The Madeleine Brand Show for April 23, 2012

Riots Reconstruction

Florence and Normandie when the riots began

Twenty years ago, rioting first broke out at the intersection of Florence and Normandie, outside Tom's Liquor in South Central Los Angeles.
Rodney King

Where are they now? Major figures from the LA riots

KPCC's Josie Huang joins the show to discuss the current whereabouts of the major figures from the LA riots.
Los Angeles Police Department

Reinventing the LAPD after the riots

While Rodney King and Reginald Denny have become household names, another major player in the LA riots was the Los Angeles Police Department, which came under scrutiny for its practices.
Earlez Grille

Earlez Grille survived the LA Riots and thrives today

There were dozens of shops, stores and other businesses that burned in the LA Riots. Earlez Grille was one of them.  It was about to open its doors 20 years ago this week, but a fire on the first night of the riots stopped that plan. KPCC’s Brian Watt has the story of how the South LA purveyor of hot dogs, burgers, and other good grub survived – and thrived.
"Geography of Rage," edited by Jervey Tervalon

David Kipen reviews riot books

With the 20th anniversary of the L.A. riots approaching, David Kipen discusses several books exploring different aspects of the seminal event.
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