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Renting out an apartment -- Airbnb style 10 MIN, 23 SEC

When you think of short-term rentals like Airbnb, you might picture someone renting out a back house or a spare room. Well some Los Angeles property owners are turning entire apartment buildings into de facto hotels. That’s an issue for a city struggling with a housing shortage, and it’s an even bigger issue when those buildings are rent-controlled. The city council has been considering a number for measures for the past three years.

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

Is is legal to tape the president without his knowledge? 7 MIN, 42 SEC

Omarosa Manigault Newman released a recording that she says is of a phone call she had with President Trump the day after White House Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her. This comes after Omarosa released a recording Sunday of her own firing from inside Situation Room, which is the most secure room in the White House. President Trump fired back on Twitter, calling her a “loser” and “vicious, but not smart.” Others in the White House say the recording is illegal and a threat to national security.

Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (@LevinsonJessica)

Why does Turkey's currency seem to be in freefall? 8 MIN, 8 SEC

Turkey’s currency, the lira, keeps dropping. There are worries that other emerging economies could be hurt too. Turkey does have internal economic problems, including inflation. But tensions with the U.S. are also a factor. On Friday, President Trump said he would double tariffs on steel and aluminum from Turkey.

Henri Barkey, Lehigh University / Wilson Center (@hbarkey)

What everyday life is like Iran 14 MIN, 9 SEC

Thomas Erdbrink is one of just a few Western journalists allowed to work in Iran. He’s been living there for 17 years and has reported on elections, sanctions, and the nuclear negotiations. But for his latest project, he wanted to present the human side of Iran. His new, two-part documentary, “Our Man in Tehran,” airs tonight and Tuesday on PBS.

Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times (@ThomasErdbrink)

Should high school students bother taking AP classes? 7 MIN, 1 SEC

School starts Tuesday for LA public schools. High school students who hope to get into a selective college have probably signed up for AP classes. With the bump they provide to GPAs, they’re pretty much a necessity for many students. But when school ended in June, seven of the top private schools in Washington DC announced that they were dropping AP classes, saying the classes aren’t necessary, and they put too much emphasis on memorization. Some education experts are not surprised by this decision.

Denise Pope, Co-Founder of Challenge Success

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