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Austin Beutner is the new chief of the Los Angeles public school system. Beutner is a philanthropist, former deputy mayor, former LA Times publisher. He doesn’t have much experience in public education - though he founded a charity to give glasses to students who can’t afford them. He’s an unconventional choice to head the LAUSD, but a good one? We get perspectives from the president of a teachers union, a parent of a local high school student, and the leader of a nonprofit that’s funded LA Unified and charter schools.
More than 12 million Americans work in the gig economy, including Uber drivers and freelance writers. California’s highest court on Monday issued a unanimous decision that says if those workers are at the core of a business, they must have standard worker protections, such as a minimum wage. The ruling could significantly alter the way these companies operate.
Harley Shaiken, Professor of Labor, UC Berkeley
We talk about why the FX TV show ‘Atlanta’ is so unusual and so good. Donald Glover created the show. Now in its second season, it’s darker, weirder and more violent.
Scenes from the TV series "Atlanta." Credit: FX Networks.
San Diego craft brewer Border X is planning to open a new location in LA this fall. The people behind the brews put a Mexican spin on traditional beers. Border X adds to a growing craft scene in LA that’s looking to court Latino drinkers by using ingredients commonly found south of the border.
Javier Cabral, blogger
A new study says five lifestyle habits can extend our lives. No surprises there: eat a healthy diet, keep a healthy weight, exercise, don’t smoke, and don’t drink too much. If you do all those things, the study predicts you’ll live 14 years longer if you’re a woman, and 12 years longer if you’re a man.
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Trevor Noah on his brand of political comedy On Tuesday night, Trevor Noah spoke to Omarosa Manigault Newman, who’s been on the TV circuit promoting her anti-Donald Trump book. Trevor Noah has hosted The Daily Show for nearly three years. Now he’s nominated for an Emmy for the first time. We talk about that Omarosa interview, and using comedy to affect politics.
How bees play a crucial role in our food chain Much of the food we eat -- fruit, vegetables, nuts -- are all pollinated by bees. But bees are dying, and their hives are disappearing. Bees now have to be sent around the country to pollinate crops. We learn more about the nature of bees, and what’s at stake if their numbers continue to plummet.
Are short-term rentals taking over LA? When you think of short-term rentals like Airbnb, you might picture someone renting out a back house or a spare room. However, some LA property owners are turning entire apartment buildings into de facto hotels. That’s an issue for a city struggling with a housing shortage.
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