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We start on Skid Row today, where the police shooting of a homeless man on Sunday is still reverberating. What is the city doing to help the mentally ill and chronically homeless on Skid Row? Next, a U.S. Supreme Court twofer: First, a look at how the case going in front of the justices tomorrow that challenges the Affordable Care Act came about and who the unlikely plaintiffs are. Then, a case being argued today over a Los Angeles law that allows police to look at hotel registries without a warrant. Next, Madeleine speaks with actor Randall Park about his roles in ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat and the film The Interview. And finally, Target is overhauling its grocery offerings to appeal to younger, more health-conscious shoppers. Will it work?

Banner Image: The Skid Row City Limits Mural by Stephen Zeigler

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

How to Help the Skid Row Homeless 9 MIN, 33 SEC

Protesters gathered this morning on Skid Row to express their anger at the police shooting of a homeless man known as Africa. The LA Times identified his real name as Charley Robinet. He was killed after scuffling with several police officers on Sunday. The shooting has once again brought the spotlight on Skid Row and the plight of the homeless in Los Angeles. We take a look at what the city’s doing to help the mentally ill and move the chronically homeless off Skid Row and whether there’s any new hope in an approach known as “housing first.”

Guests:
Andy Bales, Union Rescue Mission (@abales)

The Faces of King v. Burwell 6 MIN, 59 SEC

Tomorrow, the Affordable Care Act goes back to the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices will hear arguments in a case called King v Burwell. It challenges Obamacare based on four words in the law’s hundreds of pages; four words addressing tax subsidies that help people pay for insurance. The plaintiffs claim that because of how the law is written, only people who buy coverage through state-run marketplaces should get subsidies. If they win, millions of people in the 34 states where the federal government runs the marketplaces could lose health care. California is not one of those states -- we have our own marketplace -- but today we take a step back and look at how this case came about in the first place. Who are the plaintiffs, and how did they get involved?

Guests:
Stephanie Mencimer, Mother Jones magazine (@smencimer)

More:
The Supreme Court Is About to Hear the Case That Could Destroy Obamacare

No Tell Motel 7 MIN, 55 SEC

Moving on to another U.S. Supreme Court case, this one was heard today and it involves a Los Angeles law that allows police to look at hotel registries without a warrant. It’s called the City of Los Angeles v. Patel, and it revolves around a law that has been on the books since 1899. A lower court found it unconstitutional, even though many other cities have similar laws. So what’s likely to happen, and what would the ramifications be?

Guests:
Rory Little, law professor at Hastings Law School and writes for the SCOTUS blog (@rorylittle)

Randall Park on 'The Interview' and 'Fresh Off the Boat' 14 MIN, 22 SEC

Actors rarely find themselves at the center of foreign policy dust-ups. But Randall Park can now add it to his resume. The actor played North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un in the film The Interview. The character didn’t sit so well with the actual Kim Jong-Un. But while Sony is still picking up the pieces, Park has moved on to a new role. He plays a Taiwanese immigrant family man on ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, and he joins us to talk about both roles.

Guests:
Randall Park, actor

Target Overhauls Grocery Selection to Attract Millennials 7 MIN, 30 SEC

Groceries are big business for big box stores. Now Target wants its piece of the proverbial pie. It’s strategy is to bring in millennials by offering products like Greek yogurt, premium coffee and craft beer. The hipification of Target’s food aisle is partly an effort to recover from its massive data breach in 2013 and regain market share. Can Target be a contender in the high-end grocery wars?

Guests:
Paul Ziobro, retail reporter for the Wall Street Journal. (@pziobro)

More:
Target Revamps Groceries for Millennials

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