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We begin today with a look at a new report by county auditors that says L.A. taxpayers are still footing the bill to incarcerate a huge number of juvenile offenders, even though arrest numbers are going down.

Meanwhile, the current heroin epidemic has led to a kinder, gentler strategy than the “War on Drugs” of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Next, an increasing number of voters are declining to state their party. Why, and how is it playing out in the presidential race?

Over the weekend, California winemaking legend Peter Mondavi died. We look at his life and work.

And finally, in our regular food segment, a look at the trend of pop-up restaurants.

Banner Image: The hallway of a juvenile detention center; Credit: Rich Johnstone via Flickr

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Laura Swisher

Youth Lockup 8 MIN, 58 SEC

Cracking down on crack ramped up the War on Drugs in the 1980s, and it didn’t matter if you were an adult using crack or a kid; tough on crime was tough on crime. That, of course, led to a surge of juvenile offenders right here in Los Angeles in the ‘80s and ‘90s. But juvenile arrests have since plummeted in L.A. County. A new county audit, however, says that taxpayers are still paying for the same levels of staffing and facilities, and the cost is up to about $233,000 per juvenile offender every year.

Guests:
Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times (@gtherolf)

The New Heroin Epidemic 13 MIN, 7 SEC

We heard at the top of the show about the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, Now, with heroin use up around the country, a kinder, gentler sort of policy solution is in vogue. This past weekend, governors gathered in Washington, D.C., to talk about heroin and prescription drug addiction, and the conversation was about public health solutions to the problem. Madeleine gets an expert to weigh in on this new approach.

Guests:
Carl Hart, Columbia University (@drcarlhart)

Figuring Out Young Voters 9 MIN, 59 SEC

Republicans are nearing endangered species status in California. According to a new report by the Secretary of State, the number of California voters registered as Republicans is now at 28 percent. Democrats are holding steady at 43 percent. But an increasing number of people are now registering as “decline to state.” That number seems to be driven by young Californians who increasingly don’t identify with either the Democratic or Republican parties. What’s driving the trend, and how is it playing out in this year’s presidential race?

Guests:
Frank Luntz, Luntz Research Companies (@FrankLuntz)

Peter Mondavi Dies 9 MIN, 42 SEC

Lift a glass of cabernet to the life of Peter Mondavi. The legendary California winemaker and patriarch of the Charles Krug Winery died this past weekend. He was 101. Mondavi helped create the wine business in the Napa Valley, and cultivated the growth of California wine into some of the best known in the world. We hear about his life and impact on California wine.


Image courtesy of Charles Krug

Guests:
Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle (@Esther_Mobley)

Pop-Up Restaurants 7 MIN, 32 SEC

Opening a restaurant is a risky business, with some studies saying half of all restaurants fail in the first year. So, restaurateurs are using a newer model: pop-ups. These are temporary restaurants where diners can sample a chef’s creations for a limited time. Once a cool quirky trend, pop-up restaurants are now becoming as mainstream as food trucks.

Guests:
Katherine Spiers, How It Got In Your Mouth (@katherinespiers)

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