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Madeleine Brand examines the latest ideas and trends that are shaping our world and shaping Los Angeles. Madeleine talks with news makers, big thinkers, and everyday people as we map out our modern world. Monday through Friday, noon-1pm.

Madeleine Brand examines the latest ideas and trends that are shaping our world and shaping Los Angeles. Madeleine talks with news makers, big thinkers, and everyday people as we map out our modern world. Monday through Friday, noon-1pm.
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Santa Monica, CA

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KCRW

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Madeleine Brand examines the latest ideas and trends that are shaping our world and shaping Los Angeles. Madeleine talks with news makers, big thinkers, and everyday people as we map out our modern world. Monday through Friday, noon-1pm.

Language:

English


Episodes

Left, Right & Center presents: Two Years, Diaries of a Divided Nation

1/21/2019
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Listen to America change… one person at a time. For these six people, the politics of the Trump era have changed everyday life. Follow them in real time through the tumultuous two years since he became president.

Duration:00:43:04

El Chapo trial: $100 million bribes and nighttime sewer escapes

1/18/2019
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There’s been plenty of drama this week at the El Chapo trial, where it was revealed that he allegedly bribed a Mexican president. He also performed a movie-like escape in the dead of night as agents came to arrest him.

Duration:00:49:24

How the teachers strike affects low-income minority students

1/17/2019
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Negotiations are back on between the teachers and LAUSD. We look at what they should be talking about with an education consultant who’s seen both sides. Also, what happened at two Central LA school where teachers met with parents?

Duration:00:48:53

What will it take to end the LAUSD teachers strike?

1/16/2019
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After three days of striking, pressure has increased on both sides to settle the LAUSD teachers strike. The district and the teachers have lost millions of dollars. We speak with teachers union president Alex Caputo-Pearl and school board member Nick Melvoin.

Duration:00:49:38

Rethinking public school funding in California

1/15/2019
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LAUSD teachers are striking for the second day. Many people are questioning the state’s model for funding schools. California spends around $10,800 per pupil, which is less than the national average. But maybe that money could be better spent if the district itself were smaller and more manageable.

Duration:00:48:39

LAUSD teachers strike starts -- how long will it last?

1/14/2019
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Thirty-one thousand LAUSD teachers, nurses, librarians, and counselors went on strike this morning. They want a salary increase, smaller class sizes, and the hiring of more staff. The district says it can’t afford all that. We see what happened on the picket lines.

Duration:00:51:21

Documentary challenges how black life is portrayed on screen

1/11/2019
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In his directorial debut, RaMell Ross ruminates on how black life has been portrayed. “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” focuses on the lives of people trying to eke out a living in Alabama’s catfish industry. It’s shortlisted for an Oscar.

Duration:00:50:55

Raining money in Sacramento: Gov. Newsom unveils his first budget

1/10/2019
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Governor Gavin Newsom has unveiled his first budget, which includes billions of more dollars for schools, poor families, and the homeless. Newsom says he’s going to “lean in” where others are backing away. He’s also promising more funds for fire protection and for communities that have lost a big property tax base.

Duration:00:50:27

Superintendent Austin Beutner on what will happen to kids if teachers strike

1/9/2019
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A strike by LAUSD teachers has been postponed until Monday. The teachers union and the district are still trying to negotiate a new contract for educators. We ask Superintendent Austin Beutner what he’s proposing to the union, what’s happening with the $2 billion reserve fund, what appropriate class sizes would be, and more.

Duration:00:53:04

Demands of LAUSD teachers, and the structural problems facing the district

1/8/2019
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Half a million kids and their parents are in limbo as teachers in the nation’s second largest school district prepare to strike. We talk with the head of the teachers union about their demands, and how long he thinks the strike will last. We also look at the deep structural problems that LA’s public schools face.

Duration:00:50:50

How will Gov. Newsom pay for a major increase in paid parental leave?

1/7/2019
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As of today, Gavin Newsom is running the country’s biggest state. How will he differ from Jerry Brown? One of his priorities is implementing a 6-months paid parental leave policy for Californians. We talk about whether than can happen.

Duration:00:51:11

Is the economy healthy or recession-bound?

1/4/2019
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The Dow is up more than 700 points, a day after stocks took a beating. Apple says it’s cutting its revenue forecast for the first time in some 15 years. But the jobs report is great. What’s going on with the economy?

Duration:00:51:00

Nancy Pelosi takes back the House speakership

1/3/2019
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Today is the official beginning of the 116th Congress. Nancy Pelosi is Speaker of the House again. It’s the most diverse House ever. More than 100 women were sworn in today. So what’s ahead for Democrats?

Duration:00:51:10

What’s it like to start your job as a congresswoman amid a government shutdown?

1/2/2019
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Part of the federal government is shuttered, but the new class of lawmakers will be sworn in Thursday. Among them are California Democrats Katie Hill from Northern LA County, and Katie Porter from Orange County. Both flipped Republican House seats. KCRW’s Michell Eloy is in DC following their progress this week.

Duration:00:50:12

New Year’s Day: Favorite film interviews from 2018

1/1/2019
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In “Sorry to Bother You,” Lakeith Stanfield plays a telemarketer who gets promoted after he uses a “white voice” on calls. Rosamund Pike is famed war correspondent Marie Colvin in “A Private War.” And Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally have been happily married for 18 years, despite playing a divorced couple on “Parks and Recreation.”

Duration:00:52:34

New Year’s Eve: Favorite music interviews from 2018

12/31/2018
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Quincy Jones shares how growing up poor propelled him to achieve. Gavlyn and Reverie are rappers in LA’s underground hip-hop scene. And violinist Vijay Gupta won the Macarthur Genius grant for bringing classical music to the homeless.

Duration:00:53:06

What Mattis’ resignation means for Trump’s ‘America First’ vision

12/21/2018
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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is resigning -- apparently over Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria and Afghanistan. Mattis was often described as “the grown up in the room.” Meanwhile, lawmakers have until tonight to pass a bill to keep the government running.

Duration:00:51:56

Why it’s so hard to leave Facebook

12/20/2018
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The New York Times found Facebook gave companies like Netflix and Spotify way more access to user data than it ever disclosed. We run through the scandals Facebook has faced, and hear some of the challenges of deactivating your Facebook account.

Duration:00:51:11

Man who spent decades in prison responds to new criminal justice bill

12/19/2018
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The Senate passed The First Step Act on Tuesday -- the biggest changes in a generation to the federal prison system and sentencing laws. We get reaction from Fulton Washington, a compton-based artist, who spent decades behind bars for a non-violent drug crime. He was granted clemency by Obama in 2016.

Duration:00:52:03

LAUSD teachers prepare to strike next month

12/18/2018
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LA Unified schools are on winter holiday now, but teachers are hard at work preparing for a possible strike. We look at why teachers and the LAUSD have major disagreements on salaries, class sizes, standardized testing, and staffing.

Duration:00:51:34