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A new report shows that despite internet outcry, Hollywood has a lot of work left to do when it comes to representing women and people of color.

The City Council also has work to do when it comes to the affordable housing crisis in Los Angeles. Could granny flats help solve the problem?

Catalina is a small island with a big water problem and residents are starting to get creative when it comes to conservation.

JT Leroy became a literary rockstar after publishing his gritty tales of life as a young prostitute. But Leroy was just a construct of a woman named Laura Albert. A new documentary examines one of the greatest literary ruses of all time.

And De La Soul’s ninth studio album is out. KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe shares some of the new tracks.

Photo courtesy of Alan Light. 

Women and minorities still fare poorly in Hollywood 9 MIN, 11 SEC

Hollywood loves white guys. A new study from USC finds that of the top 100 top grossing films last year, just a third of the lead actors were women. And out of all the directors, writers and producers -- women made up less than 20 percent. Minorities also fared poorly.

Stacy Smith, Director of Media, Diversity, and Social Change Initiative at USC Annenberg

Can granny flats help solve the housing crisis? 6 MIN, 11 SEC

So-called granny flats are detached second units, like converted garages or guest houses, that homeowners build on their properties. City officials are scrambling to come up with new rules for these structures, after a lawsuit recently threw them into legal limbo. On one side, critics say allowing more and bigger granny flats could destroy the character of some neighborhoods. On the other, supporters argue that granny flats are one way to ease LA’s affordability crisis.

Dana Cuff, UCLA / cityLAB (@danacuff)

Catalina Island’s water problem 8 MIN, 40 SEC

Catalina is a small island with a giant water problem. Just a short ferry ride from Los Angeles, the island is home to around 4,000 people year round and sees more than 700,000 tourists a year. But Catalina relies on just a few wells, reservoirs and desalination plants for most of its water. Because of persistent drought, it’s already under strict mandatory conservation. And as of yesterday, the island is going to have to conserve even more.

Tony Budrovich, President
Randy Herrel, CEO

The rise and fall of JT LeRoy 13 MIN, 57 SEC

Jeremiah "Terminator" LeRoy had a tragic young life. He was a truck-stop prostitute in West Virginia and a homeless drug-addict in San Francisco. He turned that heartbreak into a memoir in 1989 and became the “it-boy” of the literary world -  embraced by writers like Dennis Cooper and Mary Carr and celebrities like Billy Corgan and Courtney Love. And then, it all blew up. The New York Times revealed that he was actually a she. And JT Leroy’s hard-scrabble story was a fiction written by a woman named Laura Albert. Now, there’s a new documentary about what happened. And this time, Laura Albert - aka JT Leroy - is telling her own story.

Jeff Feuerzeig, Director (@dinmusicjf)

De La Soul drops a new album 9 MIN, 3 SEC

It’s been 27 years since De La Soul released its seminal album, “3 Feet High and Rising.” The Village Voice called it “the Sergeant Pepper of Hip Hop.” Now the trio is back with their ninth full-length release, called “And the Anonymous Nobody.” It’s got an eclectic bunch of guest appearances, including Usher, Snoop Dogg, Little Dragon and Damon Albarn from Gorillaz.

Travis Holcombe, Host of Travis Holcombe (@TravisHolcombe)

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