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Students are cutting class, and workers are striking worldwide.   At the UN, governments will be held accountable for promises made in the Paris Accords.

Students are cutting class, and workers are striking worldwide.   At the UN, governments will be held accountable for promises made in the Paris Accords. Multinational corporations are feeling international pressure.

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California governor signs law protecting gig economy workers

The measure that reclassifies many independent contractors as employees could have national implications for the so-called gig economy.

Watching the Israel election from LA

Many Angelenos are closely watching Israel’s parliamentary elections. LA is home to some of the largest Jewish and Palestinian communities in the world.

Why California’s single-use plastic bill is in political limbo

Senate Bill 54,    introduced by State Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), aimed to eliminate three-quarters of single-use, or disposable, plastic bags and containers in the next 10…

At age 11, Tavi Gevinson catapulted to internet fame with her fashion blog.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Ed Buck was arrested on Tuesday. He’s a fixture in LA’s political scene, and a prominent Democratic donor.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Governor Gavin Newsom today promised to fight President Trump’s announcement that California will no longer be granted a waiver to set automobile pollution standards that are tougher…

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A clone of Adolf Hitler, an unhappy angel, and and a dad who shapeshifts into a rabbit are all characters in Israeli writer Etgar Keret’s new short story collection called “Fly…

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For more than two years, activists say, Buck has avoided being charged with a crime because he is white, wealthy and politically connected.

Democratic donor Ed Buck accused of running a drug den after a 3rd man ODs

For more than two years, activists say, Buck has avoided being charged with a crime because he is white, wealthy and politically connected.

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This summer, Brian Rochefort’s   Absorption by the Sun   exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara provided the backdrop to two KCRW Summer Nights events, so I visited…

Brian Rochefort: The man behind the craters

This summer, Brian Rochefort’s Absorption by the Sun exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara provided the backdrop to two KCRW Summer Nights events, so I visited…

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President Donald Trump is in California for a slew of fundraisers. It’s his fourth visit since he became president.

Secrecy surrounds Trump's California fundraisers

President Donald Trump is in California for a slew of fundraisers. It’s his fourth visit since he became president.

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Vox's TV critic, Emily VanDerWerff, has dubbed fall of 2019 "the best in a decade" when it comes to TV shows. She's compiled a list of 15 shows premiering in the next couple of months.

Which new TV shows should you watch this fall?

Vox's TV critic, Emily VanDerWerff, has dubbed fall of 2019 "the best in a decade" when it comes to TV shows. She's compiled a list of 15 shows premiering in the next couple of months.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Cokie Roberts died today due to complications from breast cancer. She was 75. Roberts began at NPR in the 1970s and became one of the network's most recognizable voices.

Remembering one of the mothers of NPR, Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts died today due to complications from breast cancer. She was 75. Roberts began at NPR in the 1970s and became one of the network's most recognizable voices.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Billionaire real estate developer Geoffrey Palmer is hosting Trump's fundraiser Tuesday tonight in Beverly Hills. Tickets are going for as much as $100,000.

Why Geoff Palmer is one of Trump's biggest supporters

Billionaire real estate developer Geoffrey Palmer is hosting Trump's fundraiser Tuesday tonight in Beverly Hills. Tickets are going for as much as $100,000.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

What does it mean to be American?

How America's anxieties are mirrored in kids' schools

What does it mean to be American?

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President Trump is in California today and Wednesday. He’s fundraising at private events in Silicon Valley, Beverly Hills and San Diego. There aren’t a lot of details about his trip.

Trump administration suggests increased policing to combat homelessness

President Trump is in California today and Wednesday. He’s fundraising at private events in Silicon Valley, Beverly Hills and San Diego. There aren’t a lot of details about his trip.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Roberts, who joined the fledgling network in 1978, was a seasoned Washington insider who developed a distinctive voice as a reporter and commentator for both NPR and ABC News.

Cokie Roberts, pioneering journalist who helped shape NPR, dies at 75

Roberts, who joined the fledgling network in 1978, was a seasoned Washington insider who developed a distinctive voice as a reporter and commentator for both NPR and ABC News.

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Gwendolyn Lang has lived in her small, beige house in Gardena for 50 years. Now, despite the framed photos still on display, she’s moving out. Lang was foreclosed on earlier this year because of her participation in a program called Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, which provides LA County homeowners with no-money-down loans for eco-friendly home improvements.

Effort to make LA more eco-friendly means foreclosure for one homeowner

Gwendolyn Lang has lived in her small, beige house in Gardena for 50 years. Now, despite the framed photos still on display, she’s moving out. Lang was foreclosed on earlier this year because of her participation in a program called Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, which provides LA County homeowners with no-money-down loans for eco-friendly home improvements.

from Greater LA

Democratic presidential candidates are calling for the ouster of the controversial justice over a new allegation of sexual misconduct published in a New York Times essay.

New calls to impeach Justice Kavanaugh: How it would work and why it likely won't

Democratic presidential candidates are calling for the ouster of the controversial justice over a new allegation of sexual misconduct published in a New York Times essay.

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Governor Gavin Newsom is staring down the barrel of some bills that seek to expand the state’s so-called “red flag” laws.

Governor Newsom may expand California’s 'red flag' law

Governor Gavin Newsom is staring down the barrel of some bills that seek to expand the state’s so-called “red flag” laws.

from Greater LA

When the Spanish built Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1776, they booted the local native tribe from its village on a piece of land that is now called the Northwest Open Space.

The push for a tribal park in San Juan Capistrano

When the Spanish built Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1776, they booted the local native tribe from its village on a piece of land that is now called the Northwest Open Space.

from Greater LA

Columnist Molly Ivins said whatever she wanted about powerful people, including Dan Quayle, Pat Buchanan, and Newt Gingrich.

Documentary celebrates pioneering Texas columnist Molly Ivins

Columnist Molly Ivins said whatever she wanted about powerful people, including Dan Quayle, Pat Buchanan, and Newt Gingrich.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand