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Effective governance is essential to the quality of life of all Americans. The Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise is dedicated to understanding and improving the nature of democratic governance, policymaking, and management of the public enterprise in the 21st century.

    Drown

    Drown

    Junot Díaz made his debut with Drown, ten interconnected short stories in 1997, our book club pic for November 2016. These coming-of-age stories grant the reader a brief glimpse into the lives of immigrants, their lives in poverty in the Dominican Republic through migration to life on the edges in New Jersey. "Diaz evokes a world in which fathers are gone, mothers fight with grim determination for their families and themselves, and the next generation inherits the casual cruelty, devastating ambivalence, and knowing humor of lives circumscribed by poverty and uncertainty." (Goodreads) Throughout the stories the resilience of the characters, the humanness in squalor points to universal truths, unique beauty, and casual violence in our own lives and the lives of those around us.

    Featuring Caroline Bhalla, Raphael Bostic,Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, and Richard Green

    • 1 hr 10 min
    LA Freewaves’ Anne Bray on Media as an Exchange of Consciousness

    LA Freewaves’ Anne Bray on Media as an Exchange of Consciousness

    Welcome to episode 5 of Los Angeles Hashtags Itself. Our guest on this episode is media artist Anne Bray. Bray is executive director of Freewaves, the LA-based nonprofit arts organization that advocates for and exhibits new, uncensored, independent media. She tells us about her thirty-plus years using media art to initiate difficult and essential dialogue around pressing social issues. Civic engagement – connection - is essential to strong governance. Art & technology can confront, educate, and connect us. Is art essential to good governance? With impactful engagement in communities around policy issues, art can bring us to a more socially just world.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles

    Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles

    This episode features a discussion of David Ulin’s Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles. A transplant to Los Angeles from New York, Ulin’s long essay/memoir is a meditation on moving through and defining his relationship with the sprawling diversity that is the City of Angels. The book begins with an essay on how walking can be a way to discover the city (any city or town) through serendipity. Ulin describes the discovery of an interesting church by turning a different way on a usual route. Through this personal journey of exploration, Ulin “comes to terms” with Los Angeles.
    While marketed as a book about walking in the city where no one walks, our readers found this book to be an exploration of how one makes memories, how one interprets those memories through time, and how Ulin makes peace with his adopted home.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Can We Code Serendipity into our Daily Lives? A Talk with Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley

    Can We Code Serendipity into our Daily Lives? A Talk with Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley

    Today’s LA#itself features a conversation with Dennis Crowley, the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Foursquare. Foursquare is so much more than the check-in social media app we know from the late naughts. Today Foursquare comprises a host of consumer and enterprise products, all of which emerged from a single idea over ten years ago. “How can I get my friends together more easily in New York?” A Jane Jacobs fan, Crowley tells us about how he sees tech companies working to make our city lives both easier and more fun, and how the best tech innovations arise when people build solutions, not apps.

    • 1 hr 9 min
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    A Conversation with Pilar Marrero: Toxic Immigration Rhetoric and America's Future

    A Conversation with Pilar Marrero: Toxic Immigration Rhetoric and America's Future

    Join Sherry Bebitch Jeffe in conversation with Pilar Marrero, one of the U.S. media's foremost experts on immigration politics.

    Pilar Marrero is a journalist and author with long experience in covering social and political issues of the Latino community in the United States. She is one of the foremost experts on immigration politics in the US media world and has covered the issue extensively over her years as a reporter.

    In 2012, Pallgrave McMillan published her first book, Killing the American Dream, which chronicles the last 25 years of immigration policy mishaps in the United States and their consequences for the country´s economic future. The book was also published in Spanish by Penguin Books with the title “El Despertar del Sueño Americano”.

    As a reporter living in Los Angeles, the epicenter of immigration and diversity in the U.S. West coast, she has covered government at all levels, including all the Presidential Races in the United States since 1992, from a multicultural point of view. She has worked in print and broadcast, and in the last few years has become an avid social media enthusiast with a combined 20,000 followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

    She also has been a journalism professor at UCLA Extension and Cal State Northridge, teaching Reporting and Writing, Feature Writing and Introduction to Spanish Language Media.

    Pilar has also seen the political world from the inside, as Communications Director for Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, before coming back to journalism to cover the 2016 Presidential campaign for Impremedia, a company with media outlets in 15 markets across the US, including the flagship La Opinion Newspaper in Los Angeles. Other newspapers in the company include El Diario in New York, La Raza in Chicago and Rumbo in Houston, Texas.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Can LA Lead in Transportation Innovation? A Conversation with Ashley Hand

    Can LA Lead in Transportation Innovation? A Conversation with Ashley Hand

    Today’s LA#itself features a conversation Ashley Hand, the City of Los Angeles’ Transportation Technology Strategist fellow from 2016-2017 and co-founder of smart cities consulting firm CityFi, as well as the country’s first woman to serve as a municipality’s Chief Innovation Officer in Kansas City, Missouri from 2013-2015. We discuss the final report she wrote for her fellowship, Urban Mobility in a Digital Age: A Transportation Technology Strategy for Los Angeles, which proposes how we can use technology to make LA’s mobility network efficient, reliable, and truly multi-modal. If we can do it here, surely it can be done anywhere else in the United States.

    • 1 hr 23 min

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