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Today on the show, we have segments from the past year that examine policing in Los Angeles, the culture of the LAPD and life in South L.A.

First, author Joe Domanick talks about his latest book, Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing.

Then, a feature story about policing in and around Watts, which first aired in August, exactly 50 years after the Watts riots.

Next, author Jill Leovy on her book Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America.

And finally, a look at the recent effort to rename South L.A. “SOLA” and what it means to rebrand a neighborhood.

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'Blue' Explores LAPD Corruption 15 MIN, 2 SEC

In the 1990s, the corruption scandal in the LAPD’s Rampart division was what it finally took to reform the department in a meaningful way. But now, some LAPD watchers wonder if the police department isn’t backsliding, reverting to old and dangerous behaviors that lead to the unfair treatment of the city’s poor, minority residents. Madeleine speaks to author Joe Domanick about his latest book, which documents the history of the LAPD, and the department’s past and future.

This segment first aired on 8/27/15.

Joe Domanick, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (@JohnJayCollege)


Joe Domanick

Watts Policing: Then and Now 14 MIN, 57 SEC

Back in the 1960s, LAPD Chief William Parker turned the department into an elite force of militarized troops. Its soldiers exacted swift and often brutal justice in black neighborhoods. Even after Watts erupted in 1965, policing stayed much the same through the ‘90s. But what about today? Madeleine goes into the field to get a ground-level view of policing South L.A. today and how it compares to past eras.

This segment first aired on 8/13/15.

'Ghettoside' 14 MIN, 6 SEC

Last year, 260 people were murdered in the city of Los Angeles. People like 20-year-old Christian Blanco, who was killed in a drive-by on December 29. Or Roland Moore, 32, who was stabbed to death on November 1. Or Larry McKay, 16, gunned down on July 17. They all lived in South L.A., and they were all African American. In fact, last year nearly half of L.A. murder victims were black, even though blacks only make up 8 percent of L.A.’s population. That disparity is at the heart of Jill Leovy’s latest book.

This segment first aired on 2/4/15.

Jill Leovy, Los Angeles Times


Jill Leovy

South L.A. to SOLA? 7 MIN, 5 SEC

What’s in a name? A lot, if you ask people south of the 10 Freeway. First the area was called South Central. Then, because of the stigma of violence associated with “South Central,” the name changed to South L.A. More recently, city officials proposed changing it yet again to SOLA. And that’s not the only L.A. neighborhood that’s been re-branded in recent years. What does it mean to change an area’s name, and what effects does it have?

This segment first aired on 4/21/15.

Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University (@LMU_CSLA)

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