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Take Two for April 8, 2013

Published April 8, 2013 at 9:03 AM PDT
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File: An LAPD officer holds a collected assault weapon during the Gun Buyback Program event in the Van Nuys area on Dec. 26, 2012.
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An LAPD officer hold a collected assault weapon during the Gun Buyback Program event in the Van Nuys area of north Los Angeles on December 26, 2012. By noon the LAPD had collected more then 420 handguns, rifles, shotguns and assault rifles. Los Angeles' no-questions-asked gun buyback event, where weapons could be exchanged for up to $200, was held five months early after the Connecticut school shooting. Critics question the effectiveness of gun buyback events, arguing that the weapons surrendered tend to be the least likely to be used in criminal activities, such as guns which are old or malfunctioning.

The U.S. Senate returns from recess to consider proposals for gun control; Julia Sweeney's discusses her new memoir "If It's Not One Thing It's Your Mother"; Announcing the winner of the Public Radio Bracket Madness; Why is Hollywood leaving sex scenes on the cutting room floor?; Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki addresses drug law reform in Sacramento, and much more.

It's a pivotal week for the gun control issue. Today senators return from a two-week spring recess and many of them are hopeful that a compromise on gun legislation is possible.
In Modesto there's a unique program that sends Department of Justice agents out to seize firearms from people who have lost their rights to own a gun. Reporter Elaine Korry has the story.
Julia Sweeney has written about her personal experiences and many more in her new book "If It's Not One Thing It's Your Mother."
Today, we're announcing the winner, and joining us for the big moment is the man behind this bracket brilliance, KPCC's web producer Mike Roe.
L.A. Times entertainment reporter Rebecca Keegan joins us for her regular Monday update of the latest from Hollywood.
Where has the love gone? More to the point, why are steamy, hot sex scenes just not showing up in movies anymore? With studios targeting a wider audience age range, violence, explosions and animation are now box office gold.
Margaret Thatcher died this morning at the age of following a stroke. KPCC's Patt Morrison covered her visits to California and her visits with Reagan.
Today, California becomes the 43rd state to join Powerball, the game with six of the 10 biggest U.S. jackpots ever. This morning, wanna-be millionaires started lining up outside store to buy tickets.
Ana Cubas and Curren Price are in the runoff for the Ninth Council District seat, but both are fighting historically low voter turnout in their communities.
Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki will be addressing the California state legislature today about reforming the state's drug laws. He'll also be screening his award-winning documentary, "The House I Live In," which turns a critical eye on America's decades-long war on drugs.
Researchers at UCLA may have stumbled onto a ground-breaking treatment for methamphetamine addiction. Recently the FDA fast-tracked human testing for a drug that could be the first non-opiate drug treatment for heroin and opiate addiction.
T-Mobile made headlines recently when they announced a radical shift its mobile plans: No more contracts ... I repeat, no more contracts
A California court has extended the ban on using cell phones while driving. It's not just texting and talking that are off limits, now you're barred from using your GPS apps, too.
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