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We start today with the capture of fugitive drug kingpin “El Chapo” in Mexico. How did it happen?

Then, an update on the Porter Ranch methane leak disaster, including a conversation with a resident there.

A new report from the city’s top financial adviser says it’s going to cost Los Angeles nearly $2 billion over the next 10 years to house its homeless. What does the mayor have to say about it?

Then, a look at the large number of great cinematographers who have come to Hollywood from Eastern Europe. Why so many from this one part of the world?

And finally, in our regular Friday film roundup, our movie critics sound off on The Revenant, The Hateful Eight and more.

Banner Image Credit: Drug Enforcement Administration

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

El Chapo Captured 5 MIN, 42 SEC

Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has been captured. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted the news around 10 this morning. What do we know so far?

Guests:
Carrie Kahn, NPR (@ckahn)

Checking In on the Porter Ranch Disaster 10 MIN, 55 SEC

The natural gas leak in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of L.A. County is turning into a major disaster. Thousands of residents have been moved out of their homes. Schools have been relocated. People have suffered headaches, nausea, nosebleeds, and other symptoms. The leak was detected back in October. But it has taken until this week for Gov. Jerry Brown to get involved and declare a state of emergency. Meanwhile, cleanup could cost billions. And the leak is so bad, it’s impacting global warming emissions targets for the whole state. We get the ground-level and big-picture views.

Guests:
Matt Pakucko, Save Porter Ranch (@mattpakucko)
David Pettit, Natural Resources Defense Council (@TeamAir)

A New Price Tag For L.A.'s Homeless Crisis 8 MIN, 23 SEC

In a new report, the city’s top financial adviser says it’s going to cost to nearly $2 billion to house our homeless over the next 10 years. City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana says it’ll take at least $1.85 billion to house the 26,000 people who live on L.A.’s streets over the next decade, and that most of the money should go to new housing. It sounds like a tall order and it’s up to our elected officials to decide how to fill it. We get the mayor’s reaction.

Guests:
Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles (@LAMayorsOffice)

Eastern European Cinematographers 11 MIN, 16 SEC

What do the films The Deer Hunter, Deliverance and Close Encounters of the Third Kind have in common? They’re all iconic movies, and they were all shot by cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond. He died on New Year’s Day at the age of 85. He and his friend Laszlo Kovacs started out filming the carnage as the Soviet Union quashed the Hungarian revolt against Communist rule in 1956. Then they came to Hollywood – and they are only two of many great film photographers from Eastern Europe. How did so many extraordinary cinematographers come from one part of the world?

Guests:
Jan-Christopher Horak, UCLA Film & Television Archive

Friday Film: 'The Revenant,' 'The Hateful Eight' and More 13 MIN, 34 SEC

Hollywood is busy with awards season these days. Too busy, in fact, to give us much of anything new to see in the movies in early January. So for our inaugural 2016 movie roundup, we’re talking about a few movies that you may have missed over the holiday break, including The Hateful Eight and The Revenant.

Guests:
Dave White, Film Critic (@dlelandwhite)
Alonso Duralde, Film Critic (@ADuralde)

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