As classes resume at the University of Southern California, we are joined by professor Manuel Pastor, who teaches a course called “Los Angeles and the American Dream.” He shares how LA holds a special place in the American narrative — a land of great opportunity but also great disparity.

We then speak with Joaquin Esquivel, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, about how his upbringing in the Coachella Valley has influenced his strategy on conservation.

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Southern Californians may be short on time, but they are never short on curiosity. Every Friday, Spectrum News 1 political reporter and anchor Alex Cohen gives listeners the important local news and information SoCal needs to know in one fell swoop.

In just about 17 minutes, listeners will get informed on the issues affecting Southern California. Featuring occasional interviews with SoCal newsmakers, “SoCal in 17” is the definitive weekly podcast for those living in and around Los Angeles.​​

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