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The City Planning Commission approved a huge, controversial development project in South LA called The Reef. It would bring more than 1,000 housing units and retail space to a part of the city that has been largely left out of LA’s development boom. But community activists are concerned about gentrification and displacement.

Also, South LA has made great strides when it comes to gang violence over the last several decades, and one tool for law enforcement has been a database called CalGang. But a recent state audit found the database is deeply flawed, and those flaws can have far-reaching consequences.

And, more than 2,000 people die prematurely every year in Southern California because of polluted air. How can those deaths be prevented?

Then, the weekend’s movies include something for everyone, like an adults-only sex comedy about food and a kid-friendly dragon reboot.

And finally, fewer serial dramas these days leave fans on pins and needles in anticipation for next season, season after season. That’s why many shows now are trying different models and anthology series are on the rise.

Photo courtesy of LA Mart, The Reef 

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Sarah Sweeney

Will The Reef gentrify South LA, displace residents? 8 MIN, 54 SEC

The City Planning Commission Thursday approved a huge, controversial development project for South Los Angeles. It’s called The Reef and it would bring more than 1,000 apartments and condos, a grocery store and retail to a part of the city that, so far, has been largely left out of LA’s development boom. But not everyone is happy about it, and many community activists say this kind of project is a harbinger for gentrification and displacement.

Guests:
Renee Dake Wilson, Architect, Commissioner (@reneedakewilson)

The Real-life Consequences of Flawed Gang Databases 8 MIN, 1 SEC

South LA has made great strides when it comes to gang violence over the last several decades, and one tool in the belt of law enforcement has been a database called CalGang. It’s supposed to be a place where law enforcement can cross-check the names of suspects or people in police custody with a list of known gang members. However, according to a state audit out this week, the database is deeply flawed. There are unverified entries, out-of-date information and some of the information is just plain wrong. As it turns out, that can have far-reaching consequences, because immigration officials use the data to deport undocumented people, including those who may have never had gang ties in the US.

Guests:
Ali Winston, Center for Investigative Reporting (@awinston)

Thousands Die Early Every Year Due to SoCal Air Pollution 8 MIN, 27 SEC

More than 2,000 people die prematurely every year in Southern California because of polluted air. That’s according to an analysis released this week by scientists at New York University and the American Thoracic Society. Their research shows that Southern California has more to gain than any other region in the the nation in terms of lives saved by cleaning up smog and fine particle pollution.

Guests:
Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times (@tonybarboza)

Film: Adults-only ‘Sausage Party’, Kid-friendly ‘Pete’s Dragon’ 13 MIN, 49 SEC

The weekend’s movies include something for everyone – a sex comedy about food (or is it a food comedy about sex?), a terrible opera singer, an animated dragon and mustachioed bank robbers. What’s worth heading out to the cineplex for?

Guests:
Tim Grierson, Film Critic (@TimGrierson)
Grae Drake, Rotten Tomatoes (@graedrake)

The Decline of the Serial TV Drama, Rise of the Anthology 8 MIN, 51 SEC

The Season 6 finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” set up a possibly epic showdown between houses next season, and left fans immediately theorizing about what will happen next. But Game of Thrones is that too-rare great serial drama these days that leaves fans on pins and needles in anticipation for next season. That’s why many shows now are trying different models and anthology series are on the rise.

Guests:
Matt Zoller Seitz, New York magazine (@mattzollerseitz)

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