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Last year, for the first time in more than a decade, all categories of crime in Los Angeles increased over the year before. Homicides went up by 10% to 280. That's a tragedy for the people directly involved — and for the community. But consider that in 1992 there were almost four times as many murders — 1,092. We look at the rise in crime in the context of city history.

Later on the program, California's now has the toughest laws in the nation for pay equity between men and women. How's that going to work in Hollywood?

Photo: Chris Yarzab

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney
Jenny Hamel

Real Talk on LA's Crime Uptick 13 MIN, 54 SEC

Last week's breaking news in Los Angeles included the first rise in all categories of crime for the first time in ten years. Mayor Garcetti and the LAPD will address the issue next week. But there's another side to the story. Recent figures show that, “yes, Rodney King, we can all get along.” That's according to veteran crime reporter Sam Quinones, who left the LA Times in 2014. He now writes True Tales: A Reporter's Blog.

Guests:
Sam Quinones, journalist and independent producer (@samquinones7)
Charis Kubrin, UC Irvine (@cekubrin)

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Sam Quinones

Pay Equality in California: Will It Work in Hollywood? 12 MIN, 39 SEC

Last year, when Patricia Arquette won an Oscar for Boyhood, she stunned the audience with a speech about the continuing difference in pay between men and women doing the same work. That was part of the motivation for a new law, which has just gone into effect in California: The Fair Pay Act. We talk with the bill's author, Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson from Santa Barbara.

Guests:
Ted Johnson, Variety (@tedstew)
Hannah-Beth Jackson, California State Senate (@SenHannahBeth)

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Johnson on Patricia Arquette, Hollywood and the new wage equality law

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