The owner of the LA-area culture and news site LAist.com abruptly shut it down on Thursday, along with several other sister publications across the country. The decision comes a week after employees of the site's parent company voted to unionize. Kevin Roderick of LA Observed joins KCRW's Steve Chiotakis to chat about what this means for the LA-area news scene.
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