KCRW's Which Way, LA?
By Warren Olney, KCRW
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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.
||Jay Z and Private Profit in the 'People's Park'||Rapper Jay Z will bring his Budweiser Made in America festival to the 12-acre Grand Park in downtown LA. He calls it "inclusionary," but not everyone agrees.||4/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||City Corruption: A Way of Life in Part of Los Angeles County||The tiny city of Bell got national headlines for paying Manager Robert Rizzo $1.5 million a year. Today, he got a 12-year prison sentence. But Bell?s not alone.||4/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Can LA's Child Protection System Be Fixed?||Would a "child welfare czar" make a difference in LA? And what does Tribune's dividend payout mean for the LA Times?||4/15/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Does a Back to Basics Budget Leave Room for Big Ideas?||LA Mayor Eric Garcetti hasn?t vanished since last year?s election but, compared to Villaraigosa, Hahn and Riordan, he's been out of the media spotlight.||4/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Food Truck Safety: Public Health Problem or False Alarm?||LA County officials concede they have never inspected some 40% of the 3200 vehicles that are part of the food-truck frenzy. Is that anything to worry about?||4/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Commission Recommendations on LA City Finances||Today, the 2020 Commission made proposals for improving Los Angeles by raising the minimum wage, more oversight for the DWP, and merging the ports of LA and Long Beach.||4/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Are LA's Poorest Left Out of the President's 'Promise Zone?'||LA will be one of President Obama's Promise Zones, which make up his key anti-poverty program. Why aren't Watts or other neighborhoods South of the 10 Freeway included?||4/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Only Female Fire Recruit in LAFD Resigns||After $20 million in payouts for race and gender discrimination, the LA Mayor says it's time to recruit a class that represents the demography of the city.||4/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Have the Dodgers Ignored Fan Safety, Local Community?||The Dodgers will face the San Francisco Giants tomorrow on opening day in Chavez Ravine. Expectations could not be higher, but potential problems?||4/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Compton Tries Moving on from 'Straight Outta' Reputation||Rap artists Dr. Dre and Ice Cube are making a film depicting the Compton of 25 years ago ? as the current, 31-year-old Mayor tries to shake off that image.||4/2/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bad Teachers, Minority Students and the Constitution||Does California law make it too easy for bad teachers to get tenure and too difficult to fire them? Does the law deprive minority kids of their right to a good education?||4/1/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Pair of Quakes Signal End to Seismic Calm||Seismologists say the Puente Hills thrust, the site of Friday's 5.1 earthquake in La Habra in Orange County, is "a very dangerous fault." We hear what that could mean.||3/31/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||LA Real Estate: Too Expensive to Buy, Too Expensive to Rent||As Southern California recovers from the Great Recession, the Middle Class is being priced out of the housing market. Are urban centers becoming enclaves of the wealthy?||3/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||With Latino Plurality in CA, Is Parity in Local Politics Next?||Latinos have surpassed whites as the state?s largest ethnic minority, but political power may be a long time coming. We hear about legal cases to equal the playing field.||3/26/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||WWLA Special: Third District Board of Supervisors Debate||8pm: Warren Olney moderates the first major debate between Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver, John Duran and Pamela Conley Ulich, vying to replace Zev Yaroslavsky.||3/25/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Latinos Now the Largest Ethnic Group in California||This month Latinos are becoming the largest of California's ethnic components ? with 39% of the population. We hear about culture, economics and politics.||3/25/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Why Are Health Insurance Rates on the Increase?||Under Obamacare, everyone must have health insurance or pay a penalty. We hear about a squeeze on the upper middle class, and a ballot measure to regulate insurance rates.||3/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is It Time to Restore Affirmative Action for California Higher Ed?||A proposed State Senate amendment to restore affirmative action was tabled in the Assembly when Asian Senators, pressured by constituents, said they'd made a mistake.||3/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Governor Perry in CA to Court Businesses, Generate Buzz||Occidental Petroleum was just the beginning. Sixty other California firms have expanded or re-located to Texas. That's part of Governor Perry's pitch in a visit complete with an ad campaign to lure companies away from the Golden State. Will attacking Cal||3/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Santa Monicans versus Development||After years of massive commercial development in the 80's ad 90's, Santa Monica experienced a lull. But it's booming again, and one new project ? barely approved by the City Council ? has angry opponents saying there's not enough housing. But there's so||3/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Should Shamu Shows Be Banned at SeaWorld in San Diego?||After watching the heart-wrenching film "Blackfish," a state assemblyman wants to ban keeping of killer whales in captivity for human entertainment.||3/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Change of Pace for LA County Elections||The LA County Sheriff and Assessor can put your hands on you or put their hands in your pockets. Should the one who determines your tax bill be elected at all?||3/12/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||State Regulation of Medical Pot a Precursor for Legalization?||An unlikely combination of interest groups, including California's police chiefs, may support new state regulations on medical marijuana.||3/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||California Meat Recall Goes Nationwide||Nine million pounds of beef from a California slaughterhouse have been recalled as "unsound, unwholesome or otherwise? unfit" for consumers. But nobody's gotten sick, and...||3/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is California's Democratic Party Keeping Up with Voters?||California's Democratic Party is led by an old guard. There is not a rift over issues, but young Democrats are wondering, "When are these people going to leave?"||3/6/14||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.