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For the first time since 1970, there were fewer than 400 homicides last year in Los Angeles, even though the population is up by a million. It's hard to call that many killings good news, but the number is one third what it was in 1992. Also, late night talk shows are going back on the air but only one has a deal with the Writers' Guild.

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Homicide Rate Drops to 37-Year Low 19 MIN, 55 SEC

Last year, the number of homicides in Los Angeles dropped to one-third what it was in 1992.  Three hundred ninety-two murders is nothing to cheer about, but it's 17.6% fewer than last year. LA isn't the only place where homicides have declined.  New York had a good year in 2007, as did Chicago.  

Guests:
Ruben De La Torre, Los Angeles Police Department
Andrew Karmen, Professor of sociology at John Jay College
Jill Leovy, Writer, Homicide report blog at the Los Angeles Times

Reporter's Notebook Letterman Is Back on the Air 4 MIN, 44 SEC

The late night talk shows will be back on TV, but only one will have writers. Worldwide Pants, which produces David Letterman and Craig Ferguson, has reached an agreement with the Writers' Guild.

Guests:
Brian Lowry, Columnist and critic, Variety

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