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Angelenos aren’t volunteering as much as they’d like to according to a new poll from USC. One popular way for people to feel like they’re contributing to something worthwhile is by funding a Kickstarter campaign. Now, at the request of the White House, Kickstarter is asking people to help Syrian refugees. The money goes to the U.N. Refugee Agency, and so far nearly $1 million has been raised. Then, we talk to the new artistic director of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Finally, Swedish producer Max Martin has written songs for the biggest pop stars of the past twenty years, from Britney Spears to Taylor Swift, and he helped pioneer the songwriting approach that today’s top hitmakers use.

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

Why Aren’t Angelenos Volunteering More? 5 MIN, 36 SEC

Angelenos are not really helping the less fortunate in their own backyard. They’d like to! But they’re just too busy. That’s one of the findings in a new poll from USC.

Guests:
Dan Schnur, USC Unruh Institute of Politics / Dornsife LA Times Poll (@danschnur)

More:
NEW UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DORNSIFE COLLEGE OF LETTERS, ARTS AND SCIENCES/LOS ANGELES TIMES POLL

Can Kickstarter Help Syria? 8 MIN, 43 SEC

A popular way for people to feel like they’re contributing to something worthwhile is by funding a Kickstarter campaign. But those campaigns are usually for other people’s pet projects. For the first time, Kickstarter is now raising money for a social cause. At the request of The White House, Kickstarter is asking people to help Syrian refugees. The money goes to the U.N. Refugee Agency, and so far nearly $1 million has been raised.

Guests:
William Michael Cunningham, Managing Partner of National Crowdfunding Services. (@CreativeInv)

Wallis Center's Artistic Director On LA Theater 8 MIN, 10 SEC

There was a lot of excitement when Eli Broad’s new art museum opened downtown last month. It’s sold out until the middle of November. Now another Southern California arts institution is hoping to get some of that buzz. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts opened two years ago. We talk to its new artistic director about his vision for theater in Los Angeles.

Guests:
Paul Crewes, Artistic Director of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. (@paulcrewes)

More:
Wallis Annenberg Center names Paul Crewes as artistic director

'The Song Machine' Looks At The Making of Pop 16 MIN, 42 SEC

Lennon and McCartney. The two Beatles need no introduction—they’ve written the most number-one hit songs of all time. In third place? A 44-year-old Swedish producer named Max Martin. He’s written songs for the biggest pop stars of the past twenty years, from Britney Spears to Taylor Swift, and he helped pioneer the songwriting approach that today’s top hitmakers use.


Guests:
John Seabrook, New Yorker magazine (@jmseabrook)
Bryan Fryzel, Grammy-winning pop and hip-hop producer

The Song Machine

John Seabrook

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