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Los Angeles is having its worst homeless crisis in years. More than 44,000 people live on the street, in cars and in shelters. That’s 12 percent more than two years ago. Mayor Eric Garcetti promised to end chronic homelessness by the end of next year, and to end veteran homelessness this year. But that’s proving to be difficult.

Then, state lawmakers are staying up late this week, wrangling last minute details on some controversial greenhouse gas regulations. Two emissions bills will be voted on by Friday night, when this year’s legislative session ends. There’s a provision in one of the bills that’s causing a lot of controversy: it calls for cutting gas usage on California roads in half by 2030.

Next, there were a number of successful female crime-fiction writers after World War II. Their books have been in and out of print. But now a new two-volume set has been put out by the Library of America.

Finally, the U.S. News & World Report released its annual ranking of colleges today. No surprises—Princeton, Harvard, and Yale took the top three spots. U.C. Berkeley was the highest ranked public university at number 20 and USC and UCLA tied at 23rd.

Banner Image: Tents line the streets in Skid Row. Photo: Aaron Fallon

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

Making L.A.: Housing the Homeless 15 MIN, 17 SEC

Los Angeles is having its worst homeless crisis in years. More than 44,000 people live on streets, in cars and in shelters. That’s 12 percent more than two years ago. Encampments are up 85 percent as well. Mayor Eric Garcetti promised to end chronic homelessness by the end of next year, and to end veteran homelessness this year. But that’s proving to be difficult. Last week, Garcetti moved the deadline to next summer.

Guests:
Gary Blasi, Public Counsel (@UCLA_Law)
Andy Bales, Union Rescue Mission (@abales)
Stephen Peck, President and CEO of U.S. Vets

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Life On Skid Row

CA Emissions Bills 7 MIN, 43 SEC

State lawmakers are staying up late this week, wrangling last minute details on some controversial greenhouse gas regulations. Two emissions bills will be voted on by Friday night, when this year’s legislative session ends. There’s a provision in one of the bills calls for cutting gas usage on California roads in half by 2030. And more than a few factions in the state are pushing back.

Guests:
Anthony York, Grizzly Bear Project (@anthonyyork49)

The World of Women Crime Writers 13 MIN, 42 SEC

When you think of early noir crime writers, you may think of Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler. But have you heard of Dorothy Hughes? Her novel, In a Lonely Place, was made into a movie starring Humphrey Bogart. And there’s Vera Caspary, whose book Laura became a film by Otto Preminger. In fact, there were a number of successful female crime-fiction writers after World War II. Their books have been in and out of print. But now a new two-volume set has been put out by the Library of America.

Guests:
Sarah Weinman, Editor, 'Women Crime Writers' (@sarahw)

Women Crime Writers

Vera Caspary

U.S. News & World Report’s College Rankings 7 MIN, 42 SEC

The U.S. News & World Report released its annual ranking of colleges today. No surprises—Princeton, Harvard, and Yale took the top three spots. U.C. Berkeley was the highest ranked public university at number 20 and USC and UCLA tied at 23rd. Why do we care so much?

Guests:
Nick Anderson, Washington Post (@wpnick)

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