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Diamonds are a finite resource, so companies like De Beers are learning to make their own diamonds.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Before he was president, Donald Trump was a failed casino magnate, who defaulted on loans. No bank on Wall Street would lend him money, except one.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

After years of exclusively private investors, Uber and Lyft are opening up their shares to the public. But they may hit a few speed bumps.

As Uber and Lyft go public, what’s their long term future?

After years of exclusively private investors, Uber and Lyft are opening up their shares to the public. But they may hit a few speed bumps.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Lyft has allowed tipping for years, but Uber didn’t give riders the option until 2017. It’s still unclear how much riders are expected to tip, if at all.

Tipping behavior and etiquette for the gig economy

Lyft has allowed tipping for years, but Uber didn’t give riders the option until 2017. It’s still unclear how much riders are expected to tip, if at all.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The San Francisco Bay Area is known for its love of fine food. It's also increasingly becoming known as an area where it's almost impossible to live on a service-industry wage.

Bay Area's high cost of living squeezes restaurant workers, chefs and owners

The San Francisco Bay Area is known for its love of fine food. It's also increasingly becoming known as an area where it's almost impossible to live on a service-industry wage.

from NPR

President Trump wants to withhold federal funds from colleges and universities if they don’t protect the viewpoints and speech of students, regardless of where they stand politically.

Trump to sign executive order protecting free speech on college campuses

President Trump wants to withhold federal funds from colleges and universities if they don’t protect the viewpoints and speech of students, regardless of where they stand politically.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A lot of app-based companies like Uber, GrubHub, and Doordash like to classify their workers as independent contractors rather than employees.

Are gig economy workers independent contractors or employees?

A lot of app-based companies like Uber, GrubHub, and Doordash like to classify their workers as independent contractors rather than employees.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A lot of app-based companies like Uber, GrubHub, and Doordash like to classify their workers as independent contractors rather than employees.

Should gig economy workers be classified as independent contractors or employees?

A lot of app-based companies like Uber, GrubHub, and Doordash like to classify their workers as independent contractors rather than employees.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Some employers are offering benefits that pay down student loans. They say it's a popular way to recruit younger workers who are struggling with college debt.

A new benefit: some companies help workers pay down student loans

Some employers are offering benefits that pay down student loans. They say it's a popular way to recruit younger workers who are struggling with college debt.

from NPR

Keenan Davis grew up in a household filled with children.

In high demand, but with little pay, day care workers hope to unionize

Keenan Davis grew up in a household filled with children.

from KCRW Features

Gavin Newsom delivered his first State of the State address today.

Takeaways from Gov. Newsom’s first State of the State

Gavin Newsom delivered his first State of the State address today.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The gig economy has made it easy and fast to order food, groceries, or a ride.

If you tip your Amazon driver, that money isn’t really a tip

The gig economy has made it easy and fast to order food, groceries, or a ride.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The average college student graduates with around $22,000 in debt. But what if you paid nothing up front, and then were required to pay the school back when you get a job?

Solution to student debt? Pay no tuition upfront, but pay back part of your income later

The average college student graduates with around $22,000 in debt. But what if you paid nothing up front, and then were required to pay the school back when you get a job?

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

About half of the 11 million undocumented workers in the U.S. work in agriculture.

How California farms are coping with Trump’s immigration crackdown

About half of the 11 million undocumented workers in the U.S. work in agriculture.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The news media took another major hit this week. BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, and Gannett (which owns newspapers big and small nationwide) all announced layoffs.

With newspapers crashing, is it up to citizen journalists to step up?

The news media took another major hit this week. BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, and Gannett (which owns newspapers big and small nationwide) all announced layoffs.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

California’s new governor Gavin Newsom wants to build a lot more housing in the state: as many as half a million new houses a year. But who’s going to build all that housing?

Construction worker shortage poses obstacle to building new housing

California’s new governor Gavin Newsom wants to build a lot more housing in the state: as many as half a million new houses a year. But who’s going to build all that housing?

from Design and Architecture

London, Stockholm and Singapore have it. Could LA County?

Will car-loving Angelenos say yes to congestion pricing?

London, Stockholm and Singapore have it. Could LA County?

from Design and Architecture

What is going on with Brexit? The drama that’s been unfolding in Britain for the last two years hit a huge snag today.

The future of Brexit is cloudy

What is going on with Brexit? The drama that’s been unfolding in Britain for the last two years hit a huge snag today.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

It’s the second day of the LAUSD teachers strike. Many people are questioning the state’s model for funding schools.

How California moved to the bottom in funding public education

It’s the second day of the LAUSD teachers strike. Many people are questioning the state’s model for funding schools.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

California Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing an extra $7 billion in new spending.

Gov. Newsom’s first budget: Billions of more dollars for social programs

California Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing an extra $7 billion in new spending.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand