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Southern Californians may be short on time but they are never short on curiosity. Every Friday, Spectrum News 1 political reporter and anchor Alex Cohen gives listeners the important local news and information SoCal needs to know in one fell swoop. In just about 17 minutes, listeners will get informed on the issues affecting Southern California. Featuring occasional interviews with SoCal newsmakers, “SoCal in 17” is the definitive weekly podcast for those living in and around Los Angeles.​​

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    'It's not worth it!': Former Rep. Harley Rouda on our perilous dependence on oil

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 16:48

    Two SoCal Democrats tackling hot-button issues — offshore oil drilling and abortion — join us this week. Former Rep. Harley Rouda shares what it's like to see a massive oil spill hit the district he lost to Rep. Michelle Steel last fall. And Rep. Judy Chu opens up about her personal experiences with pregnancies, abortions and the current battle over reproductive rights in the U.S. Get in Touch Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla

    Homecoming for Karen Bass? Why the congresswoman wants to be the next mayor of LA

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 17:13

    After weeks of speculation, Rep. Karen Bass made it official. She's running to be the next mayor of Los Angeles, and she joins us to share why. Find out more about just how deep her LA roots go and why she almost didn't get into politics at all. Plus, we discuss what went wrong with the bipartisan police reform bill she co-authored and Congress failed to pass. Get in Touch Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla

    Elder and wiser: What LA-based radio talk show host Larry Elder learned from his gubernatorial recall run

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 17:07


    Now that California's gubernatorial recall race is in the rearview mirror, the slightly vitriolic, always entertaining Larry Elder joins us to rehash what went right and wrong in his campaign to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom. Plus, why he thinks he garnered most of the votes out of the recall candidates. His answer might surprise you. GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla


    The $276 million dinner at the French Laundry: Should recall laws be reformed?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 17:21

    Although the 2021 gubernatorial recall election won't be certified until late October, Gov. Gavin Newsom achieved a clear and significant victory. So, was spending perhaps as much as $300 million of taxpayer money worth it? Are California's recall laws in need of a revamp? We dive into these questions with state Sen. Josh Newman and Rep. Karen Bass. Bass also weighs in on a possible run to be Los Angeles' next mayor. Plus, a cameo appearance from candidate Caitlyn Jenner, who might have garnered fewer votes than billboard star Angelyne. GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla IN THIS EPISODE Rep. Karen Bass on Twitter: @RepKarenBass Sen. Josh Newman on Twitter: @JoshNewmanCA Caitlyn Jenner on Twitter: @Caitlyn_Jenner

    What to do about No. 2 on the recall ballot? Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis weighs in on how to vote.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 17:09


    For those opposed to the recall election, that pesky second question has proven vexing! This week, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis makes the case why keeping it blank is the best option, even though her sons want to write her in as their pick. California's first female lieutenant governor also opens up about her thoughts on that infamous French Laundry dinner. Plus, a special guest cameo from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti who says you don't have to love Gov. Gavin Newsom to "just say no" to the recall. Missed our conversation with Larry Elder? Catch it here. GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla IN THIS EPISODE Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis on Twitter: @EleniForCA LA Mayor Eric Garcetti on Twitter: @MayorofLA


    'The people's attorney': California's Attorney General Rob Bonta shares his vision for law and order in the Golden State

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 17:19

    Earlier this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Assemblyman Rob Bonta to the role of California Attorney General after Xavier Becerra was confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. So far, the state's top cop has sprung into action in his first hundred days by combating hate incidents against the Asian American Pacific Islander Community and cracking down on privately owned prisons and immigration detention centers. Bonta joins "SoCal in 17" to discuss these actions and what he sees as his role as California's first Filipino attorney general. GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla IN THIS EPISODE Rob Bonta on Twitter: @RobBonta and @AGRobBonta

    (Tough) Love in the Time of COVID: Dr. Barbara Ferrer on what to do about Angelenos who refuse vaccines

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 17:01

    For much of 2021, government and public health officials have been offering everything from cash incentives to vacation giveaways — even free marijuana — to get more shots in arms across the state. But now, with COVID-19 cases skyrocketing with the rise of the delta variant, officials are switching to a tough-love approach. Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer joins us to discuss the new masking, vaccine and testing requirements recently put in place. Plus, what she's been doing personally to stave off vaccine misinformation throughout the county.  GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla IN THIS EPISODE LA Public Health on Twitter: @lapublichealth How New York City is messaging around COVID-19

    She cast the lone vote against the Afghan war. How Rep. Barbara Lee feels today.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 17:16


    As the situation in Afghanistan quickly deteriorates, we check in with the California congresswoman who cast the lone vote against a resolution authorizing force against any nation involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. Democrat Barbara Lee is the focus of a new documentary out Friday called "Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power." She joins host (and fellow Cancerian) Alex Cohen for a powerful discussion on what it means to forge a political path on your own. GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla IN THIS EPISODE Rep. Barbara Lee on Twitter: @RepBarbaraLee Website for the Rep. Barbara Lee documentary


    "Is this America?" Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff weighs in on what's next for the House select committee on Jan. 6 attack

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 16:34


    Rep. Adam Schiff was there when Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, and yet, he still has plenty of questions about what happened that day. He's part of the nine-member bipartisan committee tasked with getting to the bottom of why rioters were able to take over the building and figuring out how to prevent such an atrocity from ever happening again. Schiff opens up about some of the more emotionally difficult moments hearing testimony from the men tasked with protecting his workplace.  GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla


    Elder statesman: How LA radio host Larry Elder became California's leading candidate to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 17:57


    After just barely making it onto the recall ballot, conservative radio host Larry Elder now finds himself at the top of the polls to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom. If elected, he would become California's first-ever Black governor. Elder shares his vision for cracking down on crime, making housing more affordable and why he believes systemic racism is a myth. GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla IN THIS EPISODE Campaign image Larry Elder on Twitter  Larry Elder on Instagram  Larry Elder's campaign website Emerson College polls show Elder in the lead


    Vaccines, lies and social media: Andy Slavitt explains how COVID-19 myths spread like wildfire

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 16:25


    This week, Gov. Gavin Newsom and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia duked it out on Twitter over vaccines. Find out why politicians thrive on spewing COVID-19 falsehoods and why regular Joes are using codewords like Maxine instead of vaccine and Moana instead of Moderna with former White House COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt. The "In the Bubble" podcast host explains why he's not too concerned about vaccinated folks getting COVID-19 and why requiring vaccination or regular testing for city and state employees is the right move right now. GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla IN THIS EPISODE Andy Slavitt's Twitter: @aslavitt Watch the video Andy and Alex discuss A list of code words people use to discuss vaccines without being flagged  In the Bubble podcast Gov. Newsom and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Twitter feud  


    LA Law: Former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton on what to do when police get things wrong​

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 17:00

    Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore admitted "human error" caused a botched detonation of illegal fireworks in South LA. So how can the police make things right after such extensive damage and injuries? Former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton joins us with his take on how cops can repair relations with the communities they're tasked with protecting and serving. Bratton's new book, "The Profession," chronicles his time in LA and how he managed to make inroads with this city's Black community. GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla IN THIS EPISODE "The Profession" memoir 

    Second coming? Antonio Villaraigosa argues he's the man to be mayor of LA… again.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 17:25

    President Joe Biden has nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to be the next ambassador to India, but who will be Garcetti's replacement if he's confirmed? Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he's up for the job, and if tapped, he's not afraid to make big, bold moves. Plus, another native son, saxophonist Kamasi Washington, discusses making music during the lockdown and his upcoming show at the Hollywood Bowl. GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla IN THIS EPISODE Kamasi Washington's upcoming show at the Hollywood Bowl Kamasi Washington's live performance of BECOMING at the Hollywood Bowl in 2020

    LA County Sheriff Villanueva and the Merchants of Venice (Beach)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 17:57

    Love him or hate him, almost everyone in Los Angeles has strong feelings about LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. This week, host Alex Cohen has a brutally frank conversation with Villanueva about homelessness, why he consistently insults other elected officials and allegations about deputy gangs. Plus, find out what Villanueva might do if he's unsuccessful in his re-election bid. GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla IN THIS EPISODE See a photo of Fort Apache insignia Sheriff Villanueva mentions in the interview  Read Cerise Castle's series on the history of LASD deputy gangs

    School's out for LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 16:30

    This week marked Austin Beutner's last as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Despite the district asking him to stay on for this pivotal next chapter in education, Beutner decided not to renew his contract. So why is he leaving, and what's next? Plus, he shares his advice for his successor. GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla

    The what, when and how of Gov. Newsom's recall election

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 16:50

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom is now officially facing a recall election, but the huge question is when? Neal Kelley, the man in charge of elections in Orange County, says he's concerned about having it too soon, too early. Plus, former police officer Orrin Heatlie joins to talk about his gripe with Newsom that ultimately spurred him to lead the charge on the recall movement. GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla

    Juneteenth is now a federal holiday, but it's not just another day off

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 17:29

    Juneteenth is now a federal holiday, the first new federal holiday since 1983. So what would it mean to have a day off to commemorate the day that the last enslaved people in Texas learned they were free? Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell weighs in on this new holiday as well as the national backlash against what's known as critical race theory.  GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla

    No masks, no social distancing, no limits: What to expect when California reopens

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 17:03

    Come Tuesday, California will scrap its four-tier system and fully reopen its economy. That means no required capacity limits, no social distancing and much looser mask mandates. But is California really ready? One of the state's leading infectious disease experts, Dr. Monica Gandhi, weighs in, and she's got some tough love for how California's elected officials have handled the pandemic. GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla

    Activist on 'Silence of the Lambs' anti-trans legacy and what she's doing to change it

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 17:11

    In 1991, the film "Silence of the Lambs" won five Oscars, including "Best Film." It was a popular thriller that featured a so-called transsexual character named Buffalo Bill, a serial killer who murdered women and skinned his victims to make a dress. Transgender activist Jen Richards said this portrayal caused much harm to the trans community. Host Alex Cohen speaks with Richards on how she is changing the narrative as a consultant and cast member on CBS' spinoff of the thriller "Clarice." GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla

    Live from Clubhouse: Dear Asian Americans, what now?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 57:07

    It's the last week of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a time to celebrate and honor the achievements of this vast and diverse community. But what happens come June? Will people stop caring about inequality and justice? On this special episode, host Alex Cohen addresses these questions with "Dear Asian Americans" podcast host Jerry Won, comedian Kristina Wong, fashion designer NiK Kacy and "SoCal in 17" producer Esther Lee on the audio app, Clubhouse. GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla

    Protests erupted in the city one year ago. LA's top cop says there's been change.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 17:28

    It's been one year since protests erupted in the city of Los Angeles in the wake of George Floyd's death. Demonstrators flooded the streets as they called for justice and police reform. Host Alex Cohen sits down with LA Police Department Chief Michel Moore to reflect on the past year. Moore says there are some things the department did right and things he wished they did differently.  GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla Follow @alexcoheninla on Clubhouse to tune into “Dear Asian Americans, What Now?” at 5 p.m. PT Wednesday

    Could LA City Council's first Latina president become the city's first female mayor?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 17:16

    Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez is considering throwing her hat into the ring for the 2022 mayoral election. Martinez is already the council's first Latina president and could make history again by not only becoming the first woman mayor but the first mom to hold that position. Martinez gets candid with host Alex Cohen about the pressures of motherhood, including the difficult moments trying to protect her daughter from a life of being in the public eye.  GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla

    Imagining a new Disneyland with a Disney Imagineer

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2021 17:20

    Get ready, Disney fans! Disneyland finally reopened its doors to the public after more than a year. Host Alex Cohen sits down with Disney Imagineer Jeanette Lomboy to talk about how she and her colleagues took advantage of a closed park to work on exciting attractions and new changes for the reopening. To quote Disney's "Frozen," "There'll be actual real live people. It'll be totally strange. But, wow, am I so ready for this change!" GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla

    Sex, lies and digital pics: Why Katie Hill's revenge-porn case is bigger than her

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2021 17:08

    Having nude photos of you leaked to the tabloids for the world to see is humiliating, but is it illegal? Former Rep. Katie Hill believes so. After having nude photos released on the conservative website RedState, Hill filed a lawsuit against her ex-husband and publications that released the photos. She asserted that the pics were violating California's "revenge porn" laws, but she's fighting an uphill battle. Host Alex Cohen catches up with Hill to see where the lawsuits stand. GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla

    LA mayor wants to test universal basic income. This young mayor did it first.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2021 17:32

    Earlier this week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced his plan to launch a guaranteed income plan, one that could make LA the largest city to trial universal basic income, or UBI. This week, host Alex Cohen sits down with a former mayor who successfully made that happen in his city of Stockton. Michael Tubbs, who also made history as the nation's youngest mayor, successfully experimented with UBI and had a lot to say about what it takes to fight poverty.   IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    LA mayor talks vaccine passports, homelessness and using sewage to track COVID

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 17:36

    With his State of the City address coming up next week, a few explosive issues are top of mind for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Host Alex Cohen gets the inside scoop in her exclusive interview, including expediting the city's COVID-19 recovery with sewage (yes sewage!) technology. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    Sleeping with QAnon: Sacha Baron Cohen and "Borat" Co-Star Maria Bakalova on American Society

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2021 17:33

    Actor Sacha Baron Cohen risked his life playing the fictional Kazakh journalist Borat in "Borat Subsequent Movie Film," where he bunked with QAnon believers, punked Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani, and attended and then fled a pro-gun rally. Host Alex Cohen sits down with Baron Cohen and his co-star Maria Bakalova to get the behind-the-scenes of this extreme comedy.  IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    A Young Boy's Fear of Vaccines Inspired Disney's Iconic Song "A Spoonful of Sugar"

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2021 16:31

    Almost everyone knows Disney's iconic song A Spoonful of Sugar, but not many are aware of its distinct Southern California connection to vaccines. Host Alex Cohen sits down with producer Jeffrey Sherman, whose personal polio vaccine story inspired his father and uncle to pen the lyrics to the classic Mary Poppins song. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla Where to register to get a vaccine: CVS Ralphs Walgreens  Rite Aid  Carbon Health Kaiser Permanente  GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    We Need to Talk About Anti-Asian Hate

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2021 17:26

    Korean American filmmaker Eugene Lee Yang, known for his work with the Try Guys, was putting the finishing touches on his documentary We need to talk about anti-Asian hate when news broke of the horrific shootings in Atlanta, Georgia. In this week's episode, Yang breaks down why the model minority myth can be so dangerous and how anti-Asian racism in America traces back to a lack of education and understanding of Asian American history.  IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    The First California Governor to Be Recalled Has Some Advice for Gov. Gavin Newsom

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2021 16:43

    Gov. Gavin Newsom launched his anti-recall campaign this week, making appearances on The View, CNN, and MSNBC. Meanwhile, recall organizers say they are confident they have enough signatures to trigger a recall election. In this episode, host Alex Cohen sits down with none other than former Gov. Gray Davis, the only California governor to have been recalled. Davis looks back on 2003 when he faced his own recall election and was eventually replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    This ER Doctor Produced Netflix's "Pandemic." Then the Real Pandemic Arrived

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2021 17:38

    Cancer patient-turned-doctor-turned-filmmaker Dr. Ryan McGarry has had quite a year. Weeks after the release of Netflix's "Pandemic," which he executive produced, the coronavirus hit the U.S., and the virus soon consumed his life. In this week's special episode looking back at a year of COVID-19, Alex Cohen sits down with McGarry, who mourns a special relationship lost during this time and shares a story about a patient he will never forget.  IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla How to Write a Letter to Congress About Student Loan Issues GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    Our Relationship With Death: How to Deal With Mortality in the Age of COVID

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2021 16:39


    More people have died of COVID-19 in California than in any other state in the nation. While California has finally seen case numbers decline, the funeral industry is still under tremendous strain. This week, host Alex Cohen and mortician Caitlin Doughty discuss what this pandemic has revealed about America's attitude toward death.  IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​


    LA County DA George Gascón Wins Some, Loses Some with His Progressive Policies

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2021 17:10

    Last fall, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón defeated two-term incumbent Jackie Lacey. His victory marked the first time a sitting DA had been unseated in the county in two decades. Gascón took that victory and ran with it, pushing for progressive policies that he promised voters during his campaign. Those policies have been met with some criticism, and this week, host Alex Cohen sits down with Gascón to hear his side of the story. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    Why the Decision for LAUSD to Reopen Campuses Is a Complicated One

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2021 17:08

    Now that Los Angeles County has met the statewide threshold to reopen elementary schools, will L.A. Unified School District bring students back to campus? Many parents have been calling for the reopening of campuses, but the decision is a complicated one. Host Alex Cohen sits down with LAUSD board President Kelly Gonez to discuss the decisions being made regarding students' education.  IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    California's Vaccine Rollout and Road to Recovery: Are We There Yet?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2021 16:28

    California is trying to vaccinate as many people as possible and as quickly as possible. And yet, new variants are emerging throughout the world at a dizzying rate. This week, SoCal in 17 provides extensive coverage on the latest information and insight into vaccine hesitancy. Host Alex Cohen receives an update from Dr. Jerry Abraham, who is heading vaccine distribution at a South L.A. health center. Then Alex gets insight from Bishop Kenneth Ulmer of Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood on vaccine hesitancy within the Black community. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla Vaccine information for 5 counties within great L.A. L.A. County Orange County Riverside County San Bernardino County Ventura County GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    "A Lot Is Going to Be Written About This Time in History": Rep. Maxine Waters on Trump's Impeachment and Rep. Greene's Controversial Claims

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2021 17:01

    As part of our celebration of Black History Month, Rep. Maxine Waters joins host Alex Cohen to talk about former President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial. The congresswoman is fired up about the trial and shared a few cautionary words for Republicans fearful of political blowback if they vote to convict. She also weighs in on colleague Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's controversial social media posts and claims. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    What Dr. Anthony Fauci Has to Say About California Lifting Stay-at-Home Orders

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2021 16:58

    Dr. Anthony Fauci has become such a fixture in this pandemic that some are calling the COVID-19 vaccine the "Fauci ouchie." Dr. Fauci opens up to host Alex Cohen about the "strange journey" of being the face of public health with Donald Trump as president and his first week under the new Biden administration. He also touches on California's pandemic journey. A local doctor then shares what life is like on the front lines, doling out life-saving vaccines in South Los Angeles. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla Dr. Fauci’s mask PSA GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    Efforts to Recall Gov. Gavin Newsom Reignite. It's Not the First Time California Has Seen This

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2021 17:33

    What do Gary Coleman, an adult film star, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have in common? All three were candidates to replace then-Gov. Gray Davis back in 2003. Host Alex Cohen sits down with former colleague John Myers. As journalists, they were at the forefront of covering the 2003 recall election. They look back at what happened then and what history might reveal about the current efforts to remove Gov. Gavin Newsom from office. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    Run. Hide. Fight. California Congressman Walked Colleagues Through Active Shooter Drills During Capitol Siege

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2021 17:18

    President Trump made history this week as the House voted to impeach him for his role in the Capitol siege. He's now the only president to be impeached twice. House members who voted in favor were undoubtedly influenced by their experiences on Jan. 6 as insurgents breached the Capitol. Rep. Raul Ruiz, who was at the Capitol, recounts walking his colleagues through active shooter drills as fears heightened. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    "Patients Are Triaging Themselves" — A SoCal Doctor's Terrifying Reality

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2021 17:23

    Dr. James Q. Simmons works at one of Southern California's busiest hospitals, where they are quickly running out of space. A patient, who has having a heart attack, had to wait 14 hours in the parking lot before being admitted inside. Host Alex Cohen gets a glimpse of this terrifying reality from Simmons, who admits he cries every day on his drive home from work. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    Former U.S. Rep. Katie Hill Turned the Tide Blue, Stumbled, and Resigned From Congress. Here's What's Next

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2021 18:10

    Host Alex Cohen rings in the New Year with former California Congresswoman Katie Hill, who came roaring back to the public eye in 2020 after resigning from Congress following a scandal. She opens up about her "guilt that the sea is red" after she helped turn it blue. Hill has found a new career and is talking politics in a bold new way, but could the Democrat from District 25 be planning to run again? Producer Esther Lee then joins to talk about some "what ifs." IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    How to Unite 17,000 Singers for a Virtual Performance

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2020 17:30

    How does one piece together a 17,000-person virtual choir and turn around a finished product in five weeks? California-based conductor Eric Whitacre, who is all too familiar with the process, shares with host Alex Cohen how it’s done. And in the spirit of the holidays, he describes what it means to bring a little bit of joy to people’s homes during these trying times. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    Coronavirus Vaccine: Frontline Physician on the Science, Timing, and Challenges

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2020 16:37

    The first round of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in California this week. So what’s next? Host Alex Cohen sits down with Dr. David Agus, founding director of USC’s Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine, to get answers about the science behind the vaccine, who should be vaccinated, how to distribute, and more. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    PPP Funds, Plexiglass, and Pivoting: How Shutdowns Disrupted LA County Restaurants

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2020 17:46

    There are more than 30,000 restaurants in Los Angeles County, and many are grappling with the new orders restricting on-site dining. From staff layoffs to heater shortages, restaurant owner Caroline Styne has experienced it all, and she has a plea for local officials: let restaurants resume outdoor dining. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    "It's More Than Just a Tiff," LA County Supervisor Says of Sheriff Villanueva

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2020 12:37

    In this bonus episode of "SoCal in 17," host Alex Cohen continues her discussion with Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. They discuss law and order in the county, including juvenile justice and L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who some argue is not fit for his job. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    LA County Supervisor Voted to Ban Outdoor Dining, Then Dined Out. She Explains Why

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2020 16:54

    Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl made headlines this week following reports that she dined at a Santa Monica restaurant hours after voting to ban outdoor dining throughout the region amid the surge of COVID-19 cases. So why did she do it, and how does she respond to the critics? Host Alex Cohen has a frank, down-to-earth conversation with Kuehl.  Producer Esther Lee then joins to talk about tough decisions. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    Social Media, Street Art, and Hollywood Propel Political Outsider’s Stunning LA City Council Win

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2020 16:30

    Outsider Nithya Raman made history when she defeated incumbent David Ryu in the race for Los Angeles City Council District 4. Not only is she the first Asian woman in this seat, but she is also the first person in 17 years to unseat a member of the L.A. City Council. In this episode, host Alex Cohen learns the secret behind Raman's successful campaign. Producer Esther Lee then joins to talk campaign strategy. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    Local Playwright and MacArthur Fellow on "Giving Back and Paying Back" Indigenous People this Thanksgiving

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2020 17:28

    If you were awarded $625,000 to work on your dream project, what would you do? Larissa FastHorse was one of 21 individuals named a MacArthur fellow for her work as a playwright and received the no-strings-attached "genius" grant. In this week's episode, FastHorse joins host Alex Cohen to discuss bringing the indigenous experience to the theater. She also has a thing or two to say about celebrating Thanksgiving. Then Alex and producer Esther Lee talk about their Thanksgiving plans. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    You Voted. You Waited. Here's How Election Results Will Impact SoCal

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2020 39:20

    In this week's SoCal in 17, host Alex Cohen sits down with the talented hosts of "LA Podcast" to talk local and national election results and what it means for SoCal. With so much to discuss, including the role social media played in campaigns due to the pandemic, we broke our rule about keeping the episode to just 17 minutes! In another break from tradition, Alex and Producer Esther Lee take a break from writing haikus and allow the "LA Podcast" hosts to share theirs, including one that gave Alex goosebumps. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla Check out "LA Podcast" GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

    How Reelected Rep. Katie Porter is Finding Joy During the Election

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2020 16:54

    This week, Democrat Katie Porter declared victory over Greg Raths for Orange County's 45th Congressional District seat. Host Alex Cohen talked to the congresswoman before and after her win. Porter discussed engaging in democracy and finding joy in the process. She also spoke about her questioning of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and how being a mother helped her prepare for the exchange. Producer Esther Lee then joins to share how she's finding joy during election week. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla Rep. Katie Porter vs. Postmaster Dejoy GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​  

    Disposable Pens, De-escalation Techniques, and Democracy in Orange County

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2020 17:50

    Orange County is the fifth largest voting jurisdiction in the United States. With just a few days away from Election Day, host Alex Cohen sits down with Orange County Registrar Neal Kelley, who's in charge of this region's elections. Kelley discusses the safety measures volunteers will take due to the pandemic, what they'll do if voters refuse to wear a mask, and ways voters can cast their ballot in the county, including one not available in L.A. County. Producer Esther Lee then joins to talk about her college job. IN THIS EPISODE Alex's Twitter handle: @alexcoheninla GET IN TOUCH Have an idea for our "News in Haikus" segment, or just want to ask Alex a question? There are three ways to get in touch: SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 Call 424-209-8764 and leave us a voicemail!​​

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