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Merchants are unhappy about the mayor's plan to house the homeless near Olvera Street 7 MIN, 45 SEC

A new homeless facility is being built in downtown LA, near the El Pueblo historic site. The city is putting trailers in a parking lot there to provide short-term stays. It’s a test model for the whole city, and it was supposed to be up and running by now. But there are delays and unhappy business owners in the area.

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

Does R. Kelly admit to anything in his new 19-minute song? 9 MIN, 34 SEC

In the song “I Admit It,” R. Kelly addresses the sexual misconduct allegations against him. The allegations came from a bombshell story that journalist Jim DeRogatis published last year in Buzzfeed. DeRogatis interviewed parents and others who worked with Kelly. His story alleged that R. Kelly was running an abusive sex cult, keeping young women in apartments and away from their friends and family -- and that he controlled their food, clothing, and when they could shower.

Guests:
Jim DeRogatis, music critic; Sound Options (@JimDeRogatis)

More:
Parents Told Police Their Daughter Is Being Held Against Her Will In R. Kelly’s “Cult”

How Oakland has changed since Rafael Casal began writing 'Blindspotting' 15 MIN, 11 SEC

Over the weekend, a white man stabbed a young black woman to death after exiting a BART train. It’s the third violent killing on BART in the last week. It’s all happening as Rafael Casal is promoting his new film “Blindspotting,” which is set in Oakland, and explores race, police violence, and gentrification. Casal began writing the film 10 years ago after the shooting of Oscar Grant.


Collin (Daveed Diggs, left) and Miles (Rafael Casal, right) in "Blindspotting,"
courtesy of Ariel Nava.

Guests:
Rafael Casal, star and co-writer of “Blindspotting” (@RafaelCasal)

Does 'Who is America?' really say something about America? 13 MIN, 35 SEC

In disguise, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen interviews people and gets them to say some pretty outrageous things. Now he has a new TV show on Showtime called “Who is America?” It bills itself as a series that “explores the diverse individuals who populate our unique nation.”

Guests:
Michael Harriot, Staff writer at the Root (@michaelharriot)
Eve Peyser, Vice (@evepeyser)

More:
Sacha Baron Cohen Is Still the Greatest Troll Alive
WHO IS AMERICA?

CREDITS

Collin (Daveed Diggs, left) and Miles (Rafael Casal, right) in "Blindspotting," courtesy of Ariel Nava.

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney
Michell Eloy
Amy Ta
Christian Bordal
Quinn O'Toole
Yael Even Or
Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir

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