FROM Kraig Kojian
Are Business Improvement Districts on the Way Out? Many artists moved into the eastern edge of downtown Los Angeles because of cheap rents for available space in warehouses and lofts. Homeless people were left alone. Then landlords agreed to pay fees for a Business Improvement District , or BID, that provided security, trash removal and marketing to lure investors. The district, one of nine in downtown alone, is now a hot real-estate market. Was the BID responsible for gentrification? For the past two years there's been dispute over whether it should continue. Recently, a judge settled the issue by ordering the BID to disband, as KCRW producer Evan George reports.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.