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Remembering Gore Vidal, writer and playwright 1925 – 2012

Posted July 31, 2012 by | 6 Comments | ]
Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal author and playwright died Tuesday at his Hollywood Hills home from complications due to pneumonia. Bookworm host Michael Silverblatt writes:
When I learned of the death of Gore Vidal last night, the painful memories that flooded me were immediate, but there was also the memory of affection and humor. I saw myself twenty years ago, a frantic and terrified young interviewer pacing awkwardly in …

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Big stem cell grants and Apple vs. Samsung

Posted July 31, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

California’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine is a unique state agency—with guaranteed funding of 3 billion dollars from bonds. It was created by the voters in 2004, when the Bush Administration opposed using embryonic stem cells for medical research. The promise was to develop treatments for incurable diseases but—whatever the voters thought 8 years ago—that takes a long time. Last week, the Institute passed out …

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Sheriff Baca admits Mistakes, but what’s next?

Posted July 30, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

LA Sheriff Lee Baca and his top Deputy Paul Tanaka answered tough questions last week about the abuse of inmates by deputies in the county jails.  They testified before a commission appointed by the Board of Supervisors after it was revealed that a federal investigation was under way.  Baca said he was not told about widespread abuse, but admitted he was to blame.

Arts & Culture, Interviews, London Olympics 2012, News, Summer »

Can NBC handle Olympics criticism?

Posted July 30, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

Guy Adams is Los Angeles bureau chief for the British newspaper The Independent.  He’s been very vocal these last few days about his disapproval of NBC’s coverage of the Olympics. He’s far from the only one.
But now his Twitter account has been suspended, after he tweeted the work email of an NBC executive and NBC filed a complaint.
For more on this, KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis …

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Riding Metro at 2 AM

Posted July 30, 2012 by | 7 Comments | ]

Metro trains debuted extended hours over the weekend, with subways running every 20 minutes between midnight and 2 a.m. on the Blue, Gold, Red, Purple, Green and Expo lines.
On Saturday night, and into the wee hours of Sunday morning, I talked to some of the Red Line riders taking advantage of the new schedule to go to and from Hollywood. Hear some their voices …

London Olympics 2012, News, Politics »

Politics Friday: Olympics edition

Posted July 27, 2012 by and | 0 Comments | ]

What’s your favorite Olympic sport? Maybe dressage? Here’s what the candidates have been up to this week.

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Bikinis, boxing skirts and female Olympians

Posted July 27, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

Washington Post sportswriter Liz Clarke spoke to Warren on “Reporter’s Notebook” today about the flap over female athletes’ attire at the London Olympics. From a failed effort to force women boxers into skirts to newly relaxed rules giving beach volleyball players the option of NOT wearing bikinis, women’s wardrobes have been a big focus going into the 2012 games.  Clarke also discussed the history …

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Where to watch the London Olympics in Los Angeles

Posted July 27, 2012 by | 21 Comments | ]

I’m a certified Olympics junkie. I’ve worked the last seven Olympics for NBC Sports and this is my first time participating as a couch-surfing spectator.  I’ve got everything I need for the next 17 days: apps to stream video on my iPad, mobile phone results notifications, websites bookmarked, TV schedule printed. But sometimes, it’s fun to watch with a crowd. So here’s a list …

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New late night service for Metro trains

Posted July 27, 2012 by | 7 Comments | ]
Metro Red Line train entering Union Station.

Good news for night owls seeking after-midnight public transportation.
This weekend Metro starts late night service on its light rail and subway systems. Depending on the line, the last trains will depart their stations between 1:30 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The move is supposed to give more transportation options to people in the wee hours. Previously, the rail lines stopped operating …

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Designing and branding the Olympics

Posted July 27, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

The Olympic opening ceremonies, directed by filmmaker Danny Boyle, are tonight. They will include a much-anticipated parade of farm animals.
In the lead-up to the Games, there has been a lot of grumbling (most recently from would-be president Mitt Romney, demonstrating his diplomatic skills by referring to the pre-games challenges as “disconcerting” on his first day in England).There has also been grumbling from design critics, who …

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Spiriting away the hootch at Grand Performances

Posted July 27, 2012 by | 3 Comments | ]
The vodka blimp floats by a now-dry Grand Performances

What’s the difference between a guy sitting on a street corner drinking a beer, and ladies serenely sipping blush while listening to summer music at an outdoor venue?
Well, as it turns out, nothing.  Which is why, for the first time in its 26 year history, the audience at free series-sandwiched-among-office towers, Grand Performances, has been warned: Put away the hootch, or you’ll get busted.
To …

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Fame, celebrity, photography amid the Rock

Posted July 27, 2012 by | 6 Comments | ]

If you’re heading over to LACMA to witness “the rock,” why not duck inside the museum for a different sort of levitating mass?  The Sun and Other Stars explores the meaning of celebrity, or, as our Hunter Drohojowska-Philp tells us this week on Art Talk, at least of notoriety.
Katy Grannan’s been taking pictures of people on the streets of LA and San Francisco since …

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Gov. Brown’s massive water project

Posted July 27, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
Warren Olney

In 1982, then-Governor Jerry Brown proposed a canal to divert Northern California water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and bring it to Southern California—irrigating the nation’s bread-basket along the way.  Voters turned it down, but Brown’s back again, backed by the Obama Administration with a new plan worth 24 billion dollars.  Even some Democrats think it’s a bad idea, and there’s no guarantee it …

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Anaheim protests reveal underlying tensions

Posted July 26, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

Tensions are still high in Anaheim following nearly a week of protests. Hundreds of people have attended rallies against alleged police brutality after officers shot and killed two suspected criminals over the weekend.
Tuesday night’s rally turned violent, with about two dozen people arrested for throwing rocks and bottles, and lighting fires. Nicole Santa Cruz covers Orange County for The Los Angeles Times, and spoke …

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Summer Olympics brings USC vs UCLA rivalry into focus

Posted July 25, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
U.S. Olympic water polo player Courtney Mathewson, from UCLA.

The Olympic Games are upon us, and a slew of athletes from Southern California will be competing in London. A lot of them have some sort of connection with our two biggest universities.
KCRW’s Matt Holzman speaks to athletic directors at USC and UCLA, and two water polo athletes from those schools, now playing together on the US team.

The University of California at Los Angeles …

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LA graffiti artists on display in London

Posted July 25, 2012 by | 5 Comments | ]
Risk @ Corey Helford Gallery Opening London
Photo © ArtLyst 2012

It’s not just athletes that are congregating in London. An exhibit of Los Angeles graffiti artists is on display this month.
The exhibition is called “Letters from America.” It features a number of LA’s most well known street artists, many of whom were featured in MOCA’s Art in the Streets show. Shepard Fairey created the UK’s largest mural, a 60 by 80 foot vintage-looking billboard …

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Will Grand Park remake Grand Avenue?

Posted July 25, 2012 by | 16 Comments | ]
city ahll

Back in 2005 the development company, Related Companies, negotiated a deal to build a commercial development on parcels east of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. As part of the deal, they agreed to pay $50 million for a public gathering space to be built on the site of a little used park on a hilly site connecting City Hall to Grand Avenue.
The commercial development has been …

economy, Environment, Recent Shows, Warren Olney »

Fallout from state parks’ hidden funds

Posted July 25, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

Remember the warning that 70 state parks would have to close because of a lack of money? Turns out the Parks Department had twice as much as it needed salted away, so-called “hidden assets” that top officials say they didn’t know about. What about all those nonprofits that worked to keep the parks open, including bake sales at elementary schools? Was it fraud or …

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Grand Park set to be unveiled

Posted July 24, 2012 by | 6 Comments | ]

Grand Park, downtown’s largest open space, is set to be unveiled on Thursday. The 12-acre park will transform four blocks of downtown’s Civic Center, next to City Hall. But not everyone thinks the park is a positive development.
The park is located in what’s otherwise an ugly block of cement office buildings. It’s bordered by the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration and the Stanley Mosk …

Arts & Culture, Interviews, Recent Shows, Warren Olney »

Aurora and Hollywood: Violence in movies

Posted July 24, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

Before Friday’s massacre in Aurora, Colorado, The Dark Knight Rises was expected to break box office records. That’s one reason there was a midnight screening there and at other theaters around the country. The final numbers for the first weekend are just coming out as we record this program, but it appears it scored the third-biggest opening of all time for a 2-D picture, …

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