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A recent poll shows that blacks and Latinos are far more optimistic about the “American Dream” than their white counterparts. Which might seem counterintuitive, given the heightened racial tensions in America.

Then, 2015 is turning out to be a violent year in many U.S. cities, and Los Angeles is no exception. More than 185 people have been killed so far this year. 39 people were killed just last month, making it the deadliest August in eight years. South L.A. is seeing more than its share of that violence.

If you’re planning a beach day this long weekend, one place you won’t be going is El Sol County Beach in Malibu. L.A. County bought it in 1974 with taxpayer money and a promise to preserve it for public recreation. However, El Sol has never been open to the public. That’s partly because of lawsuits by wealthy beachfront homeowners who want to keep it closed.

Finally, The Fast and the Furious came out 14 years ago, and it’s now one of the most successful film franchises ever. The franchise made big action stars out of Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and the late Paul Walker. And they’ve made a star out of one ordinary house in Echo Park.

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

Minority Optimism and the American Dream 7 MIN, 30 SEC

The August jobs report is out. Unemployment is down to 5.1 percent, but far fewer jobs were created than expected—and the stock market is reacting. But some Americans are bullish on our country’s future: minorities. A recent poll shows that blacks and Latinos are far more optimistic about the “American Dream” than their white counterparts. Which might seem counterintuitive, given the heightened racial tensions in America.

Guests:
Jyarland Daniels, Race Forward (@jyarland)
Russell Berman, The Atlantic (@RussellBerman)

Why is Violence On the Rise in South L.A.? 9 MIN, 28 SEC

2015 is turning out to be a violent year in many U.S. cities, and Los Angeles is no exception. More than 185 people have been killed so far this year. 39 people were killed just last month, making it the deadliest August in eight years. South LA is seeing more than its share of that violence.

Guests:
Phil Tingirides, LAPD

Malibu's El Sol Beach Closed to the Public 6 MIN, 45 SEC

If you’re planning a beach day this long weekend, one place you won’t be going is El Sol County Beach in Malibu. L.A. County bought it in 1974 with taxpayer money and a promise to preserve it for public recreation. In the 41 years since then, however, El Sol has never been open to the public. That’s partly because of lawsuits by wealthy beachfront homeowners who want to keep it closed.

Guests:
Jenny Price, writer, artist and historian

More:
Jenny Price: The county is awol in the fight for Malibu beaches

Film Roundup: 'The Transporter Refueled,' 'A Walk in the Woods' 13 MIN, 38 SEC

We look at this weekend’s releases. There’s an action thriller reboot, and a story of two older friends who get together to hike the Appalachian Trail and more.

Guests:
Kyle Buchanan, Editor (@kylebuchanan)
Grae Drake, Rotten Tomatoes (@graedrake)

Toretto's House from 'The Fast and the Furious' 8 MIN, 21 SEC

The Fast and the Furious came out 14 years ago, and it’s now one of the most successful film franchises ever. If you haven’t seen the movie or its six sequels, here’s what you need to know: fast cars, crazy stunts, and a great-looking cast. Fast and Furious movies have grossed almost $4 billion worldwide. They’ve made big action stars out of Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and the late Paul Walker. And they’ve made a star out of one ordinary house in Echo Park. Press Play producer Anna Scott has more, for our new series “L.A. Dwellings.”


"Toretto's House" from 'The Fast and the Furious,' located on East Kensington Road in Echo Park

Guests:
Anna Scott, Producer, 'Press Play' (@AnnaKCRW)

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