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In the third installment of our new series “Making LA,” we discuss everyone’s favorite topic: government. The LA Metro area comprises 88 cities, plus the county government. What are the unique challenges of this welter of local governments? Next, though Cuba and the U.S. are re-opening relations, a sticky question remains: How to deal with U.S. fugitives living in Cuba? Then, Madeleine Brand and KCRW’s Jason Bentley take us to the famous Tresor club in Berlin, to talk about German techno music. Finally, Philip Anschutz has been called “the man who owns L.A.” The mysterious billionaire rarely gives interviews or speaks in public. In recent years, Anschutz has been pursuing a somewhat surprising new venture: the conservative climate change skeptic wants to build the world’s largest renewable energy project.

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

Making L.A: Government 17 MIN, 18 SEC

In the third installment of our new series “Making LA,” we discuss everyone’s favorite topic: government. The LA Metro area comprises 88 cities, plus the county government. What are the unique challenges of this welter of local governments?

Guests:
Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles (@SonensheinPBI)
Rick Cole, City of Santa Monica

U.S. Fugitives in Cuba 7 MIN, 23 SEC

While the US and Cuba laud the return to normal relations between the two countries—including today’s announcement of embassies re-opening in Washington and Havana—some seventy U.S. fugitives in Cuba are not celebrating. How to deal with these fugitives from U.S. justice remains a sticky legal issue.

Guests:
Douglas McNabb, practices international criminal defense and extradition law

KCRW in Berlin: German Techno 12 MIN, 57 SEC

Madeleine Brand and KCRW’s Jason Bentley take us to the famous Tresor club in Berlin, to talk about German techno music, the real history of what’s now known as EDM, or electronic dance music, and what lessons urban areas in the US can learn from how that influential cultural scene developed.

Guests:
Jason Bentley, Host, 'Morning Becomes Eclectic;' KCRW Music Director (@jason_bentley)

A Conservative Billionaire’s Play for Wind Power 8 MIN, 28 SEC

Philip Anschutz has been called “the man who owns L.A.” The mysterious billionaire rarely gives interviews or speaks in public, yet his footprints are all over this city. Anschutz’s holdings include the Staples Center, the film company Walden Media, the Los Angeles Kings hockey team and a stake in the Lakers. In recent years, Anschutz has been pursuing a somewhat surprising new venture: the conservative climate change skeptic wants to build the world’s largest renewable energy project.

Guests:
Gabriel Kahn, University of Southern California (@gabekahn)

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