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Photo: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at a press conference following Los Angeles City Council's vote on whether to give final approval for the city's bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 25, 2017. (Lucy Nicholson/ Reuters)

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Amy Ta
Michell Eloy

Mayor Garcetti on the future of LA and his leading role in California 13 MIN, 36 SEC

LA Mayor Garcetti explains what the city must do to create more affordable housing and get the homeless out of tent encampments. We also ask whether he considers LA a sanctuary city, and whether he’s eyeing higher office.

Guests:
Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles (@MayorOfLA)

Is the Ellis Act misused to bypass rent control laws? 5 MIN, 2 SEC

Landlords are taking more rent-controlled apartments off the market than ever before. They’re using a state law called the Ellis Act. Last year, nearly 1400 units were removed -- about 27 percent more than the year before.

Guests:
Gary D. Painter, USC (@GaryDeanPainter)

More:
The number of Ellis Act evictions in LA rose again in 2016

Suspicion grows around spies in Washington DC 8 MIN, 20 SEC

With the Trump administration’s ties to Russia under scrutiny, some Washington DC residents are re-examining their own encounters with foreign diplomats. Those meetings may have seemed friendly at first, but in hindsight were anything but.

Guests:
Molly Ball, The Atlantic (@mollyesque)

More:
Washington's Spy Paranoia

In 'Exit West,' a pair of young refugees are on the run 13 MIN, 25 SEC

In Mohsin Hamid’s new novel “Exit West,” a young couple flees their war-torn home, and through mysterious doors, they arrive in Greece, then London, then California. Their relationship changes and their identities are questioned.

Guests:
Mohsin Hamid, novelist (@mohsin_hamid)

Exit West

Mohsin Hamid

How 3.14 became a mathematical celebrity 7 MIN, 38 SEC

It’s Pi Day. The nation celebrates the never-ending number that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

Guests:
Anna Haensch, Duquesne University (@extremefriday)

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