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Join Steve Chiotakis and a rotating roundtable of the city's best journalists as they chew over the week in L.A. politics.

Join Steve Chiotakis and a rotating roundtable of the city's best journalists as they chew over the week in L.A. politics.
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Join Steve Chiotakis and a rotating roundtable of the city's best journalists as they chew over the week in L.A. politics.

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English

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The Golden State burns bright red

8/10/2018
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The acreage keeps ticking up on a stubborn wildfire burning in a part of California that hasn’t in several decades. At last check, the Holy Fire has charred more than 18,000 acres. And with containment sitting in the single digits, it’s not looking like this will be put out soon. The fire is threatening homes and causing a host of other problems for residents living near the flames and downwind.

Duration:00:08:37

Who decides when cops open fire?

8/3/2018
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The LAPD has shot and killed 2 innocent people in the past several weeks during police activity. The tragedies have prompted apologies from the Chief of Police and possible legal action. They have also spurred a broader conversation around when police officers should use their weapons, especially when there are a lot of people around.

Duration:00:09:17

Social media giants take a few punches

7/27/2018
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Facebook and Twitter took some big losses this week after reporting some less-than-projected earnings. The numbers coincide some recent changes made by both social media giants, including the beginnings of a crackdown on who can post and what they can say. Is being the adult in the room bad for business?

Duration:00:08:42

California is burning, again

7/20/2018
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Just a couple of weeks ago, temperatures hit all-time record highs in a number of places and, with heat, comes the possibility of ignition.

Duration:00:08:25

When you vote, is it really yours?

7/13/2018
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Twelve Russian military intelligence officers hacked into the Clinton presidential campaign and Democratic Party and released tens of thousands of private communications in a sweeping conspiracy by the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election. That is according to an indictment announced days before President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. All of this comes on the same day that California's top election official certified the results of last month's election.

Duration:00:08:37

2018 World Cup full of surprises

6/29/2018
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The World Cup is easily the most-watched sporting event on earth and here in Los Angeles, there has been plenty of attention to what’s happening half a world away.

Duration:00:09:32

If the President says it, is it really a lie?

6/22/2018
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This week featured a narrative coming out of the White House that, if you take all the punditry and analysis out, flies in the face of logic.

Duration:00:13:07

A jolt for Tesla, a learning moment for tech.

6/15/2018
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California-based automaker Tesla announced this week that it will be laying off a slice of its workforce. It comes amid concerns about the production levels of their newer Model 3 sedan, ordered by hundreds of thousands, yet produced at a snail’s pace. Can CEO Elon Musk turn things around?

Duration:00:08:42

On immigration, Congress drags its feet, White House doubles down

6/8/2018
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House Republicans came up short, again, in an effort to produce some sort of immigration compromise. It is an issue that united Democrats, but has split conservative and moderate factions of the GOP. For the second time this week, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy gathered the factions, and emerged without a deal. There could be a vote on the issue, whether Speaker Paul Ryan wants it or not and it comes as immigration policies are having profound effects at the border.

Duration:00:08:08

The politics of against

5/25/2018
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California Democrats are banking that the anti-Trump movement will thrust their candidates into seats that have not been blue in decades. But in recent weeks, there has been some push back to that push back. What does it all mean for myriad Congressional races, heading into the primary?

Duration:00:09:04

It's down to three for chief of the LAPD

5/11/2018
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The race to replace retiring LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is coming down to the wire. This week, the L-A Police Commission named its three finalists. All have ties to the department and all come from diverse backgrounds. But not in the way that many City Hall insiders had hoped.

Duration:00:08:33

Garcetti holds court on cops, homelessness and the White House

5/4/2018
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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti invited a handful of journalists to City Hall to talk about... anything. No format. No rules. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez was one of those invited. He joins Steve Chiotakis this week on The Friday Mixer.

Duration:00:07:25

Yesterday's comedy, today's standards

4/27/2018
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There is little debate that the character 'Apu' from The Simpsons is a stereotype of an Indian immigrant shop owner. But recently, that character has come under renewed criticism, and the man who voices him says he is even willing to stop doing it. Should he?

Duration:00:08:33

On this 4/20, do you know what your weed laws are?

4/20/2018
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It’s been nearly 5 months since sales of recreational marijuana became legal in California. And the business of pot is slowly coming into its own. But there are a lot of things that are dragging, not at all helped by the fact that marijuana is still listed as a schedule one substance that is open to federal criminal prosecution.

Duration:00:09:06

Will Facebook change its ways, just because Congress says so

4/13/2018
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This week, Facebook said it would stop spending money to fight a possible initiative aimed at increasing data privacy in California. Backers are gathering signatures to put a proposal on the November ballot. The social media giant’s statement comes after the company’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, took a grilling from Congress over the company’s handling of user data. How much will really change?

Duration:00:08:56

Will California listen to The White House, deploy the National Guard?

4/6/2018
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President Donald Trump says he wants to send between 2,000 and 4,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. The Republican governors of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona have all cheered Trump’s decision. But conversations between the administration and Governor Jerry Brown’s office are said to be “sensitive," and Brown himself has been uncharacteristically silent.

Duration:00:08:36

Can the nation legislate its way out of gun violence?

3/23/2018
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Tens of thousands of people in cities across the country are set to take to the streets tomorrow, in a march calling for the end gun violence and mass shootings in American schools.

Duration:00:08:39

What happens after you win an Oscar?

3/2/2018
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Hollywood's biggest night, the Oscars, is this weekend. What really happens after you win?

Duration:00:09:13

Good guys with guns a bad idea?

2/23/2018
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From Riverside County, to South Whittier, Castaic, to most recently, today – Harvard Westlake. There’s been a rash of shooting threats this week by students at local schools. Those threats have increased in the days since a gunman killed 17 people at South Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. And they have local leaders - even the President - searching for possible solutions.

Duration:00:08:46

When the "American Dream" has an expiration date

2/16/2018
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The Senate has left hundreds of thousands of "Dreamer" immigrants in limbo, rejecting rival plans that would have spared them from deportation and strengthened the nation's border security. This coincides with some new, aggressive ICE raids in the Los Angeles area.

Duration:00:08:31