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Why Italians in California Were Treated as 'Enemy Aliens' During WWII; Reality TV Workers Feeling Industry Cutbacks

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Laura Gularte (middle), at 15 years old, with her parents Quinto and Elvira Neri in front of their home in Santa Cruz, California. The family was forced to abandon the coastal home temporarily during World War 2 because Quinto was an Italian citizen. (Courtesy of Mark Gularte)

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Why Italians in California Were Treated as ‘Enemy Aliens’ During WWII

Within months of the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, as more than 100,000 Japanese Americans were being sent to incarceration camps, other ethnic groups also became the target of new wartime security measures. Italian citizens living near California’s coastline and military sites — some 10,000 of them — were forced to leave their homes and find somewhere else to live. It was just one of many government measures meant to protect the West Coast from an enemy invasion that never came. Reporter Pauline Bartolone brings us this story from the Bay Curious podcast.

Some Reality TV Workers Say They’re Reaching a Breaking Point

From blind dates to tiny homes, the number of reality tv shows has grown in recent years. But some workers say the success of the industry hasn’t translated into stability for people behind the scenes. Guest host Bianca Taylor talks to KCRW’s Megan Jamerson, who says recent cutbacks have some reality TV workers feeling  overworked and underpaid.


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