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Debate Recap, Stonewall's Anniversary, Koreatown Homeless

Published June 28, 2019 at 1:49 PM PDT
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Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke have all made the cut to appear in the first Democratic primary debate.

State of Affairs

Where to begin???? Okay well, in case you have been buried in summer camp kid madness all week, here's a quick refresher. Twenty Democratic presidential candidates on a Miami stage, 10 on Wednesday, 10 Thursday all looking for ways to stand out - and many who faced unique challenges to do so. Plus, the Supreme Court had a pretty busy week.


  • Jack Pitney, the Roy P Crocker professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College
  • Carla Marinucci, senior writer for Politico's California Playbook

Stonewall Anniversary

The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations in New York by members of the LGBT community against a police raid that began June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. It is considered the beginning of the gay rights movement in the U.S. but there were also smaller movements in the 60s in other cities, like Los Angeles.


  • Marcus Anthony Hunter, professor of Sociology and -American studies at UCLA.
  • Michaela Mendelsohn, trans activist and founder of TransCanWork, a statewide program that helps trans people get jobs. 
  • Loni Shibuyama, the lead archivist with One Archives at the USC libraries —  one of the largest collections of LGBTQ materials in the world

Koreatown Homeless (PART 3 OF 4) 

Earlier,  we were talking about what happened after Korean American protesters shut down a plan last summer to build a shelter in Koreatown. Some worried those protests made the community look heartless. KPCC’s Josie Huang met one Koreatown resident who tried to do something about it. 

Koreatown Homeless (PART 4 OF 4)

We’ve been talking about homelessness in Koreatown - its up 79 percent, according to the latest count. And today we look at the role of Korean churches —a big force in a diaspora that’s about two-thirds Christian. Churchgoers were among those protesting a shelter in K-Town, even though many do homeless outreach. One pastor tells KPCC’s Josie Huang there are reasons for the disconnect.

LGBT Salon

A salon by and for LGBT people, first based in a trailer, has grown so much that it's opened a brick-and-mortar store and become a community space. Leo Duran profiles the Chinatown space to learn how it's aimed at giving homeless youths lifeskills.

Cuban Music L.A.

The third annual Cuban American Music Festival is going off this Sunday in Los Angeles. A few thousand people are expected to converge on La Plaza de Cultures y Artes downtown where it's set to take place. There'll be music, dancing, food and of course a cigar-rolling session. So with that, we want to bring back a feature we ran earlier this year about the rise of Cuban music in our region. Over the past decade, Los Angeles has seen a steady arrival of musicians who've integrated into the Salsa and Cuban music scene. And as Take Two contributor Betto Arcos reports, their presence has enriched the music community and helped turned LA into a powerhouse of Latin music.

Weekend Preview

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, look no further, Take Two's Leo Duran runs down some of the most fun events happening in the LA area with A Martinez.

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