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Take Two for October 28, 2013

Published October 28, 2013 at 9:08 AM PDT
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Los Angeles Aqueduct Terminus Cascades in Sylmar.
Meghan McCarty
Los Angeles Aqueduct Terminus Cascades in Sylmar.

This week we launch our series on the Los Angeles Aqueduct. First, we hear why building the LA Aqueduct was the city's 'original sin'. Then, producer Meghan McCarty takes us on a trip to the source of LA's water. Later, we discuss whether a little inflation actually be good for the economy?; Latino political donors push GOP to move on immigration reform; The image and influence of California's organized labor; Odd Hollywood Jobs: The spookiest prop house in showbiz; On The Lot: drama, biopics and more.

For several years now, some economists have been arguing that a little inflation is just what the economy needs. Here to explain, Binyamin Applebaum, finance and economics reporter for The New York Times.
California Congressman Jeff Denham became the first House Republican to join Democrats in co-sponsoring a broad immigration overhaul bill that would provide a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants.
UCLA historian Jon Christensen explains how crucial the LA Aqueduct was in building the city's identity, but that it was also done at a great cost to the Owens River Valley and its residents.
KPCC's Meghan McCarty travels to the Eastern Sierras to trace the origin of LA's water and to explain how it makes it from a natural spring to your tap.
In many ways, organized labor is the most the powerful political force in deeply Democratic California. But the bitter Bay Area transit strike that ended last week revealed a few cracks in the armor.
Time for On The Lot, our weekly look at the business of entertainment with Nicole Sperling of the LA Times.
The horror prop house Dapper Cadaver supplies severed heads, fake blood and other less gory objects to Hollywood. Hosts of Halloween shindigs -- including the White House -- also rely on the shop for all their fright fest needs.
KPCC put the software's trumpeted interactive features under a microscope with the help of a tech-whiz kid. Will he love it — or get bored?
Since Apple sold more than 9 million new iPhones on the weekend of their release, you might think the Cupertino based company would be beloved by Wall Street.
Las Vegas is part of the Clark County School District, one of the biggest and fastest growing in the country. The district added over 3,000 new students this year, as well as a new program to boost English Language Learners.
Looking for something particularly horrifying to get in the Halloween spirit this year? You might wanna check out a film series hosted by the Cinefamily theater on Fairfax.
While dates aren't native to the Coachella Valley, they've given this region an identity, and have also become a top moneymaking crop. For the California Report, Lisa Morehouse has more.
"Nubs, the True Story of a Mutt a Marine and a Miracle" is a children's book that shares the journey of a dog who finds himself in the company of compassionate Marine. The New York Times best seller is the winner of multiple awards, including most recently, the California Young Reader Medal.
Writer Terry McMillan made a name for herself in 1992 with the novel 'Waiting to Exhale,' which spent months on the New York Times Best seller list.
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