Shaky Town

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With the passage of Prop 22, voters decided that companies like Uber and Lyft did not have to classify their drivers as employees. We take a look at what this means for the future of gig workers here in the state.
Polling leading up to the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election showed a strong lead for Former Vice President Joe Biden, but the results were much tighter than what those polls let on. The same thing happened in 2016 when polls predicted Dona
People who have had medical emergencies are often hit with surprise bills afterwards. We talked to a former UCLA student whose family was charged more than $25,000 for ambulance rides. Experts weigh in on how and why surprise billing has become
With the pandemic has come a rise in scams, so we reached out to someone who knows a lot about scams. We talked to former con artist Frank Abagnale, whose life story was turned into a Hollywood movie, "Catch Me If You Can" starring Leonardo DiC
This has been a challenging year for many parents and students. We talked to a parent about the difficulties associated with online learning and about the possibility of returning to class in person. We also talked to a professor about the mist
The race for the White House is heating up after the presidential candidates debated for the first time. We talked to a political expert about key moments in the debate and about issues like voter fraud. We also look at how the presidential rac
They allegedly have names like the Executioners and Banditos. But these aren't street gangs, they're allegedly cliques within the LA Sheriff's Department. Eric Leonard takes a look at an alleged culture within the department that some claim has
The pandemic has also brought with it a rise in scams, and it has hit close to home. Shaky Town Executive Producer Tim Howick tells how his mother was scammed out of $1600 and his mother-in-law was conned out of $65,000! Our NBC4 Los Angeles co
Polls show public perception of "Black Lives Matter," both the phrase and the organization, has changed since the death of George Floyd. More Americans now support BLM than have in years past. We talk to a USC Professor about the significance o
Athletes are taking a stand in the fight against police brutality and for social equity in ways that we've never seen before. We talk to a professor at USC about the historical and social significance of their actions.
NBC Los Angeles Anchor Chuck Henry tells the frightening story of his close encounter with a wildfire. We also talked to a director of the Netflix documentary "Fire in Paradise" about his experience making that film and talking to the survivors
Billboards are going up around Southern California with pictures of homicide victims and the phrase "Do you know who murdered us?" This is being done in an effort to generate new leads in these unsolved cases. We talked to 2 mothers whose sons
It's back to school time for many students, but most of them are not returning to the classroom. Instead they are receiving their instruction virtually because of the Coronavirus pandemic. We spoke with a parent and a school administrator about
Some say she is responsible for LA's homeless crisis, but she says she is just doing what's right. We chat with homeless advocate and attorney Carol Sobel about her storied career fighting for the people living on the streets of Los Angeles.
Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, Stanford University announced it's eliminating 11 athletic programs, including volleyball. We hear from some of the Southern California athletes who play volleyball for the school, about how this decision af
With a surge in Coronavirus cases, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a new order for many businesses to shut down again. Some Southern California business owners, however, say they refuse to close their doors. We spoke with one gym owner
We talk to former white supremacist Timothy Zaal about how he got involved in hate groups, the kinds of things he did while mixed in with that crowd, and how he was able to see his way out of that lifestyle.
All over the country, Americans are having conversations about race. NBC4 Los Angeles Reporter, Beverly White, recounts her experiences with racism and discusses why she believes real change is coming.
Most people consider Los Angeles to be progressive and don't think about it as a place with entrenched racism, but if you drive around, you will see that many of the LA neighborhoods are segregated. We discuss how this came to be.
Many people are now calling for reform in police departments across the country following the death of George Floyd. To get a sense of what can and should be done, we talked to former LAPD chief Bernard Parks.
Following the death of George Floyd, many are questioning just how prevalent racism is within America's police departments. Many police officers will say that there is an "us vs. them" mentality within a lot of precincts; meaning that instead o
In the wake of the death of George Floyd, there have been demonstrations all over the world. Some of them have turned violent. But how did we get here? We discuss how racial tension in America has reached a boiling point and led up to some of t
Many barbershop and salon owners in Los Angeles County are frustrated because businesses like theirs have been allowed to open in other parts of the state, but they are still being forced to remain closed. We talked to one barbershop owner who
Many people who suffer from autoimmune diseases are worried they may not be able to get the medication they need. Many of them rely on a drug called Hydroxychloroquine, and since President Trump began touting that medication as a potential way
Many owners of Southern California businesses that are still shut down are upset because they want to reopen their doors and try to provide for their families. Health and fitness clubs are among those businesses that have not been allowed to op
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