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Year In Review: Housing and Homelessness, and Pathways to College, plus the Year in Music




A homeless man sleeps beside his makeshift temporary shelter on a street in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 25, 2018, as a United Nations report on poverty and inequality says 185 million Americans are living in extreme poverty.
A homeless man sleeps beside his makeshift temporary shelter on a street in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 25, 2018, as a United Nations report on poverty and inequality says 185 million Americans are living in extreme poverty.
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YEAR IN REVIEW: Housing and Homeless 

Southern California’s housing crisis went from bad to worse this year. Homelessness was up in LA County in 2020, with more than 66,000 people living on the streets or in shelters, and that count was done even before the pandemic and unemployment crisis hit. Since then, local officials have come under more pressure to provide shelter to unhoused angelenos vulnerable to the deadly virus and more and more renters have found themselves on the edge of the eviction cliff. KPCC’s Aaron Schrank joins A Martinez to talk about the year that was, and what’s next.

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COVID-19 Experience: Christian Galarreta 

When it comes to the pandemic, there is a very bright light at the end of the tunnel, but right now I know it's still hard for some to see. The last 9 months have been really hard, especially for those who've become ill with COVID-19 or had to care for someone who did. So to understand how the coronavirus has affected different people - both physically and emotionally - we reached out to Take Two listeners who've had COVID-19. Yesterday we heard from 61-year-old Tonia McMillian, a childcare worker from Bellflower, who got very sick this summer. Next up is Christian Galarreta. He's a 40-year-old insurance underwriter from Anaheim. Christian tested positive for COVID-19 on December 12. He shares his story with us.

Year in Review: College Pathways 

As we look back on 2020, the pandemic ruled all - it affected so much, but in so many different ways. For example,  the pandemic forced many students to change their college plans, and in some cases to cancel them completely. Reporter Jill Replogle covers pathways to higher education for us here at KPCC and joins A Martinez to discuss.

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COVID-19 Experience: Samantha Cavestani

This week we've been hearing from listeners who've contracted COVID 19 to get a sense of how it affects people differently - both physically and emotionally. Up next is 25-year-old Samantha Cavestani,  a personal assistant in Hollywood. She told us she was getting tested regularly for COVID-19 as a precautionary measure for her parents who are considered high risk due to their age. Then she heard back she was positive on December 5th. She shares her story.

2020 Year in Music 

2020 wasn't all bad. Some pretty good music was made. Oliver Wang and Morgan Rhodes join us to talk about the tracks that captured their hearts and ears this year, and what can take us into 2021.

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