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“The Times” is a podcast from the Los Angeles Times hosted by columnist Gustavo Arellano along with reporters from our diverse newsroom. Every weekday, our podcast takes listeners beyond the headlines, with our West Coast outlook on the world. News, entertainment, the environment, immigration, politics, the criminal justice system, the social safety net, food and culture — “The Times” exists at the epicenter of it all. Through interviews and original stories, “The Times” is the audio guide you need to understand the day’s news, the world and how California shapes it. Listen everywhere podcasts are available.

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    Alison Roman on cooking and cancellation

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 30:23


    Alison Roman is a chef, food writer, cookbook author and video maker whose unfussy recipes pack a punch. Those recipes, along with her fun persona, made her a bright spot for many fans especially as the pandemic began taking hold. Then Roman, who is white, lobbed some criticism at celebrities Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo — women of color — and controversy engulfed her. Roman was canceled. Or was she? What exactly does being canceled mean, anyway? What can a person learn, and where can they go from there? L.A. Times reporter Erin B. Logan asks Roman these questions. But first: What's Roman making for Thanksgiving, how did she get into the food world, and how does she make simplicity taste so good?  (Psst: This is the last episode before The Times' Thanksgiving break. We'll be back Monday!)More reading: Alison Roman moves beyond Chrissy Teigen backlash and vows to grow from itWhen Alison Roman insulted Chrissy Teigen: Everything to know about their online spatColumn: Cancel culture is as American as apple pieAlison Roman's website  


    Sohla El-Waylly on cooking and appropriation

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 43:48

    Sohla El-Waylly is famous for her cooking videos for outlets like the History Channel's “Ancient Recipes,” Bon Appetit's “Test Kitchen,” and so, so much more. She also writes a column at Food52 and contributes to the cooking section at the other big-time Times newspaper (the one on the East Coast).Today, we do another crossover episode with our sibling podcast “Asian Enough,” where El-Waylly talks about food appropriation, her inspirations and much more.Hosts: Johana Bhuiyan and Tracy BrownGuest: Chef Sohla El-WayllyMore reading:Babish expands as pandemic boosts YouTube cooking showsVulture: Going SohlaSohla's website

    The story of L.A.'s glitzy gambling boat kingpin

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 26:18


    This story of Los Angeles' 1930s era of gambling boats — and Tony Cornero, the underworld boss at the center of the action — is a portal to another version of the city, one that's glamorous and seedy. Business reporter Daniel Miller spent months chasing down the tale, poring over FBI records, reviewing newspaper accounts and interviewing the few people alive who remember when barges bobbing off the coast of Santa Monica offered the chance at a sea-sprayed jackpot. He tells us about this world of water-cannon gangsters and floating vice dens — which paved the way for the popularity of Las Vegas and dramatically met its end 82 years ago this month.More reading:The secret history of L.A.'s glitzy gambling boat kingpin — and the raid that sank him


    Social media's Latino misinformation problem

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 23:48

    Last month, former Facebook employee Frances Haugen revealed she had released thousands of documents that showed how the company knew yet did little to curb harmful content for its billions of users. Those documents also showed that Facebook's parent company, Meta, knew disinformation on its platforms was particularly corrosive to Latino communities — yet the company did little to stop it. Today, we talk about the damage and what activists are doing to try to stop it.More reading:What Facebook knew about its Latino-aimed disinformation problem Misinformation online is bad in English. But it's far worse in Spanish Facebook struggled with disinformation targeted at Latinos

    Mega-drought + mega-rain = uh-oh!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 19:57

    When it rains, it pours, and when it pours after a long dry spell, water can become dangerous. Fire-scarred lands see mudslides devastate homes. Parched soil can't absorb the rain that comes. Water, water everywhere, and California is still on the brink.Today, we reconvene our Masters of Disasters to discuss how too much rain after a drought can be bad. And who knew the term "mudslide" could be so controversial?More reading:Threat of mudslides returns to California after devastating fires. How do they work?California rains break all-time records, spurring floods and mudslidesOctober's torrential rains brought some drought relief, but California's big picture still bleak

    In-N-Out Burger enters the COVID-19 wars

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 18:54

    Last month, In-N-Out Burger made national news when health officials in San Francisco shut down one of its restaurants. The company's sin: refusing to comply with a law that requires restaurants to ask customers for proof of COVID-19 vaccination. An In-N-Out spokesperson described the mandate as “intrusive, improper and offensive” — and suddenly, the burger chain became a flashpoint in the country's culture wars. Today, we talk about this beloved company with L.A. Times reporter Stacy Perman, author of the best-selling 2009 book “In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules.”More reading: Column: What In-N-Out's vaccine standoff reveals about the California dream Inside In-N-Out Burger's escalating war with California over COVID-19 vaccine rules ‘We refuse to become the vaccination police': In-N-Out Burger, and other restaurants defy COVID mandates

    Leyna Bloom on breaking ground as a trans woman of color

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 35:46

    Over the last few years, Leyna Bloom has been the first in many categories. In 2017, she became the first trans woman of color to grace the pages of Vogue India. In 2019, she became one of the first trans women to walk Paris Fashion Week. And most recently, she broke barriers again as the first trans cover model for Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue.On this crossover episode with our sister podcast “Asian Enough,” Bloom talks about her ties to ballroom, her Black and Filipina identity and reuniting with her mom after decades apart.More reading:How Leyna Bloom became the first transgender actress of color to star in a film at CannesSports Illustrated Swimsuit goes bold: Megan Thee Stallion, Naomi Osaka, Leyna BloomReview: Luminous performances elevate trans romance ‘Port Authority'

    Can the FBI spy on Muslims and not say why?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 18:13

    In 2011, a group of Muslims in Orange County sued the federal government, alleging that the FBI violated the constitutional rights of Muslims by spying on them solely because of their religion. The feds denied the allegations, but they also said they couldn't disclose why they had spied on this community. To do so, according to the government, would reveal state secrets. Now the lawsuit is before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the feds want it dismissed. Today, we hear from L.A. Times reporter Suhauna Hussain, who is covering the case. We'll hear from some of the plaintiffs and Muslim activists. And we'll also hear from Craig Monteilh, the self-admitted FBI informant in the center of all this. More reading: Supreme Court skeptical of FBI's claim in monitoring of Orange County MuslimsColumn: In Orange County case, the U.S. is hiding behind claims of ‘state secrets'From the archives: Man says he was FBI informant

    Why we forget U.S. violence toward Chinatowns

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 17:56

    This fall, a commemoration in downtown Los Angeles marked the 150th anniversary of when a mob lynched 18 Chinese men and boys — one of the biggest such killings in American history. The recent memorial comes in a year when many similar remembrances have bloomed across the United States. Anti-Asian hate crimes have soared during the pandemic, but that has also spurred an interest in learning the long, and long-hidden, history of such bigotry.  More reading: History forgot the 1871 Los Angeles Chinese massacre, but we've all been shaped by its violenceL.A.'s memorial for 1871 Chinese Massacre will mark a shift in how we honor historyThe racist massacre that killed 10% of L.A.'s Chinese population and brought shame to the cityWhite residents burned this California Chinatown to the ground. An apology came 145 years later

    California's marijuana revolution at 25 years

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 18:12


    Marijuana use is now ubiquitous in mainstream culture — even Martha Stewart's into CBD products thanks to her good pal Snoop Dogg. Despite this, the federal government classifies basically all cannabis-related products as illegal. That stands in the way of things like medical research. Can California, which sparked a revolution 25 years ago with the legalization of medical marijuana by voters, push the federal government to legalize marijuana once and for all? More reading: California changed the country with marijuana legalization. Is it high time for the feds to catch up?Thousands of California marijuana convictions officially reduced, others dismissedEditorial: What legalization? California is still the Wild West of illegal marijuana


    Why this USC fraternity scandal is different

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 21:19

    At USC, hundreds of students have been protesting university officials and so-called Greek life itself over the last month after a series of drugging and sexual assault allegations that the school kept quiet about for weeks. It's the latest scandal to hit the school, and some of the loudest criticism has come from an unexpected source: fraternity and sorority members. Today, we talk to L.A. Times higher education reporter Teresa Watanabe about the matter. And a USC student who's a proud sorority sister tells us why she's pushing for change.More reading: USC students protest toxic Greek life after fraternity suspended for alleged drugging, sexual assaultUSC's ‘Greek experience' under fire even as fraternities gain in popularity post-pandemicUSC admits to ‘troubling delay' in warning about fraternity drugging, sex assault reports

    How Filipino Americans are the Latinos of Asia

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 44:59

    In this crossover episode with our cousin podcast “Asian Enough,” hosts Suhauna Hussain and Johana Bhuiyan speak with sociologist Anthony Ocampo. He's spent his career studying the intersection of race, gender and immigration, which guided his groundbreaking book “The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race.”Today, Ocampo also speaks about another facet of his work: what it means to be brown and gay in Los Angeles. And he reflects on Filipino nurses' role in battling the coronavirus in the United States.More reading:Filipino American trailblazers speak truth to Hollywood through jokes and rhymesHow the Philippines' colonial legacy weighs on Filipino American mental healthFilipino-led micro-businesses blossom in the pandemic at L.A.'s Manila District

    Make way for women, LGBTQ and POC skateboarders

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 21:02

    Skateboarding is a mainstay of California street culture, from San Diego to San Francisco and beyond. It's so popular that L.A. County filled outdoor skateparks with sand earlier in the pandemic so no one could grind on them.But during the pandemic, skateboard sales surged — and communities long marginalized from the sport are now making their own spaces.Today we talk to reporter Cerise Castle, who's covering and participating in this rise, and skateboarders from various parts of America — including Washington, D.C., and the Navajo Nation — tell us why they skate.More reading:Skating can be a bridge in L.A. These 3 crews show how bonds form on four wheelsSkateboarding improves mental health, helps build diverse relationships, USC study saysFrom the archives: Skateboarders in urban areas get respect, and parks

    What it's like for L.A.'s female firefighters

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 24:07

    Less than 4% of Los Angeles' firefighters are women — a number that, despite the mayor's goals, has inched up only slightly in recent years. Many of the female firefighters say their ranks are so small because of a hostile, sexist culture pervading the Los Angeles Fire Department.Today, we talk about what women in the LAFD have been dealing with, including trash in their lockers, feces on bathroom floors and nasty remarks from co-workers they need to trust with their lives. We talk to L.A. Times City Hall reporter Dakota Smith, who has covered this hazing culture, and we also hear from Stacy Taylor, a retired battalion chief who pushed for better treatment during her 26 years in the department.More reading:Women say they endure ‘frat house' culture at L.A. Fire Department. ‘The worst of my life'Female firefighters, civil rights advocates call for LAFD chief's removalFirefighters sue over city of L.A.'s vaccine mandate

    Extreme heat, the silent killer

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 19:48

    Every year, people in the American West die from scorching temperatures. Experts fear that the number of deaths is undercounted — and, that as the climate continues to heats up, the death rate is going to rise.Officially, California says 599 people died due to heat exposure from 2010 to 2019. But a Los Angeles Times investigation estimates the number is way higher: about 3,900 deaths.Today we talk to Tony Barboza and Anna M. Phillips, who, along with Sean Greene and Ruben Vives, spearheaded the L.A. Times investigation. We discuss why their count is so different from the state's, who's most vulnerable to the heat and how to protect yourself. More reading:Heat waves are far deadlier than we think. How California neglects this climate threatClimate change is supercharging California heat waves, and the state isn't readyPoor neighborhoods bear the brunt of extreme heat, ‘legacies of racist decision-making'

    Mexico's wine country gets big — maybe too big

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 19:56

    The Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California is Mexico's premier wine country, a lush valley that makes Napa seem as gorgeous as a parking lot.But a lot of development is coming to the Valle — and many locals aren't happy.Today, we travel to this beautiful, contested space with two experts. Javier Cabral is the editor of LA Taco and wrote about a recent anti-development protest there. Javier Plascencia, a pioneering chef, has seen Valle grow and wants the world to come in — in a sustainable way.More reading:Is Valle de Guadalupe over? The fight to protect Mexican wine country10 things to know about Chef Javier PlascenciaBaja is making a lot more great wine than you might think

    Just 5 countries could make or break climate change

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 25:40

    Over the next two weeks, leaders from nearly 200 countries are gathering in Glasglow, Scotland, for a United Nations climate summit known as COP26. They'll tell us what we've heard before: that scientists have warned about rising oceans, sinking cities, famines and millions of refugees if we don't dramatically reduce carbon emissions. Officials will tell us we all need to act ASAP. But the fate of humanity really rests with a handful of countries.Today, we're gathering our panel of correspondents from across the globe – L.A. Times Beijing bureau chief Alice Su, Seoul correspondent Victoria Kim, Singapore correspondent David Pierson and Mexico City correspondent Kate Linthicum – to focus on a few crucial countries in the fight against climate change and why it's been so difficult for them to reduce their emissions.More reading:G-20 summit fails to bridge divides on pandemic and climate changeThe Amazon is still burning. Can U.N. summit in Glasgow address such climate failures?What U.S.-China tension means for fighting climate change

    How Día de los Muertos flourished in the U.S.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 26:36

    For decades, late October meant one holiday in American popular culture: Halloween. But over the past couple of decades, more and more people are also marking another fall festival: Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.Today, we get into how this Mexican holiday took hold in the United States: its history, its customs, how it's different here from the way it's observed in Mexico. We talk to L.A. Times culture reporter Daniel Hernandez, who has written extensively about the subject. And we talk to Alexis Meza de los Santos, a mexicana who grew up in Kentucky and has seen Día de los Muertos spread across the South.More reading:Contribute to our digital Día de Muertos altarHere's the story behind Día de Muertos altars — and how you can build oneTamales, salt and bread ‘bones': How foods are central to Day of the Dead

    The unsolved assassination of Alex Odeh

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 31:29

    On Oct. 11, 1985, Palestinian American activist Alex Odeh opened the door to the Orange County offices of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. He served as its West Coast regional director. The moment he turned the doorknob, a bomb went off. Thirty-six years later, his assassination remains officially unsolved, but his family thinks the United States government knows more than it wants to admit.Decades after Odeh's killing, Hugh Mooney, one of the first police officers on the scene, has begun speaking about what he heard and saw. Today, we hear from him and talk with TimesOC reporter Gabriel San Román, who has followed the investigation into Odeh's killing for more than a decade. We'll also hear from Odeh's daughter Helena and the voice of Odeh himself.More reading:Amid new revelations, Alex Odeh's assassination remains unsolvedAnswers sought in 1985 slaying of Palestinian activist Alex OdehL.A.-Born JDL man a suspect in '85 slaying of Alex Odeh

    Will the fatal 'Rust' shooting change Hollywood?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 18:45

    Vigils from Southern California to Albuquerque were held last weekend to mark the death of Halyna Hutchins. The up-and-coming cinematographer was working on the film “Rust,” a Western that featured Alec Baldwin as an actor and producer. Meanwhile, investigators are still trying to figure out how Baldwin was handed a gun with a live round despite being assured it was safe.Today, we talk about the fatal incident. We check in with L.A. Times reporters Wendy Lee and Meg James — who cover the business of entertainment — about what happened on that set, whether the tragedy could lead to workplace safety changes in the film and television industry, and whether the clash between unionized crew members and Hollywood producers is about to flare up all over again.More reading:Search warrant reveals grim details of ‘Rust' shooting and Halyna Hutchins' final minutes‘Rust' crew describes on-set gun safety issues and misfires days before fatal shootingLack of gun safety killed Halyna Hutchins on the set of Alec Baldwin's ‘Rust.' How did this happen?

    Stuck for days in L.A.'s biggest traffic jam

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 15:50

    Hundreds of thousands of sailors worldwide are stuck on cargo ships far longer than they'd intended, with few chances to contact the outside. Usually ports offer opportunities for a break, but most of these sailors haven't had access to COVID-19 vaccines, so they're not allowed to set foot in the United States.Today, L.A. Times Business reporter Ronald D. White takes us to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation's largest. A huge backlog of cargo ships is waiting offshore for a turn to unload merchandise. Meanwhile, the crews aboard are going nowhere fast — and there's basically no internet access, no visitors, no nice restaurant food delivery. They're trapped.More reading:They've been stuck for months on cargo ships now floating off Southern California. They're desperateWhen will supply chains be back to normal? And how did things get so bad?A tangled supply chain means shipping delays. Do your holiday shopping now

    Author Shea Serrano thinks Mexicans are perfect

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 25:30


    Shea Serrano is beloved in the sports, movie and music worlds for his wickedly funny essays and podcasts on everything from Selena to the Houston Texans, Jay-Z to Jason from “Friday the 13th.” And yet his journalism is probably the least impressive part of the guy who's probably the nicest cholo nerd in the world.His latest book, “Hip-Hop (and Other Things),” is dropping tomorrow, Oct. 26. We talk about Shea's unlikely entry into journalism, why Mexicans are perfect, why representation matters — and why, again and again, without question, he pays for fans' utility bills and college classes.More reading:Hip-Hop (and Other Things)Q&A: Shea Serrano ponders life and more in ‘Movies (and Other Things)'Here are the songs they play at a middle school danceA story about Tim Duncan


    Disabled and pregnant? Good luck finding a doctor

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 23:04

    Disabled people get pregnant and give birth at the same rates as nondisabled ones. But their outcomes are often far worse — for reasons that can't be explained by anatomical difference or medical complexity — and modern medicine has largely turned its back on them.L.A. Times Metro reporter Sonja Sharp has experienced the discrimination firsthand, and she's reported on the issue as well.Today, she speaks with Dr. Marie Flores, a physician who uses a wheelchair and is trying to become a mother, and Dr. Deborah Krakow, the chair of UCLA's obstetrics and gynecology department, about how our society treats the intersection of pregnancy and disability. She also shares her own story and describes why she sees disabled motherhood as a radical act.More reading:Disabled mothers-to-be face indignity: ‘Do you have a man? Can you have sex?'Video: How disabled mothers are neglected by modern medicineThree lessons from disabled mothers

    We know how to fix the syphilis surge. Will we do it?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 16:31

    Twenty-one years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that national adult cases of syphilis had reached their lowest levels ever, and entirely eliminating the disease among newborns seemed to be within reach.But syphilis cases have risen dramatically over the last decade for both adults and infants — even though the disease is curable, and even though we could protect babies by getting pregnant people tested and treated in time.Today, L.A. Times public health reporter Emily Alpert Reyes discusses this disturbing trend, what it says about our society and how to get the fight against congenital syphilis back on track. We also hear from someone who had a stillbirth because of syphilis and wants everyone to learn from her story.More reading:The number of babies infected with syphilis was already surging. Then came the pandemicTwo crises in one: As drug use rises, so does syphilis1,306 U.S. infants were born with syphilis in 2018, even though it's easy to prevent

    Unclogging America's biggest ports

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 14:15

    Nearly half of imports in the United States go through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. They're the largest in the U.S., but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there's a humongous backlog of ships stuck at sea, making imported goods more expensive. The wait to unload cargo is so bad at the ports of L.A. and Long Beach that President Biden is taking action. Today, we're going to discuss the backup's repercussions with three L.A. Times reporters who cover the ports, the global market and the White House.More reading: Biden will announce expanded operations at Port of Los Angeles as supply chain crunch continuesNews Analysis: Ahead of holidays, Biden tries to untangle supply chain messPort truckers win $30 million in wage theft settlements

    LGBTQ+ comics on Dave Chappelle's Netflix special

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 24:30

    This month, comedy legend Dave Chappelle released his latest stand-up Netflix special, called "The Closer." It immediately drew criticism for jokes widely viewed as transphobic, and it has created turmoil behind the scenes at Netflix. But there's also been a backlash to the backlash, by fans who say social justice warriors just want to cancel Chappelle. One group is particularly well positioned to have insights on the controversy: LGBTQ comedians. Today, we hear from three.More reading:What LGBTQ+ comedians really think of Dave Chappelle's Netflix special Netflix's Dave Chappelle PR crisis has been years in the makingNetflix takes a hit over fallout from Dave Chappelle special

    A matter of a piñon

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 22:43

    Tall, bushy, spiny and fragrant, the pinyon pine is a beloved feature of the Mountain West — and not just for its beauty. The tiny piñon nuts in the tree's cones are so good, people in the region have eaten them every fall for countless generations. But as climate change continues to affect the United States, something terrible is happening. The piñon harvest is getting smaller and smaller.Today we go to New Mexico, where the pinyon is the state's official tree. We talk to Axios race and justice reporter Russell Contreras, who's based out of Albuquerque and has an up-close view of the piñon's slow disappearance. And a native New Mexican — Tey Marianna Nunn, director of the Smithsonian Institution's American Women's History Initiative — tells us about the nut and tree's cultural importance.More reading:Op-Ed: Pinyon and juniper woodlands define the West. Why is the BLM turning them to mulch?Locally foraged piñon nuts are cherished in New Mexico. They're also disappearingPine nut recipes: From small seeds, inspiration

    The story of an unsung Black Panther

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 27:13


    The Black Panther Party, a Black power political organization, was founded exactly 55 years ago in California's Bay Area and grew into a nationwide group that pushed for housing, food equity, education and self-protection. Several famous figures emerged from the group, including Eldridge Cleaver, Angela Davis and Huey P. Newton.But history often overlooks those who do not serve in dynamic roles or who perform tasks away from public view. These people do the thankless but crucial work that keeps organizations running. Barbara Easley-Cox was one of these people.Today, Easley-Cox recounts what she experienced as a Black Panther, from California to Algeria to North Korea and beyond.More reading:Decades before Black Lives Matter, there were the Black Panthers in OaklandOpinion: 1969 SWAT raid on Black Panthers set the tone for police race problemsBobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver tell Cal State Fullerton audience about militancy, civil rights work


    Boardrooms so white and male? That's changing

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 21:30

    California requires each publicly traded company based in the Golden State to have at least one woman on its board of directors and, soon, at least one nonwhite or LGBTQ person. That's because of a pair of laws mandating diversity at those high levels — laws that are having effects nationwide.Today, we examine the topic with L.A. Times national reporter Evan Halper. We also talk with Dr. Maria Rivas, who has served on several boards and frequently found herself the only woman or person of color there.More reading:California outlawed the all-white-male boardroom. That move is reshaping corporate AmericaColumn: California's controversial law requiring women on corporate boards is back in the crosshairsNewsom signs law mandating more diversity in California corporate boardrooms

    Deep breath. Let's talk about our air

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 26:24

    Wildfires across the American West this summer spewed out smoke full of particulates that darkened skies, created unnaturally beautiful sunsets and boosted health risks far and wide. This problem has been getting worse as the years go by. So how will we move forward?Today, we convene our monthly Masters of Disasters panel — L.A. Times air quality reporter Tony Barboza, wildfire reporter Alex Wigglesworth and earthquake and COVID-19 reporter Ron Lin — to talk about what makes wildfire smoke special, how to protect yourself and what the future might be. We also discuss reasons to be optimistic. And no, we're not apologizing for the corny jokes. You're welcome.More reading:Wildfire smoke now causes up to half the fine-particle pollution in Western U.S., study findsWildfire smoke may carry ‘mind-bending' amounts of fungi and bacteria, scientists sayAs ‘diesel death zones' spread, pollution regulators place new rules on warehouse industryHow to keep the air in your home clean when there's wildfire smoke outside

    The oil spill along California's fragile coast

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 19:42

    It's been about a week since a big oil spill hit the Southern California shoreline near Orange County. Tar sullied sensitive wetlands. Birds and fish died. Miles of beaches were closed. The L.A. Times newsroom has produced dozens of stories trying to understand what happened, and what we've found so far isn't pretty: aging offshore oil platforms and pipelines — being bought up by companies that have a history of safety violations.Today, we speak to L.A. Times investigative reporter Connor Sheets about the causes of the so-called Huntington Beach oil spill. And an environmental activist — Center for Biological Diversity oceans program director Miyoko Sakashita — describes what she found when visiting Southern California's offshore drilling platforms in 2018.More reading:Full coverage: the Huntington Beach oil spillCalifornia attorney general launches investigation into Orange County oil spillFederal regulation of oil platforms was dogged by problems long before O.C. spillHow much would it cost to shut down an offshore oil well? Who pays?

    How a Black family regains a beach the government took away

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 22:31

    Nearly a century ago, government officials pushed a Black family from their beachfront property in the Southern California city of Manhattan Beach. Now, in what could be a landmark in this nation's efforts to correct past injustices to African Americans, the land is being returned to the family's descendants.Today, we have an update to our June episode about the fight over Bruce's Beach. And we hear from the historians, family members and grass-roots organizers who championed this cause for years until it could not be ignored. We also speak with L.A. Times environmental reporter Rosanna Xia about her work, which amplified the story of Bruce's Beach to the world.More reading:Newsom signs bill to return Bruce's Beach to Black familyOp-Ed: Bruce's Beach will be returned to my family. I hope our fight will help othersEditorial: Beyond Bruce's Beach is the tarnished American dream for Black AmericansManhattan Beach was once home to Black beachgoers, but the city ran them out. Now it faces a reckoning

    On the front lines of the homicide epidemic

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 20:32

    Milwaukee is in the grips of the worst violence in its modern history. There were 189 killings there last year — the most ever recorded, almost twice as many as the year before.It's not just Milwaukee. The nonprofit Council on Criminal Justice looked at 34 U.S. cities and found that 29 had more homicides last year than in 2019. What has caused this surge? How is it affecting members of the hardest-hit communities?Today, Los Angeles Times national correspondent Kurtis Lee takes us to Milwaukee's north side to explore the neighborhood's history and present and to hear from community members: victims' families, as well as a pastor, a retiring police detective and a funeral home director. He also reflects on how it feels to be a young Black man covering the deaths of so many young Black men.More reading:On the front lines of the U.S. homicide epidemic: Milwaukee faces historic violenceA year like no other for L.A. crime: Homicides surge, robberies and rapes dropOp-Ed: Homicide rates are up. To bring them down, empower homegrown peacekeepers

    How COVID-19 nurses get through the day

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 12:55

    Nursing is a tough job in good times, and the COVID-19 pandemic made it a lot tougher. Within a few months of the start of the pandemic, U.S. healthcare workers reported high rates of anxiety, frustration, emotional and physical exhaustion and burnout.Now we're a year and a half in. We've got vaccines, but the Delta variant still poses a big threat. So how are nurses holding up?Today, nurses tell us about their experiences and how they're coping, personally and professionally.Host: L.A. Times utility journalism reporter Karen GarciaMore reading:Nurses have had a tough year (and then some). You can learn from their resilience Op-Ed: As a doctor in a COVID unit, I'm running out of compassion for the unvaccinated. Get the shotTracking the coronavirus in California

    California put homeless people in hotel rooms. Then what?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 26:18


    To Project Roomkey's architects, the program was a no-brainer. Thousands of hotel rooms were empty because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And there were thousands of people who lacked homes and seemed especially vulnerable to the coronavirus. The plan to put the people in the empty rooms and pay the hotel owners seemed to solve two problems at once.Sounds easy, right? But in practice, not so much. The program helped some people but certainly not everyone.Today we examine Project Roomkey — its promises, achievements, shortcomings and future. We talk to L.A. Times reporters Benjamin Oreskes and Doug Smith, who have covered the program from the start. We also talk to Stephanie Klasky-Gamer, the head of a nonprofit that helps people transition out of homelessness.More reading:L.A. had a golden opportunity to house homeless people in hotels — but fell short of its goalL.A. County won't expand program to shelter homeless people in hotelsFederal aid allows L.A. to extend hotel-room rentals for homeless people


    The push to decriminalize jaywalking

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 21:28

    Rules against jaywalking are rarely enforced, but in many places, when someone does get a ticket, it's more likely than not a person of color — and the penalty is steep.Jaywalking tickets disproportionately affect communities of color in California's biggest cities. Critics say that's because of systemic racism, and state lawmakers want to address the disparity. A bill currently awaiting the signature of Gov. Gavin Newsom, known as the Freedom to Walk act, would get rid of penalties for pedestrians who try to cross the street when it's safe, even against a red light.Today we talk to state Assemblymember Phil Ting, who introduced the bill. And walking advocate John Yi discusses getting from Point A to Point B with convenience and dignity.More reading:Editorial: Trying to cross the street shouldn't be a crimeO.C. deputies argued over whether to stop Kurt Reinhold before fatally shooting him2018 Op-Ed: Cars are running over people left and right. So why is LAPD targeting pedestrians and not drivers?

    Maitreyi Ramakrishnan on her 'Never Have I Ever' fame

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 42:20


    We're doing another crossover episode with our sister show, “Asian Enough.” Today, hosts Jen Yamato and Tracy Brown are joined by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, the breakout star of Netflix's hit coming-of-age comedy “Never Have I Ever.” She talks about her Tamil roots, her high school self, her bond with Mindy Kaling and what it's like getting mega-famous overnight — during a pandemic.More reading:You'll want to learn the name Maitreyi Ramakrishnan. She's Netflix's next teen star‘Never Have I Ever's' heroine can be surprisingly cruel. Here's what's behind it‘Never Have I Ever' is the L.A. immigrant tale I never thought I'd see on TV: My own


    Texas abortion law makes this Kansas clinic busier than ever

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 22:19

    Trust Women Wichita is a clinic in Kansas that has long been a lightning rod in the abortion wars. Its former director, George Tiller, was assassinated in 2009 by an antiabortion extremist, and the clinic closed for years because of that.Since it reopened in 2013, the clinic slowly became known as a place for people from across the Midwest and South who want to end their pregnancies and must travel hundreds of miles. Now, with Texas passing one of the most sweeping antiabortion laws in the country, Trust Women Wichita is busier than ever.Today, L.A. Times Houston bureau chief Molly Hennessy-Fiske takes us to this abortion clinic. She talks to women who came from far away to get an abortion, staffers who feel their work is more important than ever — and antiabortion activists who are counting on even more restrictive laws to effectively shut down Trust Women Wichita.More reading:For many Texans, it's a long drive out of state for abortionOp-Ed: What it's like operating a Texas abortion clinic nowThe new Texas abortion law is becoming a model for other states

    Hollywood's crews ready to go on strike?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 21:43

    Lighting, cameras, sound props, costumes, editing and so much more: About 60,000 workers with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees — IATSE for short — are among the most forgotten of Hollywood's magic makers. And now, citing unfair working conditions, they might go on strike. What does that mean for them? And what does it mean for people who like watching movies, TV shows and streaming services?Today we talk to L.A. Times entertainment industry reporter Anousha Sakoui, who has been following the issue. And a crew member — Marisa Shipley, who's also vice president of IATSE Local 871 — tells us about her own working conditions and why she's anxious about the future of her job and her colleagues' careers.More reading:Hollywood union calls for strike authorization vote by crew workersCelebs rally for IATSE: ‘Now is the time to speak for the people who make it possible'War of words escalates between producers group and crews union

    The ever-endangered, ever-reborn Jewish deli

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 18:09

    Bagels and lox, pastrami on rye and maybe a dollop of sour cream or applesauce on your latkes: The Jewish deli is a staple of American city life, and it's delicious. But over the last decade, icons of the genre, from New York to Los Angeles, have shut down — even as the food itself has become more popular. So why are the delis disappearing?Today we're looking at the Jewish deli. It's always been a nexus of tradition and assimilation, old country and new, with rugelach for dessert. Our guests: The Foward national editor Rob Eshman and Mort & Betty's chef and curator Megan TuckerMore reading:In search of perfect pastrami: Your guide to the Jewish delis of Los AngelesOn Greenblatt's Deli's last night, guests waited for one final tasteThe deli capital? It's L.A.

    Are NFTs worth your money?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 32:03

    Pudgy Penguins, Bored Apes and CryptoKitties — a Noah's Ark of nonfungible tokens — are the latest trend for people trying to get rich and engage with art in a new way. NFTs might be a fad, but there's a multibillion-dollar market for them.Today, L.A. Times business reporter Sam Dean gives us a crash course in what exactly NFTs are and how to think about whether they're worth your money. And NFT collectors Cooper Turley and Tim Kang tell us why they think the digital tokens could change our lives even if we don't buy them.Also: An update about last week's episode “Our nation's Haitian double standard.”More reading:$69 million for digital art? The NFT craze explainedWho can sell a Wonder Woman NFT? The guy who drew her or DC Comics?How NFTs could affect sports

    Min Jin Lee on casual racism and finding truth

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 50:30


    Today, a crossover episode with our L.A. Times cousin podcast “Asian Enough.” Hosts Tracy Brown and Jen Yamato interview novelist Min Jin Lee about leaving her legal career to write books, expressing Asian pride at a time of hate crimes, dealing with people whose stances you dislike, and working to change the world five minutes at a time.The author also blows the hosts' minds with her perspective on dealing with the pain of casual racism. “Min Jin, you're giving me, like, a lifetime of therapy here.”More reading:Welcome to ‘Asian Enough,' Season 2Violence has Asian Americans questioning how far they have really come in their American journeyHigh School Insider column: Exploring my Korean identity — A follow-up to Min Jin Lee's ‘Pachinko'Op-ed: Coronavirus reminds Asian Americans that our belonging is conditional


    She was the Rosa Parks of the 1800s

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 17:53


    Ellen Garrison Jackson Clark was the granddaughter of a freed man who fought in the Revolutionary War. She grew up educated and refined in Concord, Mass. Her mother was friends with families of some of America's greatest thinkers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. So how did she end up in an unmarked grave near Los Angeles for 129 years?Today, L.A. Times features writer Jeanette Marantos brings you the extraordinary story of how amateur historians nationwide got together to find Clark's final resting place — and finally got her a tombstone.More reading:She was the Rosa Parks of her day. So why was she in an unmarked grave for 129 years?How we got the story of Ellen Garrison Jackson Clark and her courageous, unsung lifeLA Times Today: The ‘Rosa Parks of Concord MA,' discovered in an unmarked grave in Altadena


    Our nation's Haitian double standard

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 27:37

    Note: This episode mentions thoughts of suicide. Over the last month, the population of Del Rio, Texas, has jumped by half. The reason: refugees, many of them Haitian, have arrived and set up a tent city under a freeway overpass. They're hoping for a chance to live in the United States, but the Biden administration isn't so welcoming.This isn't anything new for Haitians. For decades, the U.S. has treated them far differently than other migrants from the Western Hemisphere.Today, we go to the Del Rio camp and hear from Haitians who are staying there. And we dive into this refugee double standard that has immigration activists comparing President Biden to Donald Trump. Our guest is L.A. Times Houston bureau chief Molly Hennessy-Fiske. More reading:U.S. begins removing Haitian migrants, but they continue to flock to Texas borderConfined to U.S. border camp, Haitian migrants wade to Mexico for suppliesHaitian migrants pour out of U.S. into Mexico to avoid being sent back to Haiti

    Why Latinos hide their identities

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 31:43

    Latinos have long hidden in plain sight in U.S. society. Some do it to lessen the racism they might face from non-Latinos. But there's another type of whitewashing that's even more disturbing. It's when Latinos downplay their distinct identities among themselves or suppress the visibility of fellow Latinos.Today we talk about the phenomenon of Latino erasure, who does it, why it happens and how it persists. We'll focus on Culture Clash, the pioneering Chicano comedy troupe. This summer, two of its members “came out” as Salvadoran, not Mexican. Our guests:  L.A. Times arts columnist Carolina A. Miranda and Culture Clash members Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza. More reading:Watch “The Salvi Chronicles”For me, being Latino means living between two worldsOp-Ed: Why did so few Latinos identify themselves as white in the 2020 census?

    Biden shut a migrant camp. Then this bigger one appeared

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 19:55

    Right now, migrant camps are popping up on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. They're filled with people who escaped dire circumstances in their home countries and seek a chance at officially living in the United States. But the Biden administration is telling these people, much like in the Trump years: Better luck next time.Today, we launch the first in a two-part series on these camps. We start in Reynosa, Mexico, where about 2,000 Central Americans wait for their U.S. amnesty cases to be heard. Later this week, we'll head to Del Rio, Texas, where more than 16,000 Haitians have gathered — and are currently getting deported. L.A. Times Houston bureau chief Molly Hennessy-Fiske explains the situation. More reading:Biden vowed to close a border migrant camp, then a worse one emerged under his watchSupreme Court rules Biden may not end Trump's ‘Remain in Mexico' policyWhat's next for the ‘Remain in Mexico' immigration policy?

    Abortion rights spread in Latin America

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 16:50

    This month, Mexico's Supreme Court decriminalized abortion in the country. Argentina legalized abortion last December, becoming one of just three countries in Latin America to fully allow it.Today, we talk about the slow liberalization of abortion rights in Latin America at a time that state governments in the United States have chipped away at access. It's a dramatic flip of circumstances. L.A. Times Mexico City bureau chief Patrick McConnell and L.A. Times Latin America correspondent Kate Linthicum discuss what we can learn from the situation. More reading:Across Latin America, abortion restrictions are being loosenedMexico Supreme Court rules abortion is not a crimeArgentina legalizes abortion, a move likely to reverberate across Latin America

    What California lost in the war on terror

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 19:48


    No state has lost as much as California in the war on terror after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks; 776 men and women who called the Golden State home have died — that's 11% of the nation's total casualties from the war. Nearly 20% of those Californians who perished were old enough to die for their country but too young to buy a drink. They left behind 453 children. For the families — and the state — the loss from the war on terror is incalculable. We spoke to three families about loss, grief and the years that have passed since their loved ones were killed in April 2004.More reading:What did California lose in the war on terror? More than any other state in the U.S. With prayers and promises, a California city remembers a fallen Marine The young Marines wanted to help. They were the last Americans to die in the Afghanistan war


    Let's settle the "Latinx" debate once and for all

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 24:44

    We're delving into the term “Latinx.” Whom does it refer to? Who uses it? And why do people on both the left and the right, Latino and not, get so worked up about it?Fidel Martinez, who writes the Latinx Files newsletter for the L.A. Times, breaks it down. We'll also hear from folks who identify as Latinx, and from L.A. Times columnist Jean Guerrero. She used “Latinx” in a tweet recently and has been weathering a backlash ever since.More reading:Sign up for our Latinx Files newsletterWhy we chose the name Latinx Files for our new newsletterLatinx Files: The story behind the name, and why Latinx voters are exhausted

    California recall election winners and losers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 20:19


    The polls have closed, and even though the votes are still being counted, but the California gubernatorial recall election results seem decisive: Voters said no to recalling Gov. Gavin Newsom.If the results hold — and it sure looks like they will — Gov. Gavin Newsom will remain in office. Voters rejected the idea that his progressive policies on COVID-19, on climate change, on everything, were ruining the California dream and that someone else on the ballot could do a better job. So ... what's next for the Golden State? L.A. Times politics reporter Seema Mehta and Sacramento bureau chief John Meyers fill us in. More reading:Newsom soundly defeats California recall attempt5 takeaways from Newsom's big win in California's recall electionColumn: The recall was a colossal waste. But don't expect California's GOP to learn from it


    How to keep the lights on as the climate changes

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 20:08

    Over the past couple of years, a slew of weather disasters afflicting the United States have shown how fragile our energy system truly is, from electrical grids to solar panels, wind farms to coal. Add aging infrastructure and a clapback by Mother Nature, and zap: No power. For days.Today, we convene our monthly Masters of Disasters panel — earthquake and COVID-19 reporter Ron Lin, wildfire reporter Alex Wigglesworth and energy reporter Sammy Roth — to talk about the future of energy in a rapidly warming world.More reading:Sign up for our Boiling Point newsletterWill blackouts be Gavin Newsom's downfall? A former governor weighs inRidgecrest earthquake packed the power of 45 nuclear bombs, but its impact was muted

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