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A 2008 law that was supposed to help regulate California’s massage parlors is about to expire. Critics say the law just protected the industry and didn’t do what it was supposed to. Plus, we look at a new study of the sex trade in eight US cities. Also, housing prices are on the rise in parts of Southern California, reaching levels unseen since the last housing bubble. Meanwhile, the tech company behind the “Candy Crush” game expects to be worth more than 7.5 billion dollars when it goes public later this month. Are we headed towards another financial bubble?

Banner Image Credit: Thomas Hawk

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

Back to the Bubble? 7 MIN, 5 SEC

Housing prices are on the rise in Southern California, in some places much more than others. In Venice, a house that the website Curbed LA described as a “hideous shack” is on the market for one and a half million dollars. And don’t go looking next door for something more reasonable. Every house on that block is priced at more than a million now. So, are we in another bubble?

Guests:
Adrian Glick Kudler, Curbed LA (@curbedLA)

Candy Crushing It 8 MIN, 52 SEC

King Digital Entertainment, maker of the addictive smartphone game “Candy Crush Saga,” expects to be worth more than $7.5 billion dollars when it goes public this month -- a figure that seems a bit inflated (to say the least) to some observers.

Guests:
Sam Biddle, Gawker (@samfbiddle)

More:
Candy Crush Says It's Worth $7.6 Billion as Public Company

Where Should We Go To Eat? 9 MIN, 12 SEC

In a land of endless options, it’s an unenviable task to come up with a list of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. But that didn’t stop L.A. Weekly restaurant critic Besha Rodell from giving it her best. She joins us to discuss her list of “99 Essential Restaurants.”

Guests:
Besha Rodell, LA Weekly (@BeshaRodell)

More:
99 Essential Restaurants 2014

Massaging the Rules 4 MIN, 54 SEC

A 2008 law that was supposed to help regulate California’s massage parlors -- and crack-down on illegal ones -- is about to expire. Critics say the law just protected the industry and didn’t do what it was supposed to.

Guests:
Jeremy White, Sacramento Bee (@jeremybwhite)

More:
Local officials struggle with massage business boom as state regulations expire

State of the Sex Trade 9 MIN, 49 SEC

A new study of the sex trade in eight US cities sheds some light on a business that’s conducted mostly in the dark. For instance, pimps in Atlanta could make up to $30,000 a week, while a sex act in Dallas may cost a person as little as $5.

Guests:
Meredith Dank, Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center (@MeredithDank)

More:
Sex trade in eight cities worth nearly $1 billion, study says
Sex trade varies by city

SXSW Check-in 8 MIN, 25 SEC

The music portion of the SXSW festival kicked-off yesterday with some big name acts like Coldplay and rapper Pitbull. Later in the week, Lady Gaga is scheduled to perform. That shows how much has changed since the festival started back in 1987. Back then, it wasn’t a showcase for huge names  - it was a place to discover new acts. And that’s what KCRW DJ Anne Litt is doing down there in Austin this week -- checking out the bands that may be tomorrow’s big names. She joins us now from the festival.

Guests:
Anne Litt, Host of 'Anne Litt' (@anne_litt)

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