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Many manufacturing jobs have left America in recent decades. However, factories have been coming back to the US, but the jobs have changed due to high levels of automation. So what are those jobs and are there enough of them? In the first part of our series called "Modern Trades," we spoke to Kelly Candaele. He’s a writer and filmmaker who served four terms as a Trustee of the LA Community College District. He’s spent many months capturing the stories of the construction workers at the 73-story high Wilshire Grand Center in downtown LA.

Photo: An ironworker at the Wilshire Grand Center (Sandoval Media)

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Avishay Artsy

Modern Trades 9 MIN, 59 SEC

The United States has reportedly lost more than 4.5 million manufacturing jobs since NAFTA took effect in 1994. Now, factories have been coming back to the US, but the jobs have changed due to high levels of automation. So what are those jobs and are there enough of them? In the first part of our series called "Modern Trades," we spoke to Kelly Candaele. He’s a writer and filmmaker who served four terms as a Trustee of the LA Community College District. He’s spent many months capturing the stories of the construction workers at the 73-story-high Wilshire Grand Center in downtown LA. 

Guests:
Kelly Candaele, writer and filmmaker

More:
Candaele's documentary 'Heads, Hands and Hearts: Craftsmanship at Work'
Candaele reflects on the Wilshire Grand tragedy

Build Better LA 5 MIN, 46 SEC

The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative is a proposed ballot measure that would stop construction of large-scale residential projects requiring a planning amendment or variance. Now there's a competing measure, The Build Better LA initiative, currently in the signature gathering phase. But the proponents of NII call BBLA a "wolf in sheep's clothing." What's going on and why has housing become a ballot box battle?

Guests:
Avishay Artsy, Producer, DnA: Design and Architecture (@heyavishay)
Rusty Hicks, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor (@rustyhicks)

More:
Streetsblog: New 'Build Better LA' Ballot Initiative Would Require Affordable Housing and Local Hiring
LA Times: Ballot proposal would require LA developers to provide affordable housing

TOM House 10 MIN, 55 SEC

Robert Mapplethorpe has gone mainstream, with shows of his work now at LACMA and the Getty. But what about the other artist who celebrated hot men in leather? We visit TOM House, the "butch, hippy" community of leathermen and admirers of the homoerotic illustrations of Tom of Finland, now the subject of a new book from Rizzoli Press.

Guests:
Marc Ransdell-Bellenger, Tom of Finland Foundation (@leathermarc)
Mayer Rus, Architectural Digest
Michael Reynolds, Wallpaper Magazine

More:
See images from the book 'TOM House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles'

Tom House

Michael Reynolds

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