Associate Producer, 'Burned: Abuse in LA's Restaurant Industry'
FROM Miguel Contreras
There Goes the Neighborhood LIVE: Who Benefits When a Neighborhood Improves? Saul Gonzalez hosts a live panel discussion about what happens as many working-class areas in Los Angeles gentrify and housing costs rise. Can a neighborhood’s quality of life improve without leading to displacement of the very people who have worked hardest and waited longest for the changes?
'They Want My House' In some of LA's poorest neighborhoods more than 20 percent of all home sales are flips. Investors are seeing profits, but are all these home sales good for the neighbors? This eight-part series is supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
'This Is a Black Neighborhood. You Aren’t Black.' In Inglewood, developers are building new luxury housing close to big tech-job centers near the beach. Rents are going up and black residents are watching nervously as white homebuyers move in. This eight-part series is supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
'I Didn’t Want to Evict You' If you have an affordable place to rent in L.A., you hang on to it for dear life. As evictions in Los Angeles are on the rise, and tenants are learning how to fight their landlords. This eight-part series is supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
'All These People Moving In, New Buildings, New Apartments' Los Angeles is growing up, becoming denser and more urban. But there’s still not enough housing. Who is L.A. for? This eight-part series is supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
'Los Angeles, You're Next' There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles is a new podcast from KCRW and WNYC Studios. The series will dig into how Los Angeles has gone from the place to chase your dreams to one of the least affordable cities in the country with many longtime Angelenos are getting squeezed out. This eight-part series is supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
Burned: Trafficking At only nine years old, "Diana" struggled under the weight of heavy food trays at a local pupusería in Pacoima. Often thought to be a relative working for family, Diana was in fact a victim of child labor trafficking. Purchased by a family friend for $10,000, she was smuggled into the US from El Salvador.
Burned: Getting away with it Maria Vazquez worked as everything from cook to accountant at her long-time fast food job on Crenshaw. Single and a mother to six, she worked long days without overtime pay. For over eight years, Vazquez endured, even in the face of continual sexual assault.
Burned: You're fired! When two unsolicited visitors showed up at Rafael Rosales' home, they passed on a message, this time they were nice but next time wouldn't be so pleasant. Captured on video by Rosales' nephew, the unwelcome men weren't collecting on a debt, they were threatening Rosales because he sought to collect on his.
Burned: Injuries on the Job Restaurant kitchens are full of knives, ovens, and pots of boiling water. The federal government reports tens of thousands of workers are injured in the kitchen every year. A cop or a teacher might file a workers comp claim. But often, that's not how it works for dishwashers and cooks, and injuries can go unreported for fear of being fired.
Burned: Wage theft From cruelty-free meat, to the rise of celebrity chefs, diners are hungry for the storyline of their meals. However, while conscious eating is on the rise, there's no way to know how the cooks and kitchen workers are treated. Some don't get paid what they've earned, some work without overtime pay, some find their tips stolen, some work many hours off the clock.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?