FROM Alexandra Garreton
Peacemakers: The Cop As a black kid growing up in South LA, Lt. Michael Carodine was regularly mistreated by police. But for Lt. Carodine, bad policing was a problem that could be solved; and he would help solve it.
Peacemakers: The Interventionist When someone gets shot in Skipp Townsend's community, he is often one of the first on the scene. Sometimes he knows the victim personally. Skipp works as a gang interventionist with the LAPD.
The Long Commute On Aug. 26, 1954, Arthur Kitt Murray climbed into the cockpit of an experimental rocket at Edwards Air Force Base, about a hundred miles north of Los Angeles in the Antelope Valley. Murray was about to fly as close to the stars as man had ever been. At 90,000 feet above the desert, Murray looked out the window of his cockpit and became the first human to see the curvature of the earth.
Peddling Candy in South LA Luis Sanchez, who dresses in drag and goes by the name Grace of the Sea, sells bacon wrapped pineapple stuffed hot dogs in Jefferson Park a couple days a week. He also sells candy out of a golden basket.
Grace of the Sea Luis Gutierez Sanchez, who calls himself "Grace of the Sea," has been living in a garage in South LA for six years. But now he has to move. He tells his story of living as a gay undocumented immigrant in Los Angeles. Warning: This program contains explicit language and addresses adult topics and themes - including sex and drug use.
After Katrina, Finding Refuge in South LA When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans ten years ago, Cassandra Cousin got out as soon as she could and relocated to South LA. Now, she lives with her son in a house next to her church, where she's found solace. "Another reason I don't want to go back down there is because I don't want to be in another hurricane. It was just too much for me," she says.
The New Compton Straight Outta Compton, the N.W.A. biopic opens this weekend, but a lot has changed in the city since the 90's. As part of our series Below the Ten: Life in South LA, producer David Weinberg looks at the Compton of today.
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?