FROM Anna Scott
How The Nutcracker became an American tradition It’s Nutcracker season! There are at least a dozen productions of The Nutcracker in and around Los Angeles this month. It might be the most popular ballet in the world. But when it premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia more than a century ago, critics hated it. So how did The Nutcracker become so famous? Where can you see it in Los Angeles this year? A rehearsal/fitting from the new "George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker" by Miami City Ballet. Costumes designed by Isabel Toledo. (Photos by Alexander Iziliaev, courtesy of the Music Center)
Mayor Garcetti: LA is taking new urgent approach to homelessness As of the latest homeless count, 58,000 people are on the streets of greater Los Angeles. Why aren’t city and county leaders responding with the urgency of a natural disaster? L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti told Press Play’s Anna Scott that he has an emergency plan that includes pop-up shelters in some parking lots.
Ideas from other countries on solving LA's high cost housing problems Earlier this week, we hosted a live panel discussion at the Central Library to cap our podcast series “There Goes the Neighborhood,” about gentrification. Four guests with different perspectives talked about possible solutions to LA’s housing crisis. We get highlights from the event.
There Goes the Neighborhood LIVE: Solutions In this podcast bonus, four guests discuss solutions to high housing costs and gentrification in Los Angeles. Recorded live at the Central Library on Nov. 15 and moderated by "Press Play" host Madeleine Brand, this event was a companion to the KCRW-WNYC podcast series "There Goes the Neighborhood."
There Goes the Neighborhood: How food can symbolize gentrification Coffee, beer, and pizza are humble food items, but when they’re transformed into pour overs, craft brews, and are wood fired, they spell gentrification. “There Goes the Neighborhood” explores what happens when the new, artisanal business moves in. Rex Roberts and Lorena Jurado, owners of Little Ripper coffee shop in Glassell Park. (By Saul Gonzalez)
There Goes the Neighborhood: How artists change neighborhoods The art galleries and coffee shops that have moved into Boyle Heights over the past years have generated heated protests. Are artists to blame for luring real estate speculators who then drive up prices, forcing long-time residents out? Or are they also victims who can’t afford to live there? Get the podcast . Many in Downtown LA's Arts District are worried about pending evictions and getting pushed out. (Photo: Saul Gonzalez)
Film director James Toback at center of sexual harassment scandal Nearly 40 women have come forward with sexual harassment stories involving director James Toback. Many report that Toback first approached them in public in New York, promising entree to the movie business. KCRW’s Anna Scott shares her personal encounter with Toback, and we hear from the LA Times writer who broke the story.
There Goes the Neighborhood: The effects of house flipping The word “gentrification” probably brings up images of long-time tenants being forced out of an apartment -- in favor of some young tech worker with a beanie and an Audi. Well, that happens. But the issue is a lot more complicated. Get the podcast . Peter Schulberg does demo work on a craftsman home he's flipping in LA's Jefferson Park neighborhood. Peter bought the property for $578,000 and thinks he can sell it after renovations for $850,000. (Photo: Saul Gonzalez)
There Goes the Neighborhood: A speedy transformation for Inglewood We head to Inglewood for this week’s episode of “ There Goes the Neighborhood .” The new NFL stadium and surrounding development promise to remake that city. Home prices are up. So are sales. What does that mean for the character of Inglewood? Get the podcast! Michael Joe (far left) and his friends live in Inglewood. Michael is just 14 and loves Inglewood, but already worries about how new development, like the coming NFL stadium, might affectthe cost of living in the community. (Photo by Saul Gonzalez)
There Goes the Neighborhood: Evictions Housing is the number one issue in Los Angeles right now, with soaring property costs, rising rents, and gentrification. It’s what we are focusing on in our eight-week series and podcast “There Goes The Neighborhood.”
There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles Housing prices are up, supply is down. New people are moving in and longtime residents are being pushed out. Housing and gentrification are top issues in Los Angeles right now. Press Play kicks off an eight-part series from KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez and Anna Scott.
Los Angeles tries fixing a really complicated problem: Homelessness The latest numbers show homelessness is up more than 20 percent in LA. We meet a woman who lives in a motel with her 11-year-old son -- if she can earn enough cleaning the motel to afford a room each night. Anna Scott and Saul Gonzalez are reporting on LA housing issues for an upcoming podcast called “There Goes the Neighborhood.”
Homelessness is on the rise in LA More than 7000 volunteers canvassed the streets of LA County in January to see how many people were homeless, living in tents, cars, campers or in emergency shelters or transitional housing. They found that homelessness has risen 23 percent in LA County over the last year.
Scathing audit finds UC President's office hid $175 million A state audit says the Office of the President at the University of California has kept secret more than $175 million. The report says salaries are a lot a higher in that office than in comparable offices. The audit comes just months after the UC system won approval for its first tuition hike in six years.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.
What's at stake if Hollywood writers strike? Writers in Hollywood just finished voting yay or nay to go on strike. The vote is expected to be in favor, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll walk off the job. We get the details and look at the effects of the last strike.
Lucia Micarelli: An Evening with Lucia Micarelli Violinist and actress Lucia Micarelli visits The Treatment to discuss her emotive performances as she prepares for PBS' An Evening with Lucia Micarelli.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.