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Unemployment is Hitting LA's Black Neighborhoods Hard, Black Lives Matter-LA Co-founder Joins Us, 'Servant of Pod with Nick Quah'




Launched during the Great Depression, the unemployment insurance system has seen unprecedented strain during the coronavirus crisis.
Launched during the Great Depression, the unemployment insurance system has seen unprecedented strain during the coronavirus crisis.
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Unemployment in LA's Black Neighborhoods

Unemployment has swept Los Angeles as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving 20.3% of workers in L.A. County out of a job. But joblessness has climbed much higher in parts of L.A. with large Black populations. 

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Doctor on Coping with COVID-19

The ongoing pandemic has disrupted lives at all levels of society, including those tasked with treating patients suffering from COVID-19. Like Dr. Oren Freedman, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center with a background in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He was treating patients in the hospital's ICU back in March when he noticed that he was feeling ill. Dr. Freedman shared his story with us. 

Garbage and Recyclables amid Coronavirus 

When health authorities here in LA ordered residents to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the result was –garbage – A lot of it. Recyclables piled up, too. And they didn't all end up where you might expect them to go. Sharon McNary, KPCC's Infrastructure Correspondent, brings us the story.

Black Lives Matter-LA Co-founder Melina Abdullah 

This past Monday, the Los Angeles city council considered many of the ideas proposed by the local chapter of Black Lives Matter. In what they call "The Peoples Budget," BLM L.A. wants to put a spotlight on just how much the city spends on policing and the group surveyed Angelenos to ask them where THEY think the money should be spent instead.. At the same meeting, council members threw their support behind a motion to consider a new system of public safety... in which professionals aside from the LAPD might be called in to help. It’s called a “systematic crisis-response plan."

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On the Lot

Hollywood still on hold? No, actually hold OFF on that, because that is a changin' and a soap will lead the way...plus Disney is pushed to make a change on one their most popular theme park rides.

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Servant of Pod with Nick Quah

Seems like nowadays, you can find a podcast that's just about anything and everything...But what about...a podcast...about podcasts? 'Servant of Pod with Nick Quah' launches today. 

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Listen to "Servant of Pod" here.