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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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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.




How meth is changing Skid Row

We go to Skid Row, where there’s a surge in meth use. The trend worries social workers and the police because people on meth can be violent and erratic.

Duration: 00:47:43

How the Disney-Fox deal could change what you watch

Disney has agreed to a $52 billion deal to take over the majority of 21st Century Fox. We learn how the purchase could change what you watch on TV, in theaters, and online. This deal was announced just hours before the FCC voted to end net neutrality. We find out how that will change the internet and when.

Duration: 00:47:13

Black voters in Alabama save the day for Democrats

Democrat Doug Jones celebrated a surprise victory last night over Republican Roy Moore in ruby-red Alabama. A year ago, Donald Trump won in Alabama by 28 points.

Duration: 00:49:00

Will there be a backlash to #MeToo?

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is at the forefront of the #MeToo campaign on Capitol Hill. She and President Trump are in a Twitter war after she said he should resign. Trump responded by tweeting that the senator “would do anything” for a campaign contribution.

Duration: 00:47:54

Former 'Hole' drummer Patty Schemel on music and drug addiction

Patty Schemel was the drummer for Courtney Love’s band, Hole. But then she got into drugs, lost it all, and ended up living on the streets of LA. She writes about her journey in her new memoir, “Hit So Hard.”

Duration: 00:49:09

Director Bryan Singer sued for sexual assault

“X-Men” director Bryan Singer is being sued for sexual assault. Cesar Sanchez-Guzman says Singer raped him at a yacht party when he was 17, and then told him he could get a Hollywood career if he kept quiet. It’s not the first time Singer is the subject of sexual assault accusations.

Duration: 00:50:24

How to prepare for a fire evacuation

As fires continue to rage throughout the region, many are facing potential evacuation. Cal Fire has a list of things to have in your bag before you go, from family photographs to snacks.

Duration: 00:50:20

Ventura fire evacuee: 'I lost everything… 45 years'

Fires raging out of control in Southern California. Air quality has forced schools to close, and the Santa Ana winds are expected to become even stronger. We talk with people who’ve evacuated -- one who lost her home and everything in it, and another who doesn’t know what he’ll lose.

Duration: 00:50:17

Fleeing in the dead of night, lives upended: Personal stories from Ventura fire

Three fires are raging out of control in Southern California: One in Ventura, one in Sylmar, and one in Santa Clarita. Tens of thousands of people are under evacuation orders. We hear personal stories from Ventura County residents, and get an on-the-ground update on the status of the Sylmar fire.

Duration: 00:49:53

After a successful uterus transplant, a healthy birth

It’s a boy! For the first time in the US, a woman who received a uterus transplant has given birth. Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas made the announcement on Friday. We learn about the mother and the uterus donor, risks behind the transplant and birth, and whether this will - or should - be a viable option for women across the U.S.

Duration: 00:50:04

Politics, international intrigue, and Cuban music

The music festival “Cuba: Antes, Ahora / Cuba: Then, Now” takes place this weekend in LA, but the musicians’ journey wasn’t easy. After a mysterious sonic attack sickened workers at the U.S. Embassy in Havana and forced them to evacuate, visas were hard to come by.

Duration: 00:49:09

What's next for LA Weekly after staff gets slashed?

Yesterday, new owners at the LA Weekly laid off nine of its 13 editorial staffers. There isn’t much clarity on what’s next for the paper. The new owners remain mostly a mystery -- they’ve kept their identity veiled through a newly created company named Semanal Media.

Duration: 00:49:02

What the GOP tax plan means for college students

The Republican tax plan, which the House passed, hurts grad students by taxing their tuition waivers. Also, proposed taxes on student loans could hurt America in the long run.

Duration: 00:50:06

Are you a jerk? How to tell

With sexual assault allegations, insults issued from certain corridors of power and Twitter, it seems like jerks are everywhere. In this age of rudeness, how can you tell if you’re among the jerky masses? A UC Riverside professor has studied “jerkitude.”

Duration: 00:48:37

What American pop has to do with race, love, sex and religion

Eroticism has always been a driving force in American popular music, and it has always shaped American ideas -- about sex, love, race, spirituality, feminism, and freedom. A new book explores how music has helped us confront issues like sexuality and race.

Duration: 00:47:35

Movies to watch during the holidays

If you’re overstuffed after Thanksgiving, maybe relax with a movie. We hear from Emmy winning actor Sterling K. Brown, get recommendations for this year’s holiday movies, and learn about a new documentary on making fireworks in one Mexican town.

Duration: 00:51:32

Conversations with Jesmyn Ward, Teju Cole, and other authors we love

With the holidays comes time to read, so we’re revisiting some of our favorite conversations with authors about race, photography, food and more!

Duration: 00:48:34

Rep. Speier fights sexual harassment on Capitol Hill

California Congresswoman Jackie Speier shared her personal story of sexual assault in a video posted last month. She’s urging colleagues to come out with their experiences too, and has introduced legislation to change how sexual abuse is handled on Capitol Hill. This week, we learned Rep. John Conyers allegedly used office funds to pay $27,000 to a former aide who filed a sexual harassment claim against him.

Duration: 00:49:08

Language in the age of BuzzFeed and Twitter

With social media, the internet, and emojis everywhere, traditional rules for writing have broken down. One editor suggests language is fluid, and there’s no single correct way to write anymore.

Duration: 00:50:35

How Charles Manson became a recurring character in LA

Charles Manson died Sunday night in a hospital in Kern County. He was, of course, a pathological cult leader who directed gruesome murders. He also helped redefine Los Angeles for the whole country.

Duration: 00:48:47

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