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Madeleine visits the Midnight Mission on Skid Row, which serves 3,000 meals a day to poor and homeless Angelenos. Unlike some cities, L.A. doesn’t have laws requiring developers to include affordable units in their rental projects. We look at the reasons behind it. In our weekly film wrap up, a peek at the latest Liam Neeson action flick; a “Hunger Games”-style dystopian sci-fi film; and “This is Where I Leave You,” starring Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, and Jane Fonda. And Madeleine talks to NPR’s Carrie Kahn about the latest on children crossing the border, which she has been covering all summer from her home in Mexico City.

Banner Image: Skid Row, Los Angeles, by: TheGeekHead

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

A Trip to the Midnight Mission 8 MIN, 36 SEC

New numbers out this week show that, despite our improving economy, about 20 percent of people here live in poverty. It’s one of the highest rates of any metropolitan region in the nation. And nowhere is the issue more apparent than at the Midnight Mission on Skid Row. The mission serves about 3000 meals a day, more than at any other time since the Great Depression. Madeleine visits the mission and talks with the people there.

    

Thomas Martinez works at a hip downtown restaurant and lives in South L.A., but eats at the Midnight Mission when money is tight.

 

Christian Caudillo eats regularly at the Midnight Mission with his family.

 

Jean Ellingen sleeps in a tent at the Midnight Mission.

L.A.’s Affordable Housing Problem 8 MIN, 32 SEC

Some cities, like West Hollywood, San Diego, New York, and San Francisco have laws requiring developers to include some affordable units in their rental projects. Los Angeles does not. We look at why.

Guests:
Anna Scott, Producer, 'Press Play' (@AnnaKCRW)
Marc Trotz, Director of the county’s Housing for Health program.

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Tombstones and Maze Runners 12 MIN, 10 SEC

In our weekly film wrap-up: Liam Neeson’s latest action flick, “A Walk Among Tombstones.” “The Maze Runner,” a kind of Lord of the Flies meets Hunger Games. “This is Where I Leave You,” starring Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, and Jane Fonda. And a return to the Bourne and Bond movies.

Guests:
James Rocchi, The Lunch (@jamesrochhi)
Christy Lemire, What The Flick?! (@christylemire)

From the Other Side of the Border 9 MIN, 46 SEC

The President has delayed action on an immigration overhaul until after the November election. But across the border in Mexico, officials are in the midst of the largest crackdown on illegal immigrants in decades. This is just one reason the flow of Central American children into the U.S. has slowed from a torrent earlier this summer to a trickle now. The latest Homeland Security data shows the number of kids detained at the border in July was half the number from June. Host Madeleine Brand talks to NPR’s Carrie Kahn who’s been covering this story all summer from her home base in Mexico City.

Guests:
Carrie Kahn, NPR (@ckahn)

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