by Matthew Kredell

After the events in Charlottesville, people have reason to discuss what constitutes hate speech and its impact on the public, Associate Professor Lisa Schweitzer told an audience of students, faculty and staff at a Sept. 12 Policy Forum hosted by the USC Price School of Public Policy.

“Hate speech along the lines of what was aired in Charlottesville is much more like yelling fire in a crowded theater than people thought before,” Schweitzer said. “You can’t engage in behavior that’s actively harmful, and there’s an emerging consensus that hate speech produces exactly that effect. …


by Brettany Shannon

In last week’s post for the Marissa Gluck interview, I introduced this season as having a more overtly political tone. I said we’ll still hear from a variety of perspectives, but noted the 2017 guests and their work offer real lessons in how Angelenos can and do use digital communications to preserve, resist, and heal. With today’s podcast, I’d like to add “transform.”

Thor Steingraber is the executive director of Cal State Northridge’s Valley Performing Arts Center, or “The Soraya,” thanks to Younes and Soraya Nazarian’s decision to give $17 million in support of the center’s programming…


For the second season of Policy at the Playhouse, we’re switching things up. Rather than addressing one performance of one play, we’ll be looking at the larger themes in theatre as it can pertain to our civic lives. This episode will look at how two plays being performed here on campus this Fall: Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl, and Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker.

In this episode, Aubrey Hicks, Oliver Mayer, Christopher Shaw, and John Sonego examine “how, over time, the rituals that we enact color, reflect, refract back upon who we are, at any time — politically, culturally,”…


by Matt Schauer

Last time I talked about the system that would be designed and the various benefits we would enjoy because of a mandatory voter turnout law. Now I cover some of the obstacles to overcome.

Requiring me to vote tramples my First Amendment right to free speech. How dare you!

This is probably the most common response people will have when thinking about this type of law, and given that the Constitution is our country’s human rights protective blanket, it’s important we manage this properly. …


By Emily Lieb

What’s in a neighborhood? Scholars (and realtors) agree: Where a person lives determines how much access to opportunity she has. Good schools, safe streets, high-quality housing that appreciates in value, accessible jobs and services, clean air and water — all of these things make it possible for people to do the best they can for themselves and their families. Poor schools, high crime rates, bad housing, an unhealthy environment, and relative inaccessibility do the opposite. Each one of these things is an obstacle standing between a family and its potential.

Unfortunately, opportunity costs money. Communities across the…


by Matt Schauer

Last time I explained how our voting system is broken and proffered a mandatory voting law as a resolution to this problem. Now I demonstrate this policy’s benefits and drawbacks.

You know your wacky neighbor or uncle always spouting some loony policy that no one seems to agree with, but somehow manages to be supported at election time, every time? These ideological extremists would be drowned out with a mandatory voting law.

How?

First off, let’s establish that you might live in your own bubble and rarely hear opinions different from your own, thus making your views…


by Brettany Shannon

Hello, again, LA#Itself listeners! I hope you’ve had a great year since last fall, if not politically, at least personally. I know we’ve all been through a lot in the last year. Each daily news cycle equals one normal administration’s, and our Commander in Tweet’s increasingly unstable attacks on our social and institutional norms provide us with new ways to feel personal heartache and existential dread, along with shame and confusion about where our country is headed.

So while last season we talked with people in various sectors to make the larger argument about digital communication’s lasting…


by Matt Schauer

In my last post, I introduced a significant policy change for Americans — mandatory voting. This time I tackle why significant policy change is necessary.

The typical voter’s train of thought usually runs along these lines:

If I choose to vote — or not — that’s my choice and (potentially) my loss. Sometimes I just can’t afford to wait at the polls or spend the time learning about all the candidates and propositions, with the implications each implies.

But it ends there. The costs and benefits start, and end, with me.

Or do they?

Our society is…


by Lisa K. Bates

When thinking about assessing the impact of Humboldt Gardens’ GOALS program, which is the project‘s version of HUD‘s Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS), it is useful to know the program‘s context. The concept of FSS is straightforward — parents participate in programming designed to promote employment and financial stability, working with a case manager to set goals. During the five-year program, any additional rent the participants would be paying due to increased earnings are placed in an Individual Development Account as savings, which are accessed upon graduation.[1]


by Anthony Orlando

In Imperial County, California, just outside San Diego, 5.5 percent of teenage girls become pregnant every year. That’s twice the rate in the rest of the state. This presents two mysteries: Why is teen pregnancy so rampant here when it’s been declining to record lows statewide? And why has it received so little attention? In her recent PhD dissertation, my guest solved both of these mysteries. What she found will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about women’s health care — and the politics that determine whether it’s accessible for all.

In this episode, inspirational…

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