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Los Angeles and Obama’s modified Dream Act

Posted June 18, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

President Obama stunned the nation last week by announcing that some undocumented workers brought here when they were children will not be deported. Few places will be as deeply affected as Southern California. How selective is the process, and what are the rules? Are they unfair to native born citizens in the same age group? Also, the apparently accidental drowning of Rodney King, the …

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Remembering Rodney King: ‘Accidental agent of change’

Posted June 17, 2012 by | 11 Comments | ]

Rodney King died Sunday morning at age 47. His fiancée found him at the bottom of his swimming pool and he was pronounced dead at the hospital. In 1991 King was brutally beaten by cops who had pulled him over. The beating was caught on video tape and brought King and the police into the public eye. When the officers were acquitted, Los Angeles …

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Listeners Remember: ‘We did a whole lot of damage to our own neighborhoods’

Posted May 1, 2012 by | 5 Comments | ]

Thanks to all of our listeners who shared stories of the LA Riots. Here are some of them.

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Surveillance, Big Brother and Rodney King

Posted May 1, 2012 by | 3 Comments | ]

Last week we talked extensively about the LA Riots that followed the acquittal of four police officers who had beaten Rodney King. We revisited the infamous intersection of Florence and Normandie, where white truck driver, Reginald Denny was dragged out of the cab of his truck and also attacked. Both of these brutal beatings were caught on tape. Rodney King on grainy hand held …

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Special programming: 20 Years after the riots

Posted April 27, 2012 by | 27 Comments | ]

All week we’ve been talking about the Rodney King riot of 1992, America’s worst civil disturbance in the 20th Century.  April 29 marks exactly 20 years since LAPD officers were acquitted of charges of using excessive force. All five special episodes are linked below.
The Rodney King beating was videotaped by a bystander and broadcast on newscasts worldwide. Two weeks later, a 15-year-old black girl, …

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Los Angeles before it erupted

Posted April 27, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
Warren Olney, Raphael Sonenshein, Erin Aubry Kaplan, Bonghwan and Rubén Martínez

All week we’ve been airing programs about the Rodney King riot of 1992, America’s worst civil disturbance in the 20th Century. Now, we’re just three days away from April 29, exactly 20 years since four white LAPD officers were acquitted of charges of using excessive force. We hear about the mood of tension that pervaded the city at that time and how various people …

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Interview with Rodney King

Posted April 27, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

On the 20th anniversary of what has become known as the “Rodney King” riot, Warren sits down with the man who was the victim of police brutality.

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Listeners Remember: ‘Most people were scared’

Posted April 25, 2012 by | 47 Comments | ]
Ted Brennan now

KCRW listener, Ted Brennan had just gotten out of the army when the 1992 riots broke out. He was with the National Guard and was deployed from San Diego to Los Angeles to help patrol the city. He said that the community welcomed the National Guard when they rolled into Koreatown. Listen to his story below.

If you want to share your story, please do! …

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20 years after the riots, who is LA?

Posted April 24, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
Kyeyoung Park, Manuel Pastor, Martha Arevalo

In this second in a week of special programs, we consider how the Rodney King riot of 1992 shaped the city we know today. We start at what’s often called the epicenter of the civil disturbance, the place where Reginald Denny was pulled out of his truck and brutally beaten, while millions watched on TV. A white man, he was beaten by black rioters. …

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The LA Riots and reform at the LAPD

Posted April 23, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

This is the first in a week of special programs about the Rodney King riot of 1992, America’s worst civil disturbance in the 20th Century. How did it happen? How has it shaped the city we know today? Our first topic is the Los Angeles Police Department. Connie Rice,  Tim Rutten , Skipp Townsend and Hector Verdugo join Warren in conversation. Listen below:

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Listeners Remember: ‘I remember feeling safe’

Posted April 19, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

What do you remember most?
I remember how the news portrayed the riots as complete chaos, but for a young Black boy, there was a different reality. For the first time in my life, I remember feeling safe. During the riots, gangs were not fighting each other, so we didn’t have to fear drive by shootings. Thieves were looting stores, so we didn’t have to …

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Listeners Remember: ‘I had a naive faith that people would do the right thing’

Posted April 18, 2012 by | 12 Comments | ]

What do you remember most?

How frightened I was. I had a naive faith that people would do the right thing. It was a period in my life that dispelled my childhood beliefs. The awfulness of the initial act was bad enough, but the reaction of the public by taking others lives and properties to avenge this act only amplified all the things wrong in …

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The 1992 LA Riots: What do you remember?

Posted April 2, 2012 by | 8 Comments | ]

Twenty years ago, Los Angeles erupted with civil unrest after a jury acquitted three white and one Hispanic police officer who had beaten a black truck driver named Rodney King. As we remember those events, we want to hear your story. Did the events change your life or affect your community? Please share your story below:

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New documentary looks at LA riots and hip hop

Posted March 12, 2012 by | 13 Comments | ]

A new documentary produced by VH1 is premiering at SXSW just in time for the 20th anniversary of the L.A. riots.  “Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots” (narrated by Snoop Dogg) talks to rappers, rioters, victims and police who remember the uprising. “Rebellions, revolutions, sacrifices have to be made… there’s always going to be bloodshed,” says one subject. According to the film’s synopsis:  …

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