there's a seafood fest, a mole fest, an inflatable run-fest, a Greek fest, an Oktoberfest and a medieval feast (close enough). Also happening: Amber Rose's Slut Walk, a Khan-Con and punk rock storytelling.


  • Leo Duran, KPCC producer

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