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The National Council of Actors' Equity has overruled a two-to one vote by its own union members here in Los Angeles.  Most theaters with less than 100 seats will have to pay $9 an hour—even if the actors themselves want to volunteer. Will ending a long-standing local tradition mean fewer productions?

Also, the Ottoman Empire's systematic elimination of Armenians happened 100 years ago. But the genocide is a present reality for hundreds of thousands in Southern California.

Photo: Allan Harris

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Christine Detz

Do Small Theaters in LA Have a Future? 17 MIN, 23 SEC

Small theaters in Los Angeles don't make money. Since the 1980's, the Actors' Equity union has allowed local members to work for free in theaters that don't seat more than 100 people. A recent vote of union members favored that system by two to one. But the National Board of Actors' Equity had other ideas.

Guests:
Anthony Byrnes, host of 'Opening the Curtain' (@theaterthoughts)
Gail Gabler, Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity)
John Rubinstein, film, Broadway and television actor (@jrubystone)

More:
Byrnes' commentaries on the minimum wage issue (look for "Arts?" image)
LA Times on 99-seat minimum wage vote

For LA’s Armenians, Genocide Recognition as Pressing as Ever 7 MIN, 7 SEC

Presidential candidate Barack Obama promised to recognize the Armenian genocide, but this week the White House said he won't use that term after all because it's offensive to Turkey, an important US ally. There are more Armenians in Southern California than anywhere else in the America, and tomorrow they will commemorate the Genocide's 100th anniversary. KCRW producer Benjamin Gottlieb reports on how it continues to shape their identity.


Yevnige Salibian speaks with KCRW's Benjamin Gottlieb

You can see photographs of survivors and more about the Genocide on our WWLA blog.

Guests:
Benjamin Gottlieb, Afternoon News Producer (@benjamin_max)

More:
1915 The Movie
The Armenian Genocide: 101-year-old survivor tells her story

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