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Pope Francis released a major new paper on family issues today. Will it affect how priests think and behave? Then, where does L.A.’s food waste go? Yesterday, Angelenos were captivated by yet another crazy car chase; Madeleine speaks to the local broadcast reporter who invented the televised car chase. In our regular Friday film roundup, a creepy drama set in Hollywood and Melissa McCarthy’s latest comedy.  

Image Credit: Jeffrey Bruno from New York City, United States 

Pope Francis on Family Matters 7 MIN, 34 SEC

Pope Francis released a major new paper on family issues today. It’s called “The Joy of Love.” It calls for a more accepting, less judgmental Catholic Church. In it, the Pope opens the door for divorced, remarried Catholics to be fully integrated back into the church, but still condemns gay marriage. Will it change how priests think and behave?

Allan Figueroa Deck, Loyola Marymount University

What Happens to LA’s Food Waste 7 MIN, 49 SEC

Globally, about a third of our food goes to waste. In the U.S., most food waste ends up in landfills, left to decompose and produce methane. A new study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology shows that as the rest of the world starts to eat more meat-heavy, American style diets, there will be even more food waste. A new California law went into effect last week that requires that large apartment buildings and businesses like supermarkets and restaurants to recycle organic waste. That includes food waste.  

Clare Fox, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. (@clarefoxinla)

LA’s Love Affair with the Car Chase 7 MIN, 34 SEC

The Los Angeles Times described it as “The most L.A. car chase ever.” For two hours yesterday, Herschel Reynolds and Isaiah Young hogged the media spotlight. The duo sped through residential neighborhoods and freeways, and did donuts on an overpass in Hollywood. At one point, a TMZ tour bus nearly cut them off. They threw a hamburger at it. The chase ended in South L.A. when they parked to wait for police, but not before high-fiving newfound fans and posing for selfies. It was, to say the least, one of the most memorable car chases in a region that has seen its share of memorable car chases. We speak to the reporter who essentially created the televised car chase.

Zoey Tur, broadcast reporter

Friday Film: 'The Invitation,' 'Hardcore Henry,' 'The Boss' 11 MIN

On Friday we talk film: New releases that you must see, and those you must skip. Our critics hash out this week’s latest offerings, including a creepy drama set in the Hollywood Hills and Melissa McCarthy’s new comedy.

Christy Lemire, What The Flick?! (@christylemire)
Matt Atchity, Rotten Tomatoes (@Matchity)

Journey Inside 'A Space Program' 12 MIN

“An intricately hand-made journey to Mars” is a very intriguing -- and accurate -- description of a recent work by artist Tom Sachs. Sachs didn’t actually send anyone to Mars, but he did create an incredible simulation. You might call it an interstellar performance piece. He and his team filled the huge Park Avenue Armory in New York with what looks like a real NASA space program: space suits, a space capsule, labs and mission control. It’s an incredibly detailed mashup of homemade and high-tech; some parts are fun and funky and others look amazingly accurate. Cameras were rolling when the team demonstrated their trip to Mars for audiences in New York. The result is a film called “A Space Program.” It will be at the Cinefamily on Fairfax this weekend.

Tom Sachs, artist

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