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Netflix has a new parental leave policy that’s generous even by cushy Silicon Valley standards. New moms and dads at the streaming video service now get up to a year of unlimited, paid time off. Most American workers get only three months of unpaid family leave. Is Netflix leading the way to better work-life balance, or can unlimited time off backfire?

Then, the L.A. County jails have been full of mentally ill inmates for years. Conditions are deplorable and a rash of suicides in recent years prompted a Department of Justice investigation. This morning, the DOJ and the Sheriff’s Department announced a new deal for increased federal oversight in county jails.

And the L.A. city council voted unanimously yesterday to impose stricter regulations on gun owners. In an attempt to make it harder for kids to get their hands on guns, firearms will now have to be under lock and key or disabled with a trigger lock when out of reach of the owner.

Next, public spaces can make or break a city. They’re escapes from the relentless urban pace and help turn neighborhoods into communities. But aside from the beach, Los Angeles has never been known for great public spaces.

Finally, now that Boston dropped out of the running to host the 2024 Summer Games, the baton could be handed off to Los Angeles. What made the 1984 games such a success?

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

Netflix's New, Generous Parental Leave Policy 9 MIN, 58 SEC

Netflix has a new parental leave policy that’s generous even by cushy Silicon Valley standards. New moms and dads at the streaming video service now get up to a year of unlimited, paid time off. Most American workers get only three months of unpaid family leave. Is the company leading the way to better work-life balance? Or can unlimited time off backfire?

Guests:
Zach Seward, Quartz (@zseward)

Can More Federal Oversight Fix L.A. County Jails? 5 MIN, 53 SEC

The L.A. County jails have been full of mentally ill inmates for years. Conditions are deplorable. and a rash of suicides in recent years prompted a Department of Justice investigation. This morning, the DOJ and the Sheriff’s Department announced a new deal for increased federal oversight in county jails.

Guests:
Celeste Fremon, WitnessLA.com (@witnessla)

More:
After years of scandal, L.A. jails get federal oversight, sweeping reforms

New L.A. Gun Regulations Aim to Keep Kids Safe 7 MIN, 26 SEC

The L.A. city council voted unanimously yesterday to impose stricter storage regulations on gun owners. In an attempt to make it harder for kids to get their hands on guns, firearms will now have to be under lock and key or disabled with a trigger lock when out of reach of the owner. What does this mean for gun rights and gun safety?

Guests:
Adam Winkler, University of California, Los Angeles (@adamwinkler)

Making L.A.: Public Spaces 14 MIN, 19 SEC

Public spaces can make or break a city. They’re escapes from the relentless urban pace and help bring people together. They are town squares that make communities out of neighborhoods. They can even be engines for economic growth. But aside from the beach, Los Angeles has never been known for great public spaces. Just a few years ago, it was almost impossible to even have a sidewalk cafe. Is that changing?


A vintage postcard shows an early Pershing Square

Guests:
Aaron Paley, President and co-founder of Community Arts Resources, and co-founder and Executive Director of CicLAvia.
Fred Kent, Project for Public Spaces (@fred_kent)

More:
Big Improvements Finally Coming to Awful Pershing Square
Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park to get massive spheres art project from Portraits of Hope
L.A. moving to get $7.5 million in public art funds off starting block

Designing the 1984 Olympics 9 MIN, 17 SEC

There was a time when Los Angeles was turned into one giant unified space - the 1984 Olympics, considered one of the most successful in Olympic history. Now that Boston dropped out of the running to host the 2024 Summer Games, the baton could be handed off to Los Angeles. So what made the 1984 games such a success? In part, a triumph of design.

Guests:
Paul Prejza, Founder and Executive Vice President of the design firm Sussman-Prejza

More:
1984 LOS ANGELES OLYMPICS - Design Summary
Here Are LA's Huge Plans for the 2024 Olympics

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