KCRW's Which Way, LA?
By Warren Olney, KCRW.com
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Award-winning moderator Warren Olney leads lively. thoughtful and provocative discussion on the issues Southern Californians care about. Which Way. L.A.? draws from newsmakers around Los Angeles, the state, North America, and from around the world to present all sides of the issues.
||DWP General Manager Apologizes for Criticizing Audit||First, an audit revealed uncontrolled spending of ratepayers' money by two mysterious "institutes" run jointly by the DWP and its major union. Now, it turns out the "institutes" will be paid millions more. So far, Mayor Garcetti's administration has fail||5/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Density, Development and the Battle for Hollywood||Two skyscrapers won't be towering over the Capitol Records building any time soon. A local judge has sided with community groups and Caltrans, ruling that a $1 billion project will have to go through another round of environmental review.||5/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tesla's Battery: Luxury Item or Energy Storage Game Changer?||Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently announced the company's latest product. Powerwall is a series of lithium ion batteries that he says can store enough kilowatts to supply a typical home's needs for up to 10 hours, allowing consumers to grab energy when prices||5/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Turning the Cameras Back on the Police||The LAPD is close to becoming the nation's largest police force with body cams on all officers, but the vast majority of videos won't be made public. So civil rights groups have launched a new smartphone app for users to simultaneously upload cell phone||4/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Echoes of History - in Washington and Los Angeles||As the first Japanese Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of Congress today, Shinzo Abe offered condolences for Americans killed in World War II?but not for wartime atrocities in Korea, China and elsewhere. He was applauded in Washington, but he'll||4/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||LA Police Commission Approves a Plan for Cop Cameras||The LAPD has taken another step toward being the nation's largest law enforcement agency to put body cameras on officers, but it didn't happen without an argument. The Police Commission says they'll provide clarity in controversial incidents and greater||4/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Can the LA River Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis?||The concrete flood-control ditch known as the LA River is being called "The Next Frontier" by an influential business group, supported by Mayor Garcetti. Along its banks, "some of the worst environmental conditions in California" could be reversed, it sa||4/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Will Minimum Wage Kill LA's Small Theater Scene?||The National Council of Actors' Equity has overruled a two-to one vote by its own union members here in Los Angeles. Most theaters with less than 100 seats will have to pay $9 an hour?even if the actors themselves want to volunteer. Will ending a long-||4/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tough Vaccine Bill Advances in Sacramento||A State Senate bill would force parents opposed to mandatory vaccinations to home-school their children. Opponents have compared its author to Hitler, threatened physical violence, and packed a hearing room for the second time in a week. We hear how amen||4/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Water Districts Struggle to Adapt to Water Restrictions||Since Governor Brown imposed a 25 % reduction in water use some cities have complained, and regulators have made adjustments. Is the entire process in jeopardy after yesterday?s court ruling on water pricing?||4/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||LACMA's Future and the Zumthor Building||LACMA's 50th anniversary gala on Saturday revealed $675 million of new art and a crowd that included Hollywood celebrities. We talk with Director Michael Govan about changes he's made and his vision of LACMA's future, including a controversial new buil||4/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is Greywater the Future of Water Conservation in Los Angeles?||When you drain your bathtub or finish washing your clothes, the water goes down the drain and out to the ocean. It might as well water your garden. Instead, you irrigate with water you could use for drinking or cooking. Continuing drought makes that a wa||4/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cable TV, Broadband and Media Monopolies||The PUC says it has the authority to block a $45 billion telecom merger in California. Why should Southland customers care which company has the cable TV monopoly? Would it weaken their signals if the PUC killed the merger here but federal regulators app||4/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lawsuit Could Stop Water Pricing Aimed at Conservation||The Metropolitan Water District, which supplies about half Southern California's water, has announced a 15% reduction AND promises "stiff surcharges" on 26 cities or local agencies that go over their limits. We talk to the MWD's General Manager about wha||4/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Traffic Court and the Poverty Trap||Ferguson, Missouri isn't the only place where traffic courts drive poor people deeper into poverty. In California, more than 4 million people have had their drivers' licenses suspended after traffic fines they couldn't afford were increased by escalati||4/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cell Towers, Radiation and Public Safety||In a major disaster in LA County, cops and firefighters in 88 cities should be able to talk to each other. But the federal government has suspended funding for a single communications system to replace 40 separate networks. It's all about claims that gia||4/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Political Warfare over the Sharing Economy||At Los Angeles City Hall, it?s the Short Term Rental Alliance against Keep Neighborhoods First ? vaguely named coalitions of homeowners for and against the vastly successful startup Airbnb. Both sides want legal protection, but out-of-date city ordinance||4/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Controversy over the Canonization of Father Junípero Serra||On his visit to Washington in September, Pope Francis will canonize Father Junípero Serra, who founded the California missions. Some Native Americans are outraged, because their ancestors were brutalized by Spanish Catholics in the enclaves Serra establ||4/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Drought and Our Love Affair with Lawns||Climate change and a shortage of water will change California in many ways ? including the way it looks. Now that Governor Brown has ordered 25% cutbacks in urban areas, one imminent casualty is the green, grassy lawn.||4/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||LA's Pro-Labor Board of Supervisors Flexes Its Muscles||LA County's Board of Supervisors has joined the LA City Council in a vote to consider raising the minimum wage. That's giving a major boost to a controversial campaign. Business organizations say companies will be driven away, but two new Board members w||4/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Angelenos React to HBO Documentary on Scientology||HBO is airing a two-hour documentary full of horror stories by former members of Scientology. Celebrity members Tom Cruise and John Travolta are depicted as partners in an abusive cult worth billions, but declared a tax-exempt religion by the IRS. Scie||4/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||LA Prepares for Pacific Coast Headache||Traffic that regularly brings the Westside to a halt is about get a lot worse for a long time. Projects to repair a sewer on PCH, replace the California Incline and bring light rail into the heart of Santa Monica all will be in full swing ? simultaneousl||3/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jessica's Law and the Civil Rights of Sex Offenders||Voters passed Jessica's Law nine years ago with the goal of protecting potential victims of repeat sex offenders. It turns out that fewer than 2% ever do it again, but the measure limits where all convicts can live for the rest of their lives. Many becom||3/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Asian-Americans and the Ballot Box in Los Angeles||Chinatown, Little Tokyo and Koreatown are just three of the Asian-American neighborhoods with long histories in Los Angeles and immigration continues. But, despite their numbers, their cultural and economic importance, Asian-Americans have been all but||3/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||California Pot Growers Come Above Ground||Marijuana may already be California?s biggest cash crop, and the likely legalization of recreational use ? as soon as next year -- will mean even more billions of dollars. Generations of local pot farmers are worried about outside competition, especially||3/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
Great Local News
Warren Olney runs this great show -- he interviews a variety of guests on topics important to LA. He covers all sorts of issues, has a wide variety of guests, keeps the conversation moving, and gets the points out.
To Hyperballad -- the podcast changed because the radio version of Which Way L.A. changed. It used to be just local, from 7:30pm to 8pm, with a variety of programs at 7. Now it runs from 7pm to 8pm, starting with an abridged To The Point.
love the show, but
can't figure out why the podcast is bundled with To The Point. warren is great but don't really want anything to do with the former so i'm stuck scrolling through to the 27 min point. someone tell me i'm missing something...
I've been listening to this show on KPCC for some time now and I'm glad to see it's now available at my convenience. Thanks to all who contributed to make this possible. I recommend this podcast for interesting stories on local culture and events.
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