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The city has earmarked $10 million to defend undocumented immigrants from deportation. We hear how that’s going to work, and get an overview of new state laws. And we get a visit from Santa Claus.

Photo courtesy of Jonathan McIntosh; Immigrant rights march for amnesty in downtown Los Angeles, California on May Day, 2006.

Understanding the $10 million legal defense fund for undocumented immigrants 9 MIN, 4 SEC

Los Angeles takes on Donald Trump. The city has earmarked $10 million to defend undocumented immigrants from deportation. How will that work?

Guests:
Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney (@Mike_Feuer)

New laws coming to California in 2017 7 MIN, 39 SEC

There will be two dozen new California laws next year. As of January 1, there will be new restrictions on texting while driving, a stricter rape law in reaction to the Stanford swimmer case, and a higher minimum wage.

Guests:
Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times (@mcgreevy99)

New rules for journalism in a new era 9 MIN, 32 SEC

How can journalists best serve their audience in a world where facts are up for grabs? A media expert has a plan.

Guests:
Tom Rosenstiel, Executive Director, American Press Institute (@tbr1)

More:
What the post-Trump debate over journalism gets wrong

How warring with neighbors over chickens is a metaphor for the country 13 MIN, 13 SEC

A theater critic has been keeping chickens in his Hollywood apartment. That has caused conflict with his neighbors, and gave him fodder for a new novel.

Guests:
Steven Leigh Morris, Author

How does Santa keep his energy up? Red Bull 7 MIN, 56 SEC

Becoming Mr. Claus is a complete mental and physical transformation -- beard dyeing, special shampoos, backstories about reindeer. The top Santas can command a few hundred dollars per hour. We hear from one professional Santa from Los Angeles.


Santa Claus, Mike Uva, comes to KCRW! Photo by Amy Ta

Guests:
Mike Uva, Professional Santa Claus

More:
What it’s like to be a professional Santa Claus
Santa Mike U. Booking

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