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Ghettoside tells the kaleidoscopic story of one American murder one young black man slaying another and a driven crew of detectives whose creed is to pursue justice for forgotten victims at all costs. This fast-paced narrative of a devastating crime in South Los Angeles provides a new lens into the great subject of why murder happens in America and how the plague of killings might yet be stopped. KCRW’s Warren Olney sits down with award-winning reporter Leovy to discuss this master work of literary journalism that is equal parts gripping detective story and provocative social critique.

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Warren Olney

Warren Olney is the host and executive producer of “Which Way, LA?” and “To the Point.” WWLA is the signature daily local news program on 89.9 KCRW Santa Monica and KCRW.com. Olney reaches a national audience with To the Point, distributed by Public Radio International, and several other public radio markets nationwide. Olney and both of his programs have been honored with nearly 40 national, regional and local awards for broadcast excellence since its inception. Most recently, Olney received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for his broad achievements in television news, as well as his storied career over 20 years on public radio, both locally and nationally.


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Jill Leovy

Jill Leovy is a reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times, where she has worked for fifteen years. She’s the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including, as a member of a six-reporter team, the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. In 2007, Leovy created an innovative blog project called ” href=”http://homicide.latimes.com/”The Homicide Report” that covered every single one of the 845 murders in Los Angeles that year.


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