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Volkswagen’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn, resigned this morning, and its stock has taken a nosedive. The company has set aside more than $7 billion to deal with the fallout of the clean diesel scandal, affecting more than 11 million cars worldwide. And, in Los Angeles, more than 26,000 people are living on the streets. City leaders have declared a state of emergency and they want to spend $100 million fixing the homeless problem. One thing is for sure: Section Eight housing will be a part of whatever plan is proposed. Section 8 is a federal program that subsidizes rental housing. Last year, it accounted for nearly half a billion dollars in the city of Los Angeles alone. Then, Jonathan Franzen’s new novel Purity is already number two on the New York Times bestseller list. But it’s also been controversial. Purity has been called everything from a masterpiece to sexist to nonsense. So what does the author make of it all? Franzen sat down recently with KCRW’s bookworm, Michael Silverblatt, to talk about his new book. Finally, to clerk for a Supreme Court justice is to rocket into the upper echelons of the law profession. Recent clerks are offered $300,000 bonuses to join elite law firms. So what does it mean, then, that only a third of Supreme Court law clerks are women? And that the pool of clerks is overwhelmingly white?

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Fallout 13 MIN, 23 SEC

Volkswagen’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn, has resigned after it was revealed that the car company had been cheating emissions tests. The company’s stock has taken a nosedive. The company has set aside more than $7 billion to deal with the fallout of the clean diesel scandal. We’re talking about 11 million cars worldwide.


Guests:
Aaron Robinson, Car and Driver magazine

The Homeless and Section 8 Housing in L.A. 8 MIN, 4 SEC

Los Angeles has more people living on the streets than any other city in the nation—more than 26,000. City leaders have declared a state of emergency and they want to spend $100 million fixing the homeless problem. One thing is for sure: Section 8 housing will be a part of whatever plan is proposed. Section 8 is a federal program that subsidizes rental housing. Last year, it accounted for nearly half a billion dollars in the city of Los Angeles alone.

Guests:
Peter Lynn, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (@LAHomeless)

Jonathan Franzen’s 'Purity' 11 MIN, 46 SEC

Jonathan Franzen’s new novel Purity came out this month and is already number two on the New York Times bestseller list. But it’s also been controversial. Purity has been called everything from a masterpiece to sexist to nonsense. So what does the author make of it all? Franzen sat down recently with KCRW’s bookworm, Michael Silverblatt, to talk about his new book.

Guests:
Michael Silverblatt, host, 'Bookworm'

Diversity and Supreme Court Clerks 11 MIN, 21 SEC

The Supreme Court’s fall term kicks off in two weeks. To clerk for a Supreme Court justice is to rocket into the upper echelons of the law profession. Recent clerks are offered $300,000 bonuses to join elite law firms. So what does it mean, then, that only a third of Supreme Court law clerks are women? And that the pool of clerks is overwhelmingly white?

Guests:
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate

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