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The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 1000 points today before the parachute kicked in. The cause of this volatility? China. Or more accurately, an economic slowdown in China.

Beyond the market histrionics, the Chinese slowdown could have a major effect here in Los Angeles, one of the most popular destinations for Chinese tourists and investors.

Then, extraordinary events occurred in Guatemala over the weekend, where tens of thousands of citizens, the nation’s most powerful business group, and even the Catholic Church have been pressuring President Otto Perez Molina to step down. Much of his cabinet has stepped down and his Vice President has been arrested.

Finally, Los Angeles is prepared for certain disasters: drought, earthquakes, wildfires. But what about a zombie apocalypse? AMC’s new series Fear the Walking Dead premiered last night. In it, L.A. fails to notice a zombie outbreak… until it’s too late.

Banner Image: A man looks at a stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo, August 24, 2015. Asian stocks dived to 3-year lows on Monday as a rout in Chinese equities gathered pace, hastening an exodus from riskier assets as fears of a China-led global economic slowdown roiled world markets. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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

Chinese Investment in L.A. 8 MIN, 39 SEC

Markets jumped out of a plane this morning. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 1000 points before the parachute kicked in. The cause of this volatility? China. Or more accurately, an economic slowdown in China. And beyond the market histrionics, the Chinese slowdown could have a major effect here in Los Angeles, one of the most popular destinations for Chinese tourists and investors.

Guests:
Mike Margolis, Blank Rome

The Chinese Stock Market Explained 8 MIN, 38 SEC

How did this morning’s stock crash come about, anyway? We take a closer at what’s going on in China, and how what happened there precipitated the major market losses around the world.

Guests:
Richard McGregor, Wilson Center (@mcgregorrichard)

The Party

Richard McGregor

Turmoil in Guatemala 9 MIN, 49 SEC

Extraordinary events occurred in Guatemala over the weekend. Today, despite pressure to do so, President Otto Perez Molina is refusing to step down. The pressure is coming from tens of thousands of citizens, the nation’s most powerful business group, and even the Catholic church. Much of his cabinet has stepped down and his Vice President has been arrested.

Guests:
Michael McDonald, Bloomberg Businessweek (@mmcdonald10)

'The Man Who Wasn’t There' 10 MIN, 5 SEC

We record this show at KCRW’s studio in Santa Monica, sitting in the chair in Studio Three. Or at least we think we do. Perhaps it’s not so simple. Because all of that depends on our sense of self, which is, neurologically speaking, much more malleable than you might think.

Guests:
Anil Ananthaswamy, author, 'The Man Who Wasn't There' (@anilananth)

The Man Who Wasn't There

Anil Ananthaswamy

TV Roundup: 'Fear the Walking Dead,' 'Show Me a Hero,' and More 8 MIN, 19 SEC

Los Angeles is prepared for certain disasters from drought to wildfires, but maybe not for a zombie apocalypse. AMC’s new series Fear the Walking Dead premiered last night. In it, L.A. fails to notice a zombie outbreak… until it’s too late. This is a companion series to AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead.

Guests:
Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)
Alan Sepinwall, HitFlix (@sepinwall)

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