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Today we begin with a preview of KCRW’s five-part investigation into wage theft and other abuses in LA’s restaurant industry. The series, Burned, airs this week and reporter Karen Foshay talks about findings. Next, President Obama has signed a new law that will require food makers to label items that contain genetically modified ingredients. But there’s no scientific evidence of health risks related to GMOs, so what’s the purpose of the labels? Then, we revisit a conversation from earlier this year with historian Kathryn Olmsted, who says that the foundations of today’s Republican party -- including Trump’s presidential campaign -- have surprising origins in California. And finally, on the day of The Bachelorette season finale, we take stock of the business and popularity of reality television.

Image: California Labor Commissioner Julie Su. Her office handles wage claims filed against thousands of California restaurants. (Credits: Karen Foshay)

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Sarah Sweeney

KCRW Investigates wage theft and abuse in LA's restaurant industry 14 MIN, 39 SEC

The minimum wage is going up to $15 an hour in LA, but who’s going to make sure the laws are enforced? UCLA researchers estimate that employers steal $26 million every week from the city’s low-wage workers. In a new investigation, KCRW finds that most of those workers will never get that money back. This week we air a five-part series that investigates the treatment of low-wage workers at Los Angeles restaurants, from stolen paychecks to injuries on the job to retaliation, abuse and human trafficking.

LINK: Burned: Abuse in LA's Restaurant Industry

Guests:
Karen Foshay, KCRW (@karenfoshay)

A new bill requires GMO labeling 9 MIN, 12 SEC

How closely do you look at the labels of the foods that you eat? Soon, you’ll have even more information to consider in the supermarket aisle. President Obama signed a new law a couple of days ago requiring food makers to label items that contain genetically modified ingredients. There’s no scientific evidence that GMOs pose a health risk, however, so what’s the logic behind the new law?

Guests:
Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News (@AlanBjerga)

The early roots of GOP talking points 15 MIN, 32 SEC

Donald Trump spent a week at the Republican National Convention repeating his campaign promise to “make America great again.” But it’s not a new message; Republican Herbert Hoover built his 1932 presidential campaign around the same idea. Hoover was campaigning hard against his Democratic rival, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and FDR’s so-called New Deal. Hoover warned that the government had grown too big, that freedom was under attack and that the American way of life was under attack -- all conservative talking points that survive today. In fact, UC Davis historian Kathryn Olmsted’s latest book argues that the fight against the New Deal launched modern conservatism and today’s Republican Party as we know it. The book is called Right Out of California, and Madeleine Brand spoke with Kathryn Olmsted earlier this year. We revisit the conversation today.

Guests:
Kathryn Olmsted, UC Davis

What's the reality of reality TV 8 MIN, 25 SEC

It’s the night fans have been waiting for: the final rose ceremony on ABC’s The Bachelorette. The big question on fans’ minds is whether JoJo will choose the former competitive swimmer Robby or the former football quarterback Jordan. The bigger question, however, is whether reality shows like The Bachelorette are still capturing viewers. And how has the reality landscape changed since the early days of The Real World and Survivor?

Guests:
June Thomas, Slate (@junethomas)
Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter, Billboard (@THRMattBelloni)

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