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A new study finds that millennials’ chances to do better economically than their parents are vanishing.

Jobs are being replaced by automation. Does Silicon Valley have any responsibility to its workers as technology replaces more jobs?

The president of South Korea was impeached today. We look at the scandal that has rocked her administration.

Our film critic looks at “Christmas Office Party,” “La La Land,” and the Japanese anime “Your Name.”

The classic Hansel and Gretel story gets re-imagined in Los Angeles. The kids follow a trail of cigarette butts and discover they have a sugar addiction.

Photo credit: Sheri Staak 

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Amy Ta
Michell Eloy

The American dream is vanishing for millennials, say researchers 8 MIN, 48 SEC

Fast food executive Andrew Puzder is Donald Trump’s pick for Labor Secretary. He’s against raising the minimum wage and anticipates more jobs being lost to automation. Automation is one reason why it’s getting harder for working class people to find good jobs. A new study from Stanford, Harvard and UC Berkeley found that only half of today’s millennials can expect to earn more than their parents.

Guests:
Richard V. Reeves, Fellow at Brookings Institution (@RichardvReeves)

Do big tech companies have an empathy gap? 8 MIN, 44 SEC

What do companies owe their workers, and what responsibility do they have when technology replaces those workers?

Guests:
Om Malik, Technology writer (@om)

The scandalous impeachment of South Korea’s first female president 9 MIN, 17 SEC

South Korean lawmakers have voted to impeach Park Geun-hye. This comes after a months-long corruption scandal over extortion, classified leaks and the president’s relationship with a childhood friend. Even Samsung and Hyundai have been swept up in the fallout.

Guests:
Don Kirk, The Atlantic

Will Americans flock to anime filmmaker Makoto Shinkai? 11 MIN, 12 SEC

Our film critic reviews “Office Christmas Party,” where Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston team up; the musical “La La Land;” and the anime “Your Name” from rising director Makoto Shinkai.

Guests:
Christy Lemire, What The Flick?! (@christylemire)

Reimagining Hansel and Gretel in Los Angeles 10 MIN, 26 SEC

You know the story: brother and sister leave a trail of breadcrumbs behind them as they walk into the woods. They’re lured into a cottage by a witch who wants to turn them into dinner. Hansel and Gretel has terrified and delighted children for centuries. Now the classic German fairy tale has gotten the LA treatment.


House of Sugar by Gordon Henderson.

 
Heart of the woods by Gordon Henderson.


Tea with the witch by Gordon Henderson.
 

Guests:
Gordon Henderson, Artist, Performer

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