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We look at how the University of Southern California is creating a hotline for students following complaints and lawsuits against its campus gynecologist. Plus, we find out why Harvard University is investing in Paso Robles vineyards. And, how the E. coli outbreak could affect the way romaine lettuce is labeled in the future.

Clean Water Act Changes

(Starts at 0:24)

It's been widely reported that the Trump Administration is planning to roll back Clean Water Act protections. President Trump has spoken about getting rid of these regulations since last year. And now plans for scaled back replacement regulations are expected as early as today. So what could the changes mean for waterways here in California? 

Guest:

  • Sean Hecht, Co-Executive Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA.

Update: After this conversation was recorded, President Trump did release proposed changes to the Clean Water Act.

Harvard University invests in CA vineyards

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As the climate changes, water is becoming an even more precious commodity. It's becoming so valuable, in fact, that Harvard University is now investing in California vineyards just for the groundwater.

Guest:

  • Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal

https://twitter.com/russellgold/status/1072156300891615232

So Cal Edison Fire Prevention 

(Starts at 16:00)

Facing increased scrutiny over its roles in some of California's recent wildfires, the state's main utilities have been talking up prevention measures. For its part, Southern California Edison plans to spend millions to improve equipment and oversight.

Guest:

  • Don Daigler, director of business resiliency with So Cal Edison, who runs emergency management there 
A Southern California Edison sign outside the San Onofre Nuclear Plant.
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A Southern California Edison sign outside the San Onofre Nuclear Plant.

USC Hotline

(Starst at 20:32)

Following complaints and lawsuits over a University of Southern California gynecologist, we look at a new hotline the school has set up.

Guest:

  • Adolfo Guzman Lopez, KPCC higher education reporter
A young man rides a bicycle on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California on May 17, 2018. - USC was in turmoil as it was accused of being too slow to act on accusations of abusive sexual practises by Dr. George Tyndall. A gynaecologist who saw student patients at the Engemann Student Health Center.  USC has already received more than 85 current and former student testimonies accusing Tyndall of abuse during examinations. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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A young man rides a bicycle on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California on May 17, 2018. - USC was in turmoil as it was accused of being too slow to act on accusations of abusive sexual practises by Dr. George Tyndall. A gynaecologist who saw student patients at the Engemann Student Health Center. USC has already received more than 85 current and former student testimonies accusing Tyndall of abuse during examinations. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

After Harassment

(Starts at 24:26)

On Monday, we chatted with L.A. Times Reporter Harriet Ryan who covered news about the Pasadena obstetrician who allegedly mistreated 20 women. We'd like to pick up that conversation. UC Irvine chancellor's professor of law Michele Goodwin gives a rundown of what to do if your M.D. acts inappropriately, and who's responsible for their oversight.

Guest:

  • Michele Goodwin, UC Irvine Chancellor's professor of law

Romaine lettuce labeling

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It's been about three weeks since the Food and Drug Administration announced an E.coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. The FDA initially advised people to throw all their romaine away, sending literally tons of it into landfills. Now a new labeling system is being proposed.

Guest:

  • Erika Mahoney, KAZU reporter

SoCal Innovations

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Southern California has spawned a whole host of influential movements and inventions in many different fields. Yes, there's music. But there's also food, toys, shopping, political movements and more. Los Angeles magazine has assembled 13 of these in its latest issue for the article, "These 13 Innovations Changed the World—and They All Originated in L.A."

Guest:

  • Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles magazine deputy editor
McDonald’s workers in California, New York, and Michigan have filed a class action suit against the chain and several of its franchises over wage disputes.
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McDonald’s workers in California, New York, and Michigan have filed a class action suit against the chain and several of its franchises over wage disputes.

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