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After 75 years, the last race will be run at Hollywood Park this coming Sunday. Once the celebrity playground of Hollywood stars, who owned thoroughbreds and stock in the racetrack, it's slated to become a multi-billion dollar mixed use development in the heart of Inglewood. We hear a history of the track, talk to the developer and to Rick Famuyiwa, whose film The Wood is about Inglewood, his home town. Also, DJ's show foster kids and other teenagers how to get into the music business. 

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, democratic Senator Harry Reid says, "Gridlock… is ending." But Republican Lindsay Graham says, "Even when we're functioning we're dysfunctional." We look at how Washington's first budget agreement in three years brought an end to paralysis—and how long that's likely to last.

 

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Producers:
Katie Cooper
Evan George
Andrea Brody

Reporter's Notebook At-Risk Youth Take a Spin at DJ'ing 5 MIN, 54 SEC

Many teenagers dream of becoming DJ's or music producers. A local nonprofit is trying to make those dreams come true for kids who are on probation or in the foster care system. KCRW's Avishay Artsy has the story.

Guests:
Avishay Artsy, KCRW Producer (@heyavishay)

Main Topic It's Almost Over at Hollywood Park 22 MIN, 4 SEC

The decline of horse racing as a favorite American sport means the decline, and now the fall, of Hollywood Park. It started in 1938. Walt Disney was an original shareholder. Bing Crosby, Desi Arnez, Lucille Ball and Ronald Reagan were horse owners and track regulars. Seabiscuit won the first Hollywood Gold Cup, and there’ve been other notable moments in the past 75 years. Independent producer David Weinberg describes one to begin this reminiscence before the last race is run this coming Sunday. (Weinberg's piece was brought to us by KCRW's Independent Producer Project.)

Guests:
David Weinberg, Radio Producer (@randomtape)
Rick Famuyiwa, writer and director (@RickFamuyiwa)
Chris Meany, Wilson Meany

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