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Like much of Los Angeles, Hollywood is getting denser. Why is one lawyer fighting big Hollywood development? We also look at a new initiative to simplify L.A.’s building codes. We talk about why a study showing that it’s not so hard to change opinions on gay marriage has been retracted. Also, Memorial Day is Monday and with the holiday comes a slate of new movies; we get reviews. Finally, the New York Times has quietly ended its policy of reviewing every movie that opens in New York, with possible effects on smaller independent films and documentaries. 

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

Robert Silverstein’s “David v. Goliath” Battle 8 MIN, 59 SEC
Los Angeles lawyer Robert Silverstein is known for stopping development in Hollywood. His litigation has either stopped or slowed at least half a dozen real estate projects including the Millennium Hollywood and a new skyscraper at the location of Old Spaghetti Factory. Madeleine meets up with Silverstein to tour the hot spots in his fights and find out more about his “David versus Goliath” battle.

Guests:
Robert Silverstein, Silverstein Law Firm

LA Rewrites Its Code 7 MIN, 39 SEC

Los Angeles is in the midst of a five-year project called re:code LA that will significantly change the city’s building codes. When the zoning code was first published back in the 1940s, it was fewer than 100 pages. Now with all the various additions and amendments it’s grown to more than 600 pages. It’s complicated and the new code aims to simplify things in a growing city. What does this mean for you and your neighborhood?

Guests:
Tom Rothmann, Senior City Planner at Los Angeles Department of City Planning.

How the Gay Marriage Canvassing Study Fell Apart 8 MIN, 44 SEC

It is rare for people to change their minds on emotionally charged political issues like gun control, climate change, abortion and gay marriage. So when a study that came out last year found that you reverse opinions on gay marriage in a matter of minutes during face-to face encounters, it got a lot of attention. Now, it turns out that key data in that study was faked and one of the study’s co-authors, scientist Donald Green of Columbia, University has retracted it. 

Guests:
Naomi Shavin, Reporter at the New Republic. (@naomimaeshavin)

More:
How the Gay Rights Canvassing Study Fell Apart
Author retracts study of changing minds on same-sex marriage after colleague admits data were faked
More strange details about that apparently fabricated study

Memorial Day Movie Roundup 13 MIN, 5 SEC

A scary remake, a disgusting sequel and a star-studded trip to the future are all coming to a screen near you this weekend. We talk about “Poltergeist,” “Tomorrowland” and “The Human Centipede 3” in this week’s film segment.

Guests:
James Rocchi, The Lunch (@jamesrochhi)
Jenna Busch, Legion of Leia (@JennaBusch)

The New York Times Stops Reviewing Every Movie 8 MIN, 31 SEC

The New York Times has changed its movie reviewing policy and is no longer weighing in on every movie that opens in the city. The paper quietly adopted this policy a few months ago. The reason? There are simply too many new movies: nearly 700 opened last year, more than twice as many as 20 years ago. 

Guests:
Kim Masters, host, 'The Business' (@kimmasters)

More:
How NY Times New Review Policy Could Hurt Docs’ Oscar Chances
New York Times Changes Film Review Policy, Can’t Guarantee Coverage (Updated)

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