Photo: Eric Garcetti arrives at the 89th Academy Awards - Oscars Red Carpet - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 (Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters)
FROM THIS EPISODE
Tuesday’s election in Los Angeles gave a big win to Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city council members up for re-election. Also, voters rejected a measure that would have temporarily stopped development. We get reaction from Councilmember Jose Huizar.
We find out what the no vote on Measure S means for the future of LA’s skyline and the future of downtown.
Eric Garcetti’s re-election victory gives him momentum for a possible gubernatorial run. We talk about how that race is shaping up. It now includes a Republican who wants big money out of politics.
The Mona Lisa, Star Wars, and the song “Rock Around the Clock” are all hits. But why? There’s luck but also a science behind creating hits. A new book explains: “Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction.”
Students in South LA responded to President Donald Trump’s policies by putting on a play about him. They attend ISLAH Academy, a private Islamic school for African-American Muslims.
Ahmed Toure as Donald Trump (Courtesy of Larry Hirshowitz)
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Trevor Noah on his brand of political comedy On Tuesday night, Trevor Noah spoke to Omarosa Manigault Newman, who’s been on the TV circuit promoting her anti-Donald Trump book. Trevor Noah has hosted The Daily Show for nearly three years. Now he’s nominated for an Emmy for the first time. We talk about that Omarosa interview, and using comedy to affect politics.
How bees play a crucial role in our food chain Much of the food we eat -- fruit, vegetables, nuts -- are all pollinated by bees. But bees are dying, and their hives are disappearing. Bees now have to be sent around the country to pollinate crops. We learn more about the nature of bees, and what’s at stake if their numbers continue to plummet.
Are short-term rentals taking over LA? When you think of short-term rentals like Airbnb, you might picture someone renting out a back house or a spare room. However, some LA property owners are turning entire apartment buildings into de facto hotels. That’s an issue for a city struggling with a housing shortage.
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