Big changes are ahead for many California workers who earn their living through gigs and freelance work. A new state law going into effect Jan 1 tightens the definition of who can be legally considered an independent contractor. If workers don't qualify under the new rules, companies will have to reclassify them as employees — or let them go.
- David Wagner, KPCC's business reporter
Military veterans are more than 60 percent more likely to separate or divorce than non-veterans. So the Department of Veterans Affairs is holding "couples retreats" to help former service members communicate with their spouses and work through tough times. Carson Frame reports from San Antonio for the American Homefront Project, a public media collaboration that reports on American military life and veterans.
As we close out 2019, we've been bringing back some of our favorite book chats of the year. Today: the book Homewreckers. Fraud, greed, capitalizing on someone else's misfortune all of that has been used to describe the big tycoons who made a killing foreclosing on mortgages after the 2008 housing market collapsed. And, yes, the phrase "home wreckers" has been thrown in there. That story is at the heart of the book of the same name.
- Aaron Glantz, journalist at the investigative news site Reveal
On the corner of Los Angeles Street and 3rd, in the heart of little Tokyo you'll find the Peruvian restaurant Yapa. It's soul is reflected in its name for "Yapa" in the indigenous language Quechua means "a little extra." We talked about the culinary philosophy at the center of the restaurant: Nikkei.
- Richie Lopez, chef
- Josh Goldman, barman and restaurant veteran
Once you've come out of your eggnog and latke stupor, explore the city while everyone else is out of town. Watch a Swedish vampire flick at the New Beverly, a triple feature fundraiser of twisted Christmas films in Santa Ana, or the Golden Globe-nominated foreign-language films. Feel like a swim instead? Take a dip in the Pacific (away. from. the. storm. drains). You can also mingle with flamingos, ice skate outdoors, and celebrate Kwanzaa through dance, music or rap and comedy. And so much more.
- Leo Duran, Take Two