KCRW Investigates

KCRW Investigates

7 min

KCRW Investigates is an ongoing series focusing on some of the most vulnerable workers and the industries that employ them. 

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RoundUp is the most popular weed killer in the world, and lately the most controversial. Millions of gallons of it are sprayed on playgrounds, farms and backyards all over California.

Immigrant communities across California have been rattled by news of increased raids and detainments by the Trump administration.

Get hurt at work? File for workers comp. That's the fund that takes care of you if you have a job-related injury.

More and more workers are employed in the so-called "gig economy" - as temp workers, part timers or independent contractors.

The nature of work is changing with serious long lasting consequences for both employers and workers.

Imagine losing a limb, going blind or almost dying on the job. And then imagine not being able to hold those responsible accountable.

Seafarers move millions of people and billions of goods around the world every year.

At only nine years old, "Diana" struggled under the weight of heavy food trays at a local pupusería in Pacoima.

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PG&E agreed to pay more than $13 billion to victims of the Camp Fire and other recent fires in Northern California. The money was put in a special Fire Victims Trust.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Lithium is experiencing a gold rush as the U.S. transitions to electric cars.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

There’s a bold plan in LA’s Crenshaw neighborhood to purchase the local mall for north of $100 million and let the community profit from its redevelopment.

from Greater LA

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While a little more than half of all Angelenos 16 and older have had at least one shot, vaccination rates are now plunging.

How the medical community is fighting vaccine hesitancy and misinformation in LA

While a little more than half of all Angelenos 16 and older have had at least one shot, vaccination rates are now plunging.

from Greater LA

Restaurants are hit hard by staff shortages right now. Nearly 2.5 million jobs in the industry were lost last year, according to the National Restaurant Association.

Restaurants are scrambling to hire bussers, waiters, and bartenders as economy reopens

Restaurants are hit hard by staff shortages right now. Nearly 2.5 million jobs in the industry were lost last year, according to the National Restaurant Association.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Navigating the pandemic as a small business owner isn’t easy. But there’s a lot of help, so long as you know where to look.

How to get money for your business during the pandemic

Navigating the pandemic as a small business owner isn’t easy. But there’s a lot of help, so long as you know where to look.

from KCRW Features

Josh Barro talks with the Left, Right & Center panel about the slow return of jobs, the rift among Republicans over Donald Trump and social media rule.

Where are all the jobs?

Josh Barro talks with the Left, Right & Center panel about the slow return of jobs, the rift among Republicans over Donald Trump and social media rule.

from Left, Right & Center

Producer Scott Rudin’s bullying has been an open secret in Hollywood for decades, and now it’s going public.

Former Scott Rudin assistants allege abusive behavior and call out stars who have stayed silent

Producer Scott Rudin’s bullying has been an open secret in Hollywood for decades, and now it’s going public.

from The Business

In April, The Hollywood Reporter published a cover story about the longstanding allegations of workplace abuse perpetrated by film and Broadway mega producer Scott Rudin.

Former assistants on working with Scott Rudin: ‘It’s war time … all you’re thinking about is how you survive it’

In April, The Hollywood Reporter published a cover story about the longstanding allegations of workplace abuse perpetrated by film and Broadway mega producer Scott Rudin.

from The Business

Hollywood is having a moment of reckoning regarding abusive workplace behavior.

Rage coaches are suddenly all the rage in Hollywood

Hollywood is having a moment of reckoning regarding abusive workplace behavior.

from The Business

The Camp Fire ripped through the town of Paradise in November 2018, becoming the most destructive and deadliest fire in state history.

Camp Fire survivors haven’t received promised payouts from PG&E. Where’d the money go?

The Camp Fire ripped through the town of Paradise in November 2018, becoming the most destructive and deadliest fire in state history.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand