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Host Madeleine Brand looks at news, culture and emerging trends through the lens of Los Angeles.

Host Madeleine Brand looks at news, culture and emerging trends through the lens of Los Angeles.


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Host Madeleine Brand looks at news, culture and emerging trends through the lens of Los Angeles.




Democratic candidates and black voters

Democratic presidential candidates tried appealing to black voters during Tuesday’s debate in Charleston. Saturday’s South Carolina primary is the first real test for the candidates in a state where African Americans are the majority of voters.


Coronavirus spreading to US

The CDC says it’s not a question of “if” the coronavirus will spread to the U.S., but “when.” Officials say they don’t yet know whether it will be a mild or severe outbreak. There are 80,000 cases worldwide now. We check the facts and look at the global economic impact.


Kobe Bryant memorial in LA

At today’s memorial for Kobe Bryant, thousands of Angelenos gathered and heard speeches from Vanessa Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan, and others.


California’s new voting system

LA and and 14 other California counties have a new system for voting in this year’s presidential election. Now voters can go to one of the nearly 1,000 community voting centers around the county. The first ones open on Saturday.


Pae White’s Beverly Center art

LA artist Pae White has two new giant installations at the Beverly Center. One features more than 900 twisted neon tubes, and the other has more than 70,000 pieces of colorful glazed tiles.


‘Gay Like Me’

Producer Richie Jackson says being gay is the most special thing about him. He came out in 1983. But he warns his son -- and others -- that it’s tougher to be gay now than decades ago. His new book is “Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son.”


Gentrification in Boyle Heights is focus of new Netflix series

“Gentefied” follows three cousins and their immigrant grandfather who try to save the family’s taqueria as gentrification creeps in. We speak with the Latinx creators of the show.


Presidents Day replay: Ronny Chieng, Cedric Burnside

On this Presidents Day, we air a special half-hour replay of two of our favorite interviews. Comedian Ronny Chieng makes the case for an Asian president of the United States. Cedric Burnside talks about growing up as the grandson of blues legend R.L. Burnside.


Jackie Lacey dismisses weed convictions in LA. Why now?

LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey this week dismissed 66,000 marijuana-related convictions in the county. She describes the work that went into it, and addresses critics who say the timing (just before an election) is suspect.


Decline of McClatchy and journalism

The Sacramento-based newspaper giant McClatchy filed for bankruptcy today. McClatchy says it plans to continue operating its 30 newspapers while it restructures. McClatchy’s staff has already been cut in half over the past seven years. We look at this bankruptcy and the decline of print media in general.


How will presidential hopefuls fare in Nevada?

Fresh off his New Hampshire primary win, can Bernie Sanders do the same in Nevada, the next state to vote? Nevada doesn’t have many delegates, but it is much more diverse than Iowa and New Hampshire.


Mike Bloomberg rises in the polls

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has the best shot at beating Donald Trump in a general election, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out Monday. That same poll has him in third place nationally, behind Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.


Why is Elizabeth Warren’s campaign lagging?

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is in fourth place among New Hampshire Democratic primary voters, according to a new poll. She’s tied with former Vice President Joe Biden, and behind Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy Klobuchar. Why is she trailing in her own backyard?


Oscars: Visa troubles for filmmakers, a chat with ‘The Cave’ director

The Sundance film festival just ended, and the Oscars are this Sunday. Filmmakers worldwide have been traveling to the U.S. to promote their works and hit the awards circuit. But new visa requirements and President Trump’s travel ban have made it difficult. Feras Fayyad, whose documentary “The Cave” earned an Oscar nomination, was initially denied a visa. We hear from him, plus the head of a group that’s suing the State Department over its new visa requirement.


Trump brags about the economy. Many Americans aren’t feeling it

President Trump is expected to focus on the economy to boost his case for reelection. Unemployment is at record lows and the stock market is at record highs. But many Americans aren’t feeling financially well off. They’re dealing with high costs of health insurance, housing, and childcare. There’s also a spike in homelessness.


What does Trump’s State of the Union mean for his reelection?

President Trump delivered his State of the Union reelection speech on Tuesday, with Republicans cheering and united behind him. Democrats were embarrassed by tech problems during the Iowa caucuses, and by the poor showing of Joe Biden. Is Trump unstoppable?


Goodbye junior high physical fitness tests?

California Governor Gavin Newsom wants to halt physical education testing to help protect kids from body shaming, bullying, and gender identity discrimination.


Coronavirus: ‘Contagion of misinformation’

The U.S. has roughly one dozen confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, and about half are in California. Dr. Syra Madad says, “We are currently battling two types of outbreaks. One: the actual coronavirus outbreak happening at the global scale. And the next is this contagion of misinformation … Folks are thinking this is a very severe disease. We don't have the reliable data yet.”


‘Pain and Glory’: Antonio Banderas and Pedro Almodóvar didn’t always see eye to eye

Antonio Banderas has an Oscar nomination for “Pain and Glory,” in which he plays an aging film director with health problems and regrets. It’s Banderas’ eighth film with Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar.


Q&A begins in Trump impeachment trial

Senators now get to ask both sides questions over two days. Attorney Alan Dershowitz argued today that even if President Trump sought a reelection advantage by freezing aid to Ukraine in exchange for a probe of the Bidens, it could still be seen as part of the public interest.