Marijuana Advertising, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner, Those Mysterious Kook Signs

We look at whether marijuana advertising is misleading about its health benefits. Plus, an interview with LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner. Plus, a collaboration between Toyota, Kenworth, UPS and Shell to clean up the air at the Port of Los Angeles.

Chu and reproductive rights

Last week, Alabama passed some of the strictest anti-abortion legislation in the country…making abortion a felony in almost all cases. It's one of EIGHT states that has tried to restrict the practice in recent months. The Supreme Court will likely decide the fate of these laws, but concern over the future of reproductive care remains. That's why this week, Congresswoman Judy Chu will re-introduce a bill to prevent similar moves by other states.


Marijuana Advertising

Medical scientists say a lot of advertising grossly misrepresents the potential health benefits of cannabis. Three UC San Diego physicians stated in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association that the federal government should more aggressively regulate the marketing of marijuana. They say particular products that feature unsubstantiated health claims should be regulated.

LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner

Kyle Stokes talks to Josie Huang about his extended interview with Austin Beutner on structural changes Beutner is planning for LAUSD to make life easier for principals and to streamline operations.

Banjo Festival

It's been six months since the Woolsey Fire burned through Western L-A County, destroying 1,600 structures and nearly a hundred thousand acres in parts of Malibu, Calabasas and Agoura Hills. That includes the site of the annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest, which took place this past weekend despite the damage to Paramount Ranch and its iconic Western Town. Take Two Contributor Caleigh Wells headed out to see how it went.

Jacaranda Season

Now to a local tradition, of the natural kind. Washington D.C., you can keep your cherry blossoms. Here, in L.A. we have Jacarandas. And Angelenos, it's blooming season. In honor of Jacaranda season, we're re-airing last year's trip to the L.A. Arboretum, where we found out more about this quintessential SoCal Tree.

Mr. Kook

We shed light on the curious and mysterious signs appearing around Los Angeles featuring the word “KOOK.”


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Theodore L. Caputi
Theodore L. Caputi
Economics & Health Researcher

My research interests include public health, health innovation, and health care.