FROM Kent Smith
Dov Charney’s Demise and the Future of LA’s Garment District The highly controversial and scrutinized lifestyle of Dov Charney, the founder of American Apparel, has cost him the top job at the company he founded. Unlike most apparel companies, American Apparel does not outsource its labor. The majority of its manufacturing is done in a seven-story factory in downtown Los Angeles, where workers make an average of twelve dollars an hour and often more than $100 a day.
Downtown LA Tests Adjustable Rate Parking Donald Shoup is a Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA and author of The High Cost of Free Parking . One thousand other city planners have started a Facebook group in his honor called the Shoupistas . Now Los Angeles has launched a pilot program for on-street parking based on his concept of 'variable rate meters." It's already well under way in San Francisco .
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.