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Photo: Elected officials, Metro board members and the press were invited to take a test ride on the Expo Line extension on May 9, 2016. (Rob LaFond)

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Avishay Artsy

Riding the Expo Line 14 MIN, 6 SEC

The last time Los Angeles residents were able to take a train to the beach, it was the Red Car in 1953. But on May 20, Angelenos will be able to board an Expo Line train in downtown LA and take it to downtown Santa Monica, just blocks from the pier. The extension was delayed for decades over safety, environmental and funding concerns. But now Metro, the train's operator, is hailing this and other subway extensions as a "transit renaissance" for the region. Is LA moving toward a less car-dependent future?

 


LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, train operator William Smith, and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti
Photo: Rob LaFond

Guests:
Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles (@LAMayorsOffice)
Mike Bonin, Los Angeles City Council (@mikebonin)
Rick Thorpe, Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority (former) (@expoline)
David Ulin, journalist and author (@davidulin)
Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times (@hawthorneLAT)
Alissa Walker, Curbed (@awalkerinLA)

More:
Alissa Walker reviews the Expo Line extension for Gizmodo
LAist posts photos of the new Expo Line track
How Santa Monica is viewing the Expo Line extension
David Ulin writes in the New York Times about LA's transit future

High Rise Horrors 15 MIN, 41 SEC

You may have seen Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun or David Cronenberg's Crash. They're both stories based on books by J.G. Ballard. Now a movie has been made about a novel of Ballard's that was considered impossible to adapt into a film. It's High-Rise, a story in which the occupants of a luxury apartment tower descend into barbarism. The film was directed by Ben Wheatley and produced by Jeremy Thomas.

Guests:
Ben Wheatley, director
Jeremy Thomas, producer

More:
'High Rise:' Filming the 'Unfilmable' Ballard
In Ballard's 'High-Rise,' the metaphor eats the story, Tom Hiddleston eats the metaphor

High-Rise

Ben Wheatley

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