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Los Angeles does not have enough housing to go around, especially not affordable housing. And several upcoming ballot initiatives seek to restrict development. Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks with us about the issue of development, and also weighs in on how to house the homeless in the city.

Women voters are front and center this week when it comes to politics. The talk of sexual assault upsets some, but others applaud the fact that people are having honest conversations about rape and consent.

One of the crown jewels of the natural world is nearing the end of its life. Scientists say the Great Barrier Reef is dying and the world will never be the same.

This week in new movie releases, an action thriller starring Ben Affleck and several much-anticipated indie flicks.

And in sports news, the Dodgers eked out a victory over the Nationals last night, but the Rams are having a pretty mixed first season back in LA.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Taylor. 

Mayor Garcetti on housing politics 11 MIN, 20 SEC

Housing affordability and homelessness are among the most urgent crises facing Los Angeles right now. That’s led to not one but three ballot measures coming up in November and March. Two take aim at developers. Backers say builders need to do more to lower housing costs. The third, put on the ballot by the City Council, would raise property taxes to fund new housing for the homeless.

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

Women on this campaign moment 9 MIN, 35 SEC

Several more women have come out today to accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. One, a former contestant on “The Apprentice,” says that the presidential candidate groped and kissed her against her will at a hotel in 2007. Women on both sides of the political spectrum are reacting with horror to the stories, which Donald Trump has denied.

Guests:
Chelsen Vicari, Program Director (@ChelsenVicari)
Katherine Spillar, Executive Director

RIP Great Barrier Reef 5 MIN, 48 SEC

One of the world’s great environmental treasures -- the Great Barrier Reef in Australia -- is dying. The 1400-mile coral reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its incredible colors and biodiversity. You can even see it from space. But Outside Magazine recently declared it dead...at the age of 25 million years. Well, some experts disagree...

Guests:
Andreá G. Grottoli, Professor (@CoralResearch)

Film Roundup 14 MIN, 48 SEC

If you need a break this weekend from the spectacle that is the presidential campaign, there are lots of new films to check out. Ben Affleck stars in “The Accountant.” Everyone’s favorite giant angry reptile is back in “Shin Godzilla.” And three indie movies: “Tower,” a documentary about a 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas at Austin; “Christine,” a film about a TV news reporter who committed suicide on the air; and “Sky Ladder,” a documentary about Chinese fireworks artist Cai Guo-Qiang.

Guests:
Witney Seibold, Crave Online (@witneyseibold)
Alicia Malone, Fandango (@aliciamalone)

SPORTS! 8 MIN, 25 SEC

The Dodgers pulled it out against the Nationals in a 5-game thriller. Tomorrow they take on the best team in baseball, the Chicago Cubs, in the National League Championship. And the LA Rams, despite having the worst offense in the NFL is somehow three and two going into Sunday’s game against Buffalo… to be followed by a trip to London to play the New York Giants.

Guests:
Randy Sklar, comedian and sports commentator (@SklarBrothers)
Jason Sklar, comedian and sports commentator (@SklarBrothers)

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