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Israel a model for California in desalination

Posted March 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
These pipes filter sea water, separating the clean water from the extra-salty brine, which is then sent back into the ocean.

California Governor Jerry Brown today approved a plan to spend $1 billion on addressing the state’s historic drought. That includes funding for flood protection, water-recycling projects and programs expanding drinking water supplies in small and poor cities.
Another option for increasing the state’s water supply is desalination – the process of turning salt water into drinking water – and it’s making a comeback. Santa Barbara …

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Photos: Rock ‘n’ roll billboards of the Sunset Strip

Posted March 26, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
"Rock 'N' Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip"

 
The Sunset Strip has long been a destination for bands who play LA. Think the Whiskey, the Roxy or the Riot Hyatt.
But the journey down the strip has also been a mecca for those bands – on billboards.
The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, and many others.
Usually the billboards come and go with little fanfare. But one photographer decided to capture …

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Why are California’s gas prices so volatile?

Posted March 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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State lawmakers today tried to fill-up on knowledge of why gas prices have been all over the place the past few months. And how refinery issues have affected recent spikes.
Prices in January were near four and five year lows. Then they jumped by a dollar in some cases in the course of just a couple of weeks.
Part of that is the recent explosion at …

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Interactive iPhone app debuts at “CicLAvia the Valley”

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
CicLAvia offers cyclists and pedestrians a chance to experience a car-free Los Angeles. Photo by Avishay Artsy

CicLAvia – the festival that lets bicyclists and pedestrians take over city streets – will be held in the San Fernando Valley on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
CicLAvia opens up parts of the city for people to experience without cars. Since 2010 it’s been held in downtown LA, South LA, Boyle Heights, along Wilshire Boulevard and other areas, but Sunday will be the first time …

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‘Sacred Faces’ finds inspiration in religious imagery

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
"Chuang Yen Monastery, Carmel, NY.  I came back a second day to photograph more of  the figures.  Anruddha Thera sits on the Bohdi pathway leading up to the temples.  His serene face charms everyone who sees him."

Whether it’s a crucified Christ’s downcast eyes, the serene smile of the Buddha, or the quixotic grin of a Hindu god, Jewish photographer Andy Romanoff has a way of capturing the ineffable beauty of religious imagery, and the striking similarities in the iconography of different faiths.
“Why have we all decided to do it this way? Almost from the first moment we know about human …

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SNL – 40 and loving it!

Posted February 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This past Sunday, Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th anniversary in a three and a half hour special. Celebrity actors like Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, Billy Crystal and Alec Baldwin made cameo appearances, musicians like Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Paul Simon, Miley Cyrus and others played songs, and veteran SNL cast members like Jimmy Fallon, Chris Rock, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, …

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Louis “B-Real” Freese of Cypress Hill on his pot shop plans

Posted February 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Santa Ana held a lottery last week, and rapper Louis “B-Real” Freese of the group Cypress Hill is one of 20 winners hoping to open dispensaries. The luck of the draw will pave the way for Freese and 19 others to open medical marijuana collectives in Santa Ana later this year.
The city received more than 630 applications, and numerous applicants were placed on a …

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Oscar Goes Outdoors: Hollywood and the Santa Monica Mountains

Posted February 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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On this Valentine’s Day weekend, if you love movies as much as your significant other, you might want to check out some Hollywood history.
“Oscar Goes Outdoors!” is an event this Sunday that’ll give local film fanatics a chance to see some classic Hollywood settings within a short drive of L.A., from “Gone with the Wind” to “American Sniper.”
The event will be at King Gillette Ranch, …

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Sultans of Satire: Finding humor in difficult times

Posted February 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Mona Shaikh performs during the Sultans of Satire stand-up comedy show. Photo by Megan Sweas.

Last month, French jihadists opened fire at the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and two other locations in the Paris area, killing 17 people.
The incident sparked a debate about the importance of free speech and satire, and how Western society should address radical Islam.
Tonight at Harmony Gold on the Sunset Strip (ticket info here), several Muslim-American, Middle Eastern and Jewish comedians will take …

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Remembering the late retail architect Jon Jerde

Posted February 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Horton Plaza in San Diego, designed by The Jerde Partnership. Photo by Sandy Huffaker, Jr.

Architect Jon Jerde, responsible for some of LA’s most iconic shopping malls and urban spaces, died today at his home in Brentwood.  He was 75. He’s best known for his work on Universal City Walk, Horton Plaza in San Diego and the design of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
KCRW’s Frances Anderton hosts the show “Design and Architecture” and edited a book about Jerde called …

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‘The Penguin Counters’ Debuts at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Posted February 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The documentary “The Penguin Counters” is being shown at the Santa Barbara international film festival. The film tells the story of adventurers who go to Antarctica to count penguins.
“Chief penguin counter” Ron Naveen stopped by our KCRW Santa Barbara studios to talk with our morning edition host Lisa Osborn. Lisa told him he should receive the award for traveling the furthest to get to …

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KANSAS drummer Phil Ehart on the band’s documentary debut

Posted February 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A documentary on the legendary classic rock group KANSAS will celebrate its world premiere tonight at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. KANSAS drummer Phil Ehart dropped by KCRW’s Santa Barbara studios to talk with Morning Edition host Lisa Osborn about the film, Miracles Out of Nowhere, and what’s next for the band.

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Edgar Allan Poe published “The Raven” 170 years ago today

Posted January 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.” So goes the beloved poem by Edgar Allan Poe.
“The Raven” was first published in the New York Evening Mirror on January 29, 1845 – 170 years ago today.
It tells the story of a talking raven’s midnight visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man’s slow descent into madness as he laments the loss of his love, Lenore.
Charles E. May is …

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A long-lost recording of Martin Luther King Jr. at UCLA

Posted January 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Communities across the country today are celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There have been rallies and parades, including here in Los Angeles.
King made such an impact in the 1950s and ’60s through his words and speeches, fighting for civil rights for Americans of all races.
We’re all familiar with his famous speech at the March on Washington in 1963.
But King gave another, lesser-known speech to …

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A new opera takes on immigration reform

Posted January 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Craig Colclough and Greta Baldwin as Paul and Roxanne Conti. Photo: Jennifer Babcock

President Obama’s recent executive action made it more likely that millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States will have a path to citizenship. But Republicans in Congress call the changes “executive overreach” and are pushing back.
Also this month, for the first time, undocumented immigrants in California will be able to get drivers’ licenses.
This weekend, the debate over immigration reform is moving to an …

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Science stories to follow in 2015

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The new year is always about looking forward and setting resolutions. A quest for renewal and new knowledge for the next 365 days.
With that in mind, there are some science and health stories that we followed only modestly in 2014, that will likely come up again in the coming year.
And KCRW’s Barbara Bogaev joined us with a round-up of some of those stories that we …

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Emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas, higher than expected in LA Basin

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A sensor atop Mount Wilson has found that methane emissions in the greater L.A. area are up to 61 percent higher than what the government says.
In a study published this week in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, researchers say the largest concentrations of methane were found at ground sites in Pasadena and across eastern portions of L.A. County.
The research, however, did not find out …

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Beverly Hills turns 100: Watching the city on the silver screen

Posted December 30, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
The cast of Beverly Hills 90210

What was once a Spanish ranch that grew lima beans, the city of Beverly Hills was incorporated in 1914.
And thanks to its proximity to Hollywood, it soon became synonymous with the glitz, glamour and scandals that swirl around Tinseltown.
Hollywood historian Marc Wanamaker joined KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis to talk about the role of Beverly Hills in the popular imagination.
They discussed the movie’s depiction from the days of …

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Converts to Judaism Struggle to Give Up the Christmas Tree

Posted December 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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For me, Christmas was always something other people did. I grew up in a Jewish home, so I watched the holiday’s rituals unfold from afar, as people on TV and in the homes of friends hung ornaments on a tree, unwrapped presents, drank eggnog and wore ugly reindeer sweaters.
As a kid in the United States, it’s literally impossible to avoid Christmas, unless you live …

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Can money buy you happiness? Up to a point, yes

Posted December 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The holidays are a festive time for a lot of people.
Maybe you enjoy the songs and the pageantry of Christmas, or the tradition of lighting your menorah candles.
But it’s also a sad time for a lot of folks who look at the holidays as a time when there’s something missing. Or something that could be better.
Sounds like life in general, right?
There’s no question, there …

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