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LA renters pay a larger percentage of their income, on average, than people in any other city in the country. And rent controlled apartments are disappearing at a growing clip because of something called the Ellis Act. Seders are over, but Passover isn’t: we have some ideas for what to do with all that matzo. A professor and a journalist think they have uncovered the secrets of comedy, and they explain their findings in a new book The Humor Code. Alibaba did more business last year than Amazon and eBay combined. You may never have heard of it, but it’s going public, and its IPO could generate more than the $16 billion Facebook raised in 2012.

Banner Image: Sarah Silverman performing at UCB in LA; Image Credit: Kevintporter

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

The Rent Is Too Damn High 8 MIN, 31 SEC

In a country-wide look at median rents vs median incomes, Zillow.com finds that the average LA family has to pay more than 45% of their income on rent -- more than any other city in the country.

Guests:
Stan Humphries, Zillow (@StanHumphries)

The Ellis Act: How to Kick Out Rent Control Tenants 8 MIN, 43 SEC

While we may have the most expensive rent in the country, we do have rent control rules here in LA for people who live in buildings built before 1979. The owners of those buildings can only raise rent a small percentage each year. But landlords are increasingly using something called The Ellis Act to evict tenants, en masse, from their rent-controlled buildings.

Guests:
Howard Fine, Reporter, Los Angeles Business Journal

What to Do with All That Matzo 7 MIN, 48 SEC

The Seders are over, but Passover is not. Observant Jews will continue to avoid eating leavened bread until the holiday ends on Tuesday night, and that means a whole lot more matzo for a whole lot of people over the next few days. And let’s face it, it’s not the most... interesting food to eat. But we’re here to help ease the monotony of a week’s worth of edible cardboard.

Guests:
Dan Pashman, Sporkful Podcast (@TheSporkful)

The Humor Code 12 MIN, 51 SEC

What makes a joke funny? A professor and a journalist think they’ve uncovered the secrets of comedy, and they explain their findings in a new book The Humor Code: A Global Search For What Makes Things Funny.

Guests:
Peter McGraw, University of Colorado, Boulder (@PeterMcGraw)
Joel Warner, journalist (@joelmwarner)

The Humor Code

Peter McGraw

Alidaba: The Biggest Company You've Never Heard Of 7 MIN, 21 SEC

There’s a tech company that did more business last year than Amazon and eBay combined. You’ve probably never heard of it, but chances are you will soon. Alibaba, China’s biggest e-commerce company, is about to go public in the United States, and it could be the biggest tech IPO of the year. It could even generate more than the $16 billion that Facebook raised from investors when it went public in 2012.

Guests:
Kevin Roose, New York magazine (@kevinroose)

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