FROM Roy Choi
LA Chefs Fighting Hunger and Poverty All Year Round So many people want to feed LA's homeless that shelters ask volunteers to sign up in advance during Thanksgiving week. But some local restaurants have launched programs that last year ‘round. Tender Greens and the Sustainable Life Project run a three-month internship for foster children who might never have been employed. It ranges from using a knife in the kitchen to farming. KCRW Producer Evan George reports that, if they stick with it, Tender Greens guarantees a job. (Since Evan reported on this program for KCRW's Good Food earlier this year, a new class of six students has graduated and four are working for Tender Greens. The next class stars in January.) Roy Choi, the chef behind the Kogi food trucks, has teamed up with South LA high school students for his latest restaurant concept, 3 Worlds Café, on Central Avenue. We talk with Choi about giving poor kids experience in the food industry.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.