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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Protests against alleged sexual harassment of McDonald's employees are planned for 13 cities Thursday. And Democratic presidential hopefuls are targeting the company's shareholder meeting in Dallas.

from NPR

Statistics have shown that kids from wealthy families generally score much higher on standardized tests than kids from poorer families.

from Greater LA

At a hearing yesterday, HUD Secretary Ben Carson defended a new plan that would push undocumented immigrants out of public housing.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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A new bill before the California Legislature would force cities and counties that banned recreational cannabis businesses to allow a certain number of them to open.

AB 1356 would force more cities to open cannabis shops

A new bill before the California Legislature would force cities and counties that banned recreational cannabis businesses to allow a certain number of them to open.

from Greater LA

California is known as the capital of health and wellness fads. But when and how did the Golden State get that reputation?

How California got a reputation for healthy living

California is known as the capital of health and wellness fads. But when and how did the Golden State get that reputation?

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

This may be the year that California finally gets to pick who’ll be the next president.

A matter of primary importance

This may be the year that California finally gets to pick who’ll be the next president.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

The European Parliament elections just kicked off across Europe. It’s a four-day affair. The results could eventually determine whether the EU will remain a united Europe.

The EU elections and the future of Europe

The European Parliament elections just kicked off across Europe. It’s a four-day affair. The results could eventually determine whether the EU will remain a united Europe.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Lovell Health House is at the edge of Griffith Park. The depression-era home was built in 1929 and was completely radical for its time.

LA’s iconic Lovell House is falling apart

The Lovell Health House is at the edge of Griffith Park. The depression-era home was built in 1929 and was completely radical for its time.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

On Wednesday, three more parents pleaded guilty in the college admissions cheating scandal.

Scrutiny on college admissions process may make it tougher for students with learning disabilities

On Wednesday, three more parents pleaded guilty in the college admissions cheating scandal.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Trump administration is backing off plans to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.

Trump is keeping Harriet Tubman off the $20 bill

The Trump administration is backing off plans to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

California is known as the capital of health and wellness fads. But when and how did the Golden State get that reputation?

How California became a symbol of healthy living

California is known as the capital of health and wellness fads. But when and how did the Golden State get that reputation?

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand