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A new study paints a bleak picture of LA County’s homeless situation, finding 13,000 new homeless people a month. You’ve probably seen evidence of this: encampments under overpasses, and streets lined with overflowing shopping carts. Two city ordinances aimed at cleaning things up were implemented in July. But they’re controversial, confusing, and unevenly enforced. And Joe Biden looks to be eyeing the Oval Office again. He met with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren on Saturday, and has already made stops in Iowa and New Hampshire this year. After unsuccessful campaigns in 1988 and 2008, can Biden win? Then, Rowland Heights is a typical community in the San Gabriel Valley. Chinese restaurants and Asian markets anchor miles of strip malls, and single family homes line the suburban side streets. It’s also become the American capital of Chinese birth tourism. Finally, L.A. is in the middle of an ice cream renaissance. New, artisanal frozen dessert spots have opened all over the city.

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

New Study Finds Growing Homeless Population 17 MIN, 17 SEC

A new study paints a bleak picture of LA County’s homeless situation. There are 13,000 new homeless people a month, according to the Economic Roundtable, a nonprofit research group based in L.A. Driving around, you’ve probably seen evidence of this: encampments under overpasses, and streets lined with overflowing shopping carts. Two city ordinances aimed at cleaning things up were implemented in July. But they’re controversial, confusing, and unevenly enforced.

Guests:
Daniel Flaming, Economic Roundtable
Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times (@geholland)
Gary Blasi, Public Counsel (@UCLA_Law)

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ALL ALONE: ANTECEDENTS OF CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS

Biden 2016? 10 MIN, 32 SEC

Joe Biden looks to be eyeing the Oval Office again. He met with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren on Saturday, and has already made stops in Iowa and New Hampshire this year. These moves have some in the political class asking: really, Joe? After unsuccessful campaigns in 1988 and 2008, does Biden stand to win this time? What does he stand to lose?

Guests:
Jamelle Bouie, Slate (@jbouie)

Chinese Birth Tourism in the San Gabriel Valley 12 MIN, 32 SEC

Rowland Heights is a typical community in the San Gabriel Valley. Chinese restaurants and Asian markets anchor miles of strip malls, and single family homes line the suburban side streets. But Rowland Heights has also become the American capital of Chinese birth tourism.

Guests:
Ben Carlson, Rolling Stone (@bfcarlson)

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Welcome to Maternity Hotel California

Ice Cream Renaissance 5 MIN, 31 SEC

L.A. is in the middle of an ice cream renaissance. The pricey ice cream chain Jeni’s opened its first West Coast location in Los Feliz this year. Around the corner, there’s often a line out the door at the Churro Borough, where they serve $5 churro ice cream sandwiches. These are just two examples of the many new, artisanal frozen dessert spots that have opened all over the city.

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

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