A history of the rise of the black middle class in LA and nationwide, and what the future may hold

KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk” interviewed Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about the evolution and future of the black middle class. While education and job opportunities are now more accessible than they have been in the past for middle-class blacks, many families have been sequestered into neighborhoods with low home values, which can lead to disparity…

USC promised millions in community benefits with the Village. Did it deliver?

USC Annenberg Media quoted Frank Zerunyan of USC Sol Price School of Public Policy on the development agreement of USC Village. While developments at the magnitude of the Village do not happen often, USC professor and former land use lawyer Frank Zerunyan said the Village development agreement would likely be a model for future projects.…

Average apartment rent dips slightly, but still trending up from 2016

The Santa Clarita Valley Signal noted Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center was appointed to a Santa Clarita task force to examine rent control. Starcyzk said the five supervisors have each named two appointees for a task force to study rent control. A spokesperson for Supervisor Kathryn Barger said her appointees to the Tenant…

Will 2018 Be a Year of Rent-Control Revolt in L.A.?

LA Weekly cited research by Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center on rising rents expected in Los Angeles County over the next two years. The Los Angeles Metro area has the second-highest rate of “cost-burdened” renters in the country, according to a recent report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. Being cost-burdened means…

City of Inmates

Historian Kelly Lytle Hernández brings us the absorbing history of how authorities in Los Angeles have used imprisonment as a tool to control both labor and migration. Our podcast features host Jeffery Jenkins with guests Robynn Cox, David Sloane, and Danielle Williams.

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Lorca in the Desert

In this episode, Marlene Forte, Aubrey Hicks, Oliver Mayer, and John Sonego take a look at one of the more influential Spanish playwrights of the early 20th century: Federico García Lorca. We discuss theatre and politics, the staying power of Lorca’s work, and a new adaptation of Yerma coming to LA theatre near you. Listen to a conversation about Latinas and the strength of female characters, sexuality, the politics of theatre, and why you should put your phone down and go see Yerma in the Desert today.

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Nathan Masters on LOST LA and mining LA’s digital archives

This conversation with Nathan Masters, like LA’s history, is wholly engrossing and because of its topic, touches on all of our themes this season, preservation, resistance, healing, and transformation. Because why study history at all if we are not to concern ourselves with the larger cultural-philosophical questions?

For more information and to find links to some of the things we talk about check out the showpage.

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LA, OC Rent Increases To Continue Into 2019

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV featured research by Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center that predicts rents across Los Angeles will rise by $136 per month by 2019. Demand for housing continues to increase with job and population growth, but Los Angeles housing development has failed to keep pace with this trend. The…