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Stories of aging out of foster care

Posted July 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Aging Out

There are 28,000 children in foster care in Los Angeles County. It’s a big number and the challenges are immense. Less than 50 percent graduate from high school and very few finish college.
Within 2 to 4 years of leaving the system, 25 percent of young people become homeless, many are unemployed and 20 percent end up in prison. Those are tough statistics.
In an effort to …

Watts Riots: 50 Years Later »

What are your reflections on the Watts Riots, 50 years later?

Posted July 28, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Police search for weapons in the 1900 block on East 103rd Street in Watts. Photo credit:  Cliff Wesselmann, courtesy the Los Angeles Public Library

We want to hear from you for an upcoming series on KCRW’s Press Play.

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Map: Are your neighbors trendsetters or the Social Security set?

Posted July 24, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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ESRI, a group that analyzes demographic data, released a fascinating map last year that’s starting to make the social media rounds again. The map takes a super close look at “tapestries” around the country. Tapestries take into account age, income, professions and leisure activities and demographics.
Here’s how they put it:

Tapestry segmentation provides an accurate, detailed description of America’s neighborhoods—U.S. residential areas are divided into 67 …

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StoryCorps on being black at a traffic stop

Posted July 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This story about how an African American teenager was pulled over, beaten by cops, and threatened by cops is a harrowing three minutes. Alex Landau is black and was adopted by white parents. The event recounted here rattled the family and changed their understanding of how he’d be perceived out in the world.
StoryCorps has been partnering with documentary series POV to bring some of …

News, Press Play: Making LA »

Making LA: Policing

Posted July 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Candles burn at a memorial for Ezell Ford in Los Angeles as protestors demonstrate as people gather to protest after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, N.Y. on December 05, 2014 in Los Angeles, United States. (Photo by Mintana Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) | Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The LAPD has gotten a lot of praise for reducing crime and improving relations with minority communities. But violent crime is actually up this year (homicides are down).
The national conversation about police shootings has also touched Los Angeles. So far this year, Los Angeles police have shot 21 people. That’s nearly one a week.
Press Play takes a closer look at today’s LAPD with Executive Director …

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How do you make an Emmy nominated show? (And full list of Emmy noms)

Posted July 16, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
Game of Thrones leads the Emmy nominations.

Emmy nominations have been announced (see below) with Game of Thrones leading the pack with 24 nominations. KCRW has gone behind the scenes with a number of the nominees to find out what it takes to make their nomination-worthy work.
Better Call Saul was nominated for four Emmys, including outstanding drama series. On an episode of KCRW’s The Spin-off, you can hear fromBob Odenkirk and Jonathan …

News, Water and the Drought »

Which local beaches are turning off their showers?

Posted July 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Beach goers rinse off. (Photo: Jenny Hamel)

Starting Wednesday showers at many California State beaches and parks will be shut off to save water during the drought. Santa Monica and LA County beaches are not yet turning off the faucets.
“There are other opportunities to rinse the sand off,” says Brain Ketterer, Southern operations chief for the State Department of Parks and Recreation. You can bring a big bottle of water or use a …

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Be cool, save water

Posted July 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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You’ve probably talked about it with your friends and loved ones. Have you shortened your showers and let your lawn go brown? As the drought drags on, state and city agencies are doing all they can to raise awareness and get more people to conserve water. They’ve designed campaigns that range from cute to sexy to try to make YOU to change your water wasting behavior. Is it working?
Two …

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Are you trying to buy a house in (or near) LA?

Posted July 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via http://401kcalculator.org /CC/Flickr

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Making LA: Hollywood

Posted July 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Hollywood has changed. Tax incentives around the country have lured big budget films away from the Golden State, taking workers away from home. Workers have followed, chasing the runaway production trend to hold on to their trades. How has this affected the culture and the business of Hollywood?
Madeleine Brand talked to host of KCRW’s The Business, Kim Masters, and Senior VP and Co-Head of Physical Production at …

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Supreme Court makes same sex marriage legal nationwide

Posted June 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo by Suzette` Franck/CC/Flickr

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court declared same sex marriage a constitutional right. Writing in his majority opinion, Justice Kennedy said:
No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, …

Health Care, News »

Big win for Obamacare

Posted June 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, allowing middle to low-income people to continue to receive federal subsidies even if their home state doesn’t have its own health care exchange.
Had the Supreme Court ruled the other way, up to 6 million people could have lost their coverage.
Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, President Obama said, “After nearly a …

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Making LA: Traffic

Posted June 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the nation, but the solution may be more complicated than building more rail lines. In fact, we might have to wait for driverless cars.
Everyone has been stuck in brutal freeway traffic and Angelenos know the familiar feeling of not crossing the city for fear of never getting there. And it’s getting worse. Traffic dipped during the recession, but …

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Making LA: The built environment

Posted June 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo: Saul Gonzalez

Is Los Angeles a world-class city? If not, what will make it become one? Those questions are at the heart of a new series on Press Play called “Making LA.”
Over the last century, Los Angeles become a giant. But even with the rapid growth, it has a bit of an inferiority complex, constantly questioning its own identity.
Over the next few weeks, Madeleine Brand’s Press Play will …

News »

Which Way LA: Could the Supreme Court remake California politics?

Posted June 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John G. Roberts, Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Smauel Alito Jr., Elena Kagan

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economy, Politics, The Minimum Wage »

Putting LA’s new minimum wage in context

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
fastfood workers

The nearly unanimous vote was 14 to 1 Tuesday in the LA City Council in favor of raising the minimum wage.  Mike Bonin, who represents most of the Westside, said raising the wage to $15 was “the least we can do. It is the very least we can do.”
Los Angeles Daily News reporter, Dakota Smith explained that this makes Los Angeles becomes the largest city in the …

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Wage theft and the minimum wage

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As Los Angeles considers a minimum wage increase, the question of wage theft remains.
Garment workers, restaurant workers, nail salon workers all receive minimum wage. And, sometimes even less. In fact, one study says one third of all workers earn below the state’s $9 minimum wage. Among these workers, women, undocumented workers, and minority workers get the worst of it. And, without more enforcement, the problem …

Education, The Minimum Wage »

Which California cities are raising the minimum wage?

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The L.A. city council has voted to proceed with a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. Small businesses (those with 25 or fewer workers) will have until 2021 to raise their wage.
The City Attorney’s Office will now draft an ordinance that will return to the council for a final vote.
This will put Los Angeles (the city, not the county) in …

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Will LA raise the minimum wage?

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The city of L.A. is getting closer to raising the city’s minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour. A city council committee approved the increase on Wednesday, and the full city council is expected to vote on it next week.
“For the restaurant business, it’s going to be detrimental,” George Abou-Daoud, owner of Bowery Street Enterprises told Press Play. He said restaurants in LA support a …

Arts & Culture, Environment, Food, News »

How Orange County got its name… and lost its oranges

Posted May 13, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
Citrus packing companies used intricate labels like this one to
distinguish their products. They were placed on sealed crates of
oranges, grapefruit, and lemons, which were purchased by wholesale
buyers across the country. (Credit: Tustin Area Historical Society)

A hundred years ago, California citrus was described as a “second gold rush.” It helped shape the state’s prosperity and identity. Millions of orange trees once grew in Orange County — but only a few remain.
When the name Orange County was first proposed, there weren’t very many oranges. Most locals were growing grapes and raising hogs, but in an effort to better promote the area, …

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