FROM Paul Habibi
From a Concrete Ditch to a Real Estate Boom After the concrete was poured in the 1930's to make it a flood-control channel, nobody thought much about the LA River. But new events and amenities are attracting visitors, and a $1.3 billion plan for cleanup and restoration took a step forward last month. There's now such a boom in real estate speculation that long-time residents are worried about being priced out. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez went down to the river. You can learn more and see additional photos of gentrification along the LA River on the WWLA blog .
Should Santa Monica Grow Up or Maintain a Low Profile? If you've been to the beach in Santa Monica or sampled the shopping or nightlife lately, you've driven around the traffic cones and seen scaffolding around new buildings. But the City Council has refused to consider raising the height limit above 84 feet without making developers jump through hoops — with no guarantees of the outcome. KCRW producer Evan George visited the city's new beach-side Tongva Park , where he talked with Mayor Pro-Tem Terry O'Day. Be Excited! Be Prepared! Looking out through one of the sculptures at Tongva Park
Growing Up and Growing Small KCRW's continuing series, LA Grows Up has focused on high-rise residential buildings to accommodate increasing urban density. But the process also includes growing small. New micro-apartments have roughly 300 square feet. Is that enough space for single young professionals or retirees? What about parking?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.