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State of Affairs, Coronavirus: Exploring The 'It Won't Happen To Me' Mentality, New Documentary Explores The Life Of Frank Zappa




California's new U.S. Senator Kamala Harris speaks during her election night watch party at The Exchange LA on Tuesday night, Nov. 8, 2016. Harris defeated opponent Rep. Loretta Sanchez during Tuesday's election.
California's new U.S. Senator Kamala Harris speaks during her election night watch party at The Exchange LA on Tuesday night, Nov. 8, 2016. Harris defeated opponent Rep. Loretta Sanchez during Tuesday's election.
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State of Affairs 

Now that a presidential transition is, finally, officially happening, there are a lot of questions about what comes next. Number one for us here in California: who will replace Kamala Harris as senator? The pressure is on Gavin Newsom to make the right choice - but who that right choice IS... depends on who you’re talking to. Plus, Senator Dianne Feinstein says she will not seek a chairmanship in the next Congress and will step down as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. We will get into all of this with State of Affairs - Take Two's weekly look at politics in the Golden State.

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Coronavirus: The 'It Won't Happen To Me' Mentality 

Despite the rise in COVID-19 cases, I think it's fair to say that many of us still think we won't be the ones to catch it. We explore this idea of optimism bias.

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Coronavirus: Holiday Shopping During the New Lockdown

With Black Friday and the holiday season the horizon, how are small businesses planning for crowds and the chance of a new lockdown? We discuss what running a historic toy store has been like in a pandemic and the possible challenges ahead.

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Big Santa Anita Cabins

The Bobcat Fire that burned over the San Gabriel Mountains in September destroyed 87 homes, including 17 primitive cabins in the Angeles National Forest above Arcadia. They were artifacts from Southern California's great hiking era of the early 19-hundreds. Now, the cabin owners are waiting to learn if their rustic vacation homes can ever be rebuilt.

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New Documentary Explores The Life Of Frank Zappa 

Frank Zappa was a complex, innovative artist and musician... and a new documentary called "Zappa" takes an in-depth look into his life.  

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