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Dov Charney demonstrated that clothes "Made in America" could be hip and trendy at the same time making big money. His largely immigrant workforce worked in "no-sweatshop conditions" in downtown LA. Just when the magic ended is a matter of legal dispute, but less than a year since Charney was fired for alleged sexual harassment, American Apparel now says bankruptcy may be near. What's at stake for the garment industry in Southern California?

Also, it may not have been his idea, but Governor Brown has created new opportunity for the "right to die" to become law in California.

Photo: Dov Charney

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Paul von Zielbauer

American Apparel Hangs by a Thread 19 MIN, 22 SEC

Since firing the founder, Dov Charney, late last year, new management has been struggling to keep American Apparel in business. Last week, it announced that sales are down, losses are bigger than ever, and bankruptcy may be on the horizon. Matthew Townsend reports for Bloomberg Businessweek.


Dov Charney

Guests:
Matt Townsend, Bloomberg BusinessWeek (@matt_townsend)
Jan Hubner, General Brotherhood of Workers of American Apparel
Ilse Metchek, California Fashion Association (@calfashion)

California "Right to Die" Legislation Revived 6 MIN, 25 SEC

This year in Sacramento, a so-called "Right to Die" bill passed in the Senate, but the Catholic Church and other opponents stopped it in an Assembly Committee. Now Governor Brown has declared a special legislative session, and membership in the committee has changed. Sponsors of the "Right to Die" bill seized an unexpected opportunity, and the bill now appears to be on its way to the Assembly floor. Marisa Lagos is a political reporter for KQED, public radio and television in San Francisco.

Guests:
Marisa Lagos, KQED (@mlagos)

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