The LA Report

LAist Studios

The L.A. Report is a breakdown of the day's top news from Southern California, featuring the award-winning reporting of LAist 89.3 FM – L.A.'s number one NPR station. Hosted by Susanne Whatley in the morning and Nick Roman in the afternoon, it's the smart way to start and end your day.

This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

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Our Editor's Take

The LA Report is a news podcast focusing on events in Southern California. The show is a production of The LAist, a radio station and website run by California Public Radio.

There are two daily editions of The LA Report. One is in the morning and the other in the late afternoon. On weekdays, episodes are just seven or eight minutes long. In that time, reporters read that day's three or four top headlines and provide some context. Listeners get the latest fire reports and Hollywood labor strike updates. They also learn about efforts to improve conditions in LA jails.

Los Angeles is a city with unique challenges. Traffic, wildfires, and earthquakes are foremost in the minds of residents. So are labor disputes and hotel workers, homelessness, and the toxic dump site near Catalina Island. It's also a major cultural center. The podcast reports on the James Beard Award. They recap the ceremony honoring Japanese American veterans.

Electoral politics also get a lot of attention on The LA Report. The podcast hosts question Mayor Karen Bass' popularity. They examine which candidates are vying for contested seats on the City Council. The hosts also consider California Governor Gavin Newsom's proposed gun ban.

Listeners can also listen to The LA Report's weekend episodes. Saturday and Sunday episodes are longer (about 30 minutes) and feature culture and lifestyle pieces. Angelenos can experience what it's like to write a K-pop song. They also can discover the history behind the word "queer." Listeners can take a tour of the storied Bob Baker Marionette Museum. Also, the thriving Cambodian community in Long Beach gets the spotlight. Other episodes discuss mental health, Pride Month, Donald Trump, and daily news stories.

The LA Report is a great resource for busy people who want to know what's happening in their community. As one of the largest cities in the US, local news in Los Angeles often becomes national news. For this reason, this podcast is relevant nationwide.

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