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Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel went against his industry by supporting Donald Trump. Now he’s part of the president-elect’s transition team.

Temporary work without benefits accounted for all net job growth from 2005 to 2015, and most of those jobs went to the middle aged.

Russia’s never had a fully functioning democracy, but parts of the country strikingly resemble the U.S… once you get out of cities.

Susan Burnstine has suffered from debilitating night terrors since she was four. Photography became her way to interpret and cope with those dreams.

Silver Lake has a popular new all-ages hangout: Gelson’s. The supermarket recently opened its own bar, and it’s part of a growing supermarket trend.

Banner Image: Peter Theil, credit: Dan Taylor. 

With Donald Trump's ear, what is Peter Thiel's endgame? 9 MIN, 38 SEC

Billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel is poised to become the most politically prominent face of Silicon Valley. The PayPal cofounder bucked the liberal ideology of the nation’s tech capital by supporting Donald Trump. Now he’s part of the president-elect’s transition team.

Guests:
Max Chafkin, Bloomberg Businessweek (@chafkin)

More:
The Strange Politics of Peter Thiel, Trump’s Most Unlikely Supporter

Independent contractors signal the future of work 7 MIN, 5 SEC

Some years ago, 55-year-old Steve Chermock closed his furniture business due to injuries. He recently signed up to drive for Uber and Lyft, but there are no benefits like health insurance or worker’s comp. Temporary work without benefits accounted for all net job growth from 2005 to 2015, and most of those jobs went to the middle aged.

Guests:
Karen Foshay, KCRW (@karenfoshay)

More:
KCRW Investigates

What do rural Russia and rural America have in common? 9 MIN, 24 SEC

Vladimir Putin is wildly popular in Russia’s economically depressed cities like Chelyabinsk. In the country’s heartland, the city was an industrial center until the fall of communism. Globalization gobbled up the factory jobs and spit out a city without a future -- echoes of our own Rust Belt in America.

Guests:
Anne Garrels, Reporter, Author

Photographer turns her nightmares into art 13 MIN, 30 SEC

Susan Burnstine has suffered from debilitating night terrors since she was four. Photography became her way to interpret and cope with those dreams. Burnstine’s images, which are shot with cameras she makes by hand, are likewise haunting. Her latest book, “Absence of Being,” features black-and-white landscapes that are distorted and blurred.

Photo; Homemade camera. Photo courtesy: Susan Burnstine

Guests:
Susan Burnstine, Photographer, Author

Grocery stores are the new corner bars 7 MIN, 37 SEC

Silver Lake has a popular new all-ages hangout: Gelson’s. The supermarket recently opened its own bar, right between the checkout lines and the bakery. It’s part of a growing supermarket trend.

Guests:
Katherine Spiers, LA Weekly; Producer of Smarth Mouth (@katherinespiers)

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