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An interview with former US VP Al Gore, Venice bridge housing tensions, Music on the Porch Day

Published August 27, 2018 at 5:00 AM PDT
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We speak with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore about his efforts to train a new generation of environmental activists with his Climate Reality Project summit in downtown L.A. this week. Plus, the sounds of Music on the Porch Day.

Remembering John McCain

(Starts at 1:46)

Senator John McCain passed away Saturday afternoon. He served in Congress for 35 years And while he represented the people of Arizona, McCain was often seen in Southern California – specifically in San Diego.


  • Former U.S. Senator and Governor of California, Pete Wilson

Bills to Watch

(Starts at 10:00)

The California legislature has until August 31st to pass (or not pass) a whole bunch of bills that are up for consideration. So, which potential laws we should really be paying attention to.


  • Katie Orr, Politics and Government Reporter for KQED Public Radio

Al Gore's Climate Reality Project is training environmental activists in downtown L.A. this week

(Starts at 17:00)

The fight against climate change requires soldiers. And starting Tuesday, the next generation of environmental activists is being trained by scientists, experts and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. He founded The Climate Reality Project, an organization that's hosting a summit this week in downtown L.A.


  • Al Gore, former U.S. Vice President and founder of The Climate Reality Project

Wildfires and California tourism

(Starts at 25:00)

Wildfires have ravaged the state. The Holy Fire in Orange County, which is now 100 percent contained ... burned 23-thousand acres when it was active. And this week, state lawmakers are rushing to pass a package of bills that are designed to prevent the next big blaze. Flames and smoke don't just damage nature and people's homes, of course.They're also taking a toll on the tourism industry ... and keeping travelers away.


  • Ryan Becker, he's with Visit California, the nonprofit organization created to market California

Remembering Neil Simon

(Starts at 31:00)

The playwright Neil Simon died Sunday at the age of 91. He's best known for Broadway plays like "The Odd Couple," "Barefoot in the Park" and "Lost in Yonkers." We remember his impact on the movie business.


  • John Horn, host of "The Frame"

Venice Bridge Housing

(Starts at 39:56)

Earlier this spring, Koreatown was torn apart over the issue of homeless housing. Specifically, where the site of Mayor Garcetti’s new bridge housing would go —those temporary emergency shelters being proposed for each city council district K-Town residents felt their concerns were being ignored and that the city wasn’t being transparent about its intentions. Well, fast forward a few months and that SAME tension over the SAME idea is playing out in the community of Venice. So, to get a better sense of how things are playing out so far, we sent Take Two contributor Adriana Cargill to a recent community meeting.

Bridge housing for the homeless is being proposed for this area of Venice beach and another area on Third Street where some have set up temporary encampments.
KPCC/Adriana Cargill
Bridge housing for the homeless is being proposed for this area of Venice beach and another area on Third Street where some have set up temporary encampments.

Music on the Porch Day

(Starts at 46:38)

We listen to part of an in-home concert hosted as part of the annual Music on the Porch Day, which started in the Northeast L.A. neighborhood of Highland Park.

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