FROM Kent Smith
Dov Charney’s Demise and the Future of LA’s Garment District The highly controversial and scrutinized lifestyle of Dov Charney, the founder of American Apparel, has cost him the top job at the company he founded. Unlike most apparel companies, American Apparel does not outsource its labor. The majority of its manufacturing is done in a seven-story factory in downtown Los Angeles, where workers make an average of twelve dollars an hour and often more than $100 a day.
Downtown LA Tests Adjustable Rate Parking Donald Shoup is a Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA and author of The High Cost of Free Parking . One thousand other city planners have started a Facebook group in his honor called the Shoupistas . Now Los Angeles has launched a pilot program for on-street parking based on his concept of 'variable rate meters." It's already well under way in San Francisco .
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.