KCRW Investigates

KCRW Investigates

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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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"Under the Constitution, the government has the power that’s necessary to stop the spread of communicable disease,” says Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley’s law school.

from Greater LA

Starting Wednesday night, LA County will require restaurants to stop outdoor dining, which local health officials have linked to an uptick in new coronavirus cases.

from Greater LA

Greg Amsler says his restaurant must undergo its second round of layoffs, which means 10-15% of employees will be left, and those who previously lost their jobs used most of their…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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As coronavirus cases surge nationwide, hospitals are running dangerously close to capacity. Santa Clara County announced over the weekend they could be overwhelmed in three weeks.

‘The near-term future is set, and it looks disastrous.’ Hospitals inch toward capacity during COVID

As coronavirus cases surge nationwide, hospitals are running dangerously close to capacity. Santa Clara County announced over the weekend they could be overwhelmed in three weeks.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Some Republican lawmakers have publicly urged the president to allow the formal transition process to begin for the good of the country.

Facing pressure, Trump relents on starting transition

Some Republican lawmakers have publicly urged the president to allow the formal transition process to begin for the good of the country.

from NPR

COVID-19 continues to surge uncontrolled across the country and hospitals are stretched thin. Rural, sparsely populated states are bearing the brunt of the pandemic.

Vermont schools and businesses are open. How the tiny New England state tamed COVID

COVID-19 continues to surge uncontrolled across the country and hospitals are stretched thin. Rural, sparsely populated states are bearing the brunt of the pandemic.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In Pennsylvania, a judge on Saturday threw out the Trump campaign’s effort claiming widespread problems with mail-in votes in the state and that some 7 million votes should be tossed.

Trump campaign has lost or withdrawn about 30 legal challenges to election 2020 results

In Pennsylvania, a judge on Saturday threw out the Trump campaign’s effort claiming widespread problems with mail-in votes in the state and that some 7 million votes should be tossed.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Starting Wednesday night, LA County will require restaurants to stop outdoor dining, which local health officials have linked to an uptick in new coronavirus cases.

LA suspends outdoor dining, residents feel COVID fatigue

Starting Wednesday night, LA County will require restaurants to stop outdoor dining, which local health officials have linked to an uptick in new coronavirus cases.

from Greater LA

When Kansas issued a mask mandate, 81 counties opted out. Researchers found coronavirus infection rates rose sharply in the opt-out counties, while falling in those that required masks.

Mask mandates work to slow spread of coronavirus, Kansas study finds

When Kansas issued a mask mandate, 81 counties opted out. Researchers found coronavirus infection rates rose sharply in the opt-out counties, while falling in those that required masks.

from NPR

Josh Barro and Ken White catch us up on Sidney Powell’s status on President Trump’s legal team. And what’s going on with the Trump campaign’s lawsuit in Pennsylvania?

Practicing law on her own

Josh Barro and Ken White catch us up on Sidney Powell’s status on President Trump’s legal team. And what’s going on with the Trump campaign’s lawsuit in Pennsylvania?

from LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers

Keli Goff, Tim Carney and Christine Emba talk about the fact that almost three weeks after the election, President Trump continues to subvert his clear loss and its effect on our…

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Keli Goff, Tim Carney and Christine Emba talk about the fact that almost three weeks after the election, President Trump continues to subvert his clear loss and its effect on our…

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