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Los Angeles-born writer Paul Beatty is the first American to win the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He won for The Sellout, a satire based in south LA. It’s laced with cutting insights on race, slavery, segregation and Oreo cookies.

The rate of sexually transmitted diseases is at a 20-year high in California, and it’s growing faster than the rest of the country. That’s according to a new report from the California Department of Public Health.

More people than ever have died when attempting the dangerous crossing from Africa to Italy, according to the United Nations. The small Italian island of Lampedusa has been intensely experiencing the flow of migrants, and life there is depicted in the new documentary, Fire at Sea.

LA County alone has a population bigger than 42 states. Yet housing hasn’t kept pace. Architect Thom Mayne has a plan that he says will make room for 1.5 million more people, using just one percent of the county’s land.

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Man Booker Prize winner on being black in America 14 MIN, 51 SEC

Los Angeles-born writer Paul Beatty is the first American to win the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He won for The Sellout, a racial satire set in south LA. It’s laced with cutting insights about race, slavery, Oreo cookies and segregation.

Guests:
Paul Beatty, author, 'The Sellout'

The Sellout

Paul Beatty

What's behind rising STD rates in California? 8 MIN, 33 SEC

The rate of sexually transmitted diseases is at a 20-year high in California, and it’s growing at a faster rate than the rest of the country. That’s according to a new report from the California Department of Public Health.

Response from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:

In response to Dr. Klausner's interview, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said partner notification for STD cases remains among the department's core prevention strategies. The Department also said it maintains a strong condom social marketing and distribution program, and this year launched a new HIV prevention campaign aimed promoting medication the lowers the risk of infection.

Guests:
Jeffrey Klausner, UCLA epidemiologist

'Fire at Sea' filmmaker: 'We are living a life of tragedy' 15 MIN, 22 SEC

More people than ever have died when attempting the dangerous smugglers’ crossing from Africa to Italy, according to the United Nations. The small Italian island called Lampedusa has been intensely experiencing the flow of migrants, and the coast guard stationed there has become the front line in rescuing those trapped at sea. Life on Lampedusa is depicted in a new documentary called Fire at Sea by Gianfranco Rosi, who spent more than a year living on Lampedusa. The film is the Italian entry for the foreign language category at the Oscars this year. 

Guests:
Gianfranco Rosi, documentary filmmaker

Taking care of LA County's housing needs with 1 percent of its land 9 MIN, 14 SEC

LA County alone has a population bigger than 42 states, yet housing hasn’t kept pace. Angelenos hardly agree on how to grow or whether to grow at all. The fight between sprawl and density is at the heart of ballot measures coming up in LA and Santa Monica. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne has come up with a compromise of sorts. He says his plan will make room for 1.5 million more people, using just one percent of the county’s land.

Guests:
Thom Mayne, Morphosis Architects

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