Today’s episode is our last show of the decade as well as the year -- and we examine all the music, films and TV shows that define the 2010s! But first, we talk to an investigative reporter for the Beacon Project about his groundbreaking stories, and USC football coach Clay Helton retains his position for another season. Before Trojans head into the holidays, we find out the best spots to study for the finals and why the tradition of holiday drinking is influenced by popular culture.

All this and more, From Where We Are.

Producers: Joshua Chang, Luke Scorziell, Evan Jacoby

Hosts: Jolene Pumphrey and Helena Getaylew

Technical Director: Yuki Liang

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The Beacon Project, debriefed: A brief conversation with Ruby Yuan
By Joshua Chang

Since June, six USC student reporters have been delving into USC’s culture and governance as the university seeks to regain the trust of its community after a series of scandals. Named the “Beacon Project,” this effort was led by veteran investigative reporters and supported by the USC Annenberg Schoool for Communication and Journalism. One of those student reporters is Annenberg Media Executive Editor Ruby Yuan. He and fellow reporter Ashley Zhang have been investigating the connections of Donna Heinel, the former senior athletic director who was allegedly involved in the college admission bribery scheme, also known as “Varsity Blues,” and published two groundbreaking reports over the past two days. Producer Joshua Chang sat down with Yuan to chat about his stories.

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Clay Helton to be retained for 2020 season

Yesterday, USC announced that head football Coach Clay Helton will be retained for the 2020 season. It will be his fifth season at USC as head coach. This has been a controversial decision. USC Annenberg Media’s Sports Director Sam Arslanian breaks down the decision’s implications for next year.

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Speaker Pelosi asks chairman to draft articles of impeachment
By Jackson Stephens

Thursday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said she asked the House Judiciary Chairman to draw up articles of impeachment against President Trump. This is just the fourth time in history the US House of Representatives has drafted articles of impeachment against a president. Annenberg Radio spoke with several political analysts about the process.

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Let’s get down to business: Disney’s “Mulan” remake set to release in 2020
By Kate Ly Johnston

Just when we thought Beauty and the Beast and Lion King were enough, it’s time for yet another Disney live action remake. But this one will be a bit different from the original. Annenberg Media talked to a moviegoer who saw a preliminary version of Mulan, set to be released in 2020.

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Highlights from a decade of pop culture
By Raymond Rapada

2019 is almost over. But it isn’t just the end of another year … It’s the end of the decade. These last 10 years have been packed with enough pop culture for decades to come.

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Root Source: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen
By Baoqi “Eileen” Chen

We know Santa can’t get anywhere without his trusty reindeer, but just how well do we know ALL of his reindeer?

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Stressed about finals? Here are some tips
By Hala Ozgur

Stress levels during the last few weeks of the semester run high. Luckily, there are some strategies to relax.

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More from Annenberg Radio:
USPS is publishing kids’ letters to Santa
By Vanessa Gaie

Kids post letters to the North Pole every year. Now, USPS now has a website for their Operation Santa program where families in need can post letters to Santa Claus, and donors can help Claus out by sending items from the letters.

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Bottoms up, ye merry gentlemen: how media influenced holiday drinking culture
By Twesha Dikshit

Mulled wine, eggnog, champagne and more -- the winter holiday season is packed with office parties and family gatherings, and there’s usually plenty to drink. So much so that sales during the holiday season account up to 25% of annual profits for the distilled spirits industry. Media has quite a bit to do with that.