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Austin Beutner is the new chief of the Los Angeles public school system. Beutner is a philanthropist, former deputy mayor, former LA Times publisher. He doesn’t have much experience in public education - though he founded a charity to give glasses to students who can’t afford them. He’s an unconventional choice to head the LAUSD, but a good one? We get perspectives from the president of a teachers union, a parent of a local high school student, and the leader of a nonprofit that’s funded LA Unified and charter schools.
More than 12 million Americans work in the gig economy, including Uber drivers and freelance writers. California’s highest court on Monday issued a unanimous decision that says if those workers are at the core of a business, they must have standard worker protections, such as a minimum wage. The ruling could significantly alter the way these companies operate.
Harley Shaiken, Professor of Labor, UC Berkeley
We talk about why the FX TV show ‘Atlanta’ is so unusual and so good. Donald Glover created the show. Now in its second season, it’s darker, weirder and more violent.
Scenes from the TV series "Atlanta." Credit: FX Networks.
San Diego craft brewer Border X is planning to open a new location in LA this fall. The people behind the brews put a Mexican spin on traditional beers. Border X adds to a growing craft scene in LA that’s looking to court Latino drinkers by using ingredients commonly found south of the border.
Javier Cabral, blogger
A new study says five lifestyle habits can extend our lives. No surprises there: eat a healthy diet, keep a healthy weight, exercise, don’t smoke, and don’t drink too much. If you do all those things, the study predicts you’ll live 14 years longer if you’re a woman, and 12 years longer if you’re a man.
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US-Russia politics: Cold War to 'Hot Peace' Michael McFaul was U.S. Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, during Obama’s presidency. Now out with a new memoir, McFaul talks to us about being the target of disinformation, Putin’s popularity and view of the U.S., and the danger of living in Russia.
Calif. Governor's race: Travis Allen interview Republican State Assemblyman Travis Allen represents parts of Orange County, including Huntington Beach. A new LA Times poll puts him at 5th place in the race to be California’s next governor. We talk housing, the Republican effort to repeal the gas tax, and immigration.
200 professors call for resignation of USC president In a letter published in the LA Times, 200 USC professors say the school’s president Max Nikias has “lost the moral authority to lead.” This comes after a scandal involving a campus gynecologist accused of inappropriate behavior.
How 3 iconic Angelenos shaped the idea of LA In the early 1900s, three Angelenos were instrumental in the huge and sudden growth of the city: engineer William Mulholland, movie director DW Griffith, and charismatic evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. They’re the subject of the new book “The Mirage Factory.”
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