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FROM THIS EPISODE

We get the latest from the tragic bus accident in Northern California that's claimed the lives of 10 people. Plus, what would a cleanup of Skid Row look like? And does a proposed plan go far enough to both clean up the area and offer services to homeless individuals? And since it's Friday, we'll be tackling the new releases in our weekly film roundup. Plus, if you're headed out to the desert this weekend, we've got a list of the must-see acts at Coachella. But if you're not so into eight-dollar bottles of water and teens in Native American head dresses, we offer a treatise on why not to go to Coachella. And then we get the latest car news, from recalls to Smart car tipping.

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

Bus Crash 4 MIN, 49 SEC

A truck ran head-on into a bus full of students from the Los Angeles area yesterday. They were on their way to visit the campus of Humboldt State University. The death toll in the crash has climbed to ten. We talk to a reporter who's been keeping up with the latest details on the crash.

Guests:
Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times (@MattStevensLAT)

Downtown Cleanup 11 MIN, 23 SEC

A Los Angeles budget official this week proposed a nearly $4,000,000 cleanup of skid row. The proposal outlines plans for more 24-hour bathrooms, trash cans and storage space for the belongings of the homeless. But critics of the plan say it doesn't go far enough.

Guests:
Andy Bales, Union Rescue Mission (@abales)

Vampires, Football and Cartoon Birds 8 MIN, 59 SEC

The newest releases out this week include Only Lovers Left Alive, a film about vampire ennui by auteur Jim Jarmusch; Draft Day, a business-of-football feel-good flick; and Rio 2, an animated romp through the Amazon. Our critics pick the movies apart and then give us a sneak peek of the latest in the Expendables franchise. 

Guests:
Devin Faraci, Badass Digest (@devincf)
Justin Chang, Variety (@JustinCChang)

Coachella Pros and Cons 8 MIN, 56 SEC

Thousands of people are filing into the Empire Polo Club in Indio for the 14th annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival. Over two long weekends, people from all over will stream into the desert to see big name acts like Outkast and Arcade Fire - as well as bands you probably never heard of. KCRW DJ Liza Richardson fills us in on some of the most exciting lesser-known acts. We also hear from a writer who says the massive marketing surrounding the event is out of control. 

Guests:
Liza Richardson, Host of 'Liza Richardson'
Madeleine Davies, Jezebel.com

Recalls, Spiders and Car Tipping 8 MIN, 37 SEC

The long list of cars being recalled is only getting longer. This week alone, Toyota recalled almost six and a half million cars over safety issues, and Mazda recalled over 40 thousand vehicles over an issue with spiders (yes, spiders!) This comes on the heels of GM's massive recall over ignition switch and airbag issues that have claimed at least 13 lives. We talk about that and all the latest auto-related news.

Guests:
Matt DeBord, writer on the auto industry (@mattdebord)

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