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 Los Angeles County elected officials have called the homeless crisis a humanitarian disaster. About 47,000 people are living on the streets. But who are these men and women? Press Play producer Anna Scott recently spent a day on Skid Row with a woman named Dawn Lee Ghan. Ghan is among a growing number of women finding themselves homeless in LA. What are social service providers doing to help this particularly vulnerable segment of LA’s homeless population? Then, the latest terrorist attack in Turkey has further shaken the country’s carefully-curated image as a liberal beacon among Islamic countries. What impact will it have on Turkey’s fragile EU prospects? Next, Claire Hoffman joins Press Play to talk about her childhood in a Transcendental Meditation community, which is the subject of her new book titled, “Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood.” And finally, “Tangerine” star Mya Taylor says goodbye to Donut Time.

Photo: Dawn Lee Ghan Credit: Anna Scott

A Day in the Life of a Woman on Skid Row 12 MIN, 56 SEC

As part of a collaboration with dozens of other LA and San Francisco media outlets, KCRW focused an entire day of coverage Wednesday on the issue of homelessness. The homeless crisis in Los Angeles County has gotten so bad, elected officials have called it a humanitarian disaster. About 47,000 people are living on the streets. But who are these men and women? What is life like for them every day? Press Play producer Anna Scott recently spent a day on Skid Row with a woman named Dawn Lee Ghan.

Anna Scott, Producer, 'Press Play' (@AnnaKCRW)

A Day in the Life: Homeless on Skid Row

Women are Becoming Homeless in LA at a Much Faster Rate Than Men 7 MIN, 11 SEC

Most of the homeless in Los Angeles County are men, but women are becoming homeless now at a much faster rate than men. Three years ago there were about 9,000 women living on the streets; now there are more than 14,000. Social service providers were not prepared for the rise, and women living on the street are particularly vulnerable to abuse and attacks.

Eddie Kim, Los Angeles Downtown News (@eddiekimx)

As Homelessness Worsens, the Number of Women on the Streets Soars

Turkey’s Fragile EU Prospects 8 MIN, 34 SEC

Turkey observed a national day of mourning Wednesday a day after a terrorist attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport killed dozens and injured hundreds of people. This latest attack has further shaken Turkey’s carefully-curated image in the region. The nation has long been a crossroads between Europe and the Middle East, and it has marketed itself as a liberal beacon among Islamic countries in its campaign for European Union membership. Turkey has been trying to get into the EU since 1987, and so far the EU has been lukewarm to the request.

Brian Katulis, Center for America Progress (@Katulis)

Center for American Progress

Lessons from 'Utopia Park' 13 MIN, 52 SEC

Claire Hoffman was only three years old when her meditation teacher whispered her own personal secret mantra to her – the mantra she could use to meditate, which would lead to personal enlightenment and world peace. Hoffman grew up in Utopia Park, a trailer park on the campus of Maharishi University in Fairfield, Iowa. Her mother took Claire and her brother there so they could be immersed in the study of Transcendental Meditation. Hoffman’s childhood and her subsequent disillusionment with the movement and its founder, Maharishi, is the subject of her new book. It’s a memoir called Greetings From Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood.

Claire Hoffman, Rolling Stone

'Tangerine' Star Says Goodbye to Donut Time 6 MIN

Another Hollywood landmark has shut its doors for good. Donut Time, the donut shop at the corner of Santa Monica and Highland in Hollywood, was the backdrop for the 2015 award-winning indie film Tangerine. It was also a longtime haven for homeless youth and transgender women, many of them sex workers, who would hang out there at all hours of the day or night. Tangerine star Mya Taylor joins Press Play to say goodbye to Donut Time.

Mya Taylor, actress (@TheMyaTaylor)

Mya Taylor - IMDB
Why Donut Time's Closing Marks the End of an Era in L.A.

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