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Revamping An L.A. Housing Project Takes Army of 'Life Coaches'

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Los Angeles's infamous Jordan Downs public housing project in Watts is getting a makeover. For the last 18 months, the city's housing authority has dispatched life coaches to assist longtime residents with a myriad of social services from career counseling to parenting classes. These coaches are there to help make way for a new development. The plan is to try and attract hundreds of middle-class residents who will be living side-by-side with some of the city's poorest people. But some families living in Jordan Downs say for all its ills, the community is also a place where people care for and look out for each, and they fear that will be lost forever amid the restaurants, retail outlets, and condos.
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'Game Of Thrones' Evolves On Women In Explosive Sixth Season

The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, the fourth-largest poultry company in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Hawaii Law Places Gun Owners Into National Database

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Hawaii State Sen. Will Espero about gun control legislation passed in the state last week. The legislation makes Hawaii the first state to enter gun owners into an FBI database that notifies police if a resident is arrested elsewhere in the country.
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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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