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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 | 0 Comments | ]
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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Design solutions for climate change

Posted December 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There may be passionate debate about it in political circles as to whether it’s happening, or what’s causing it, but scientists almost completely agree: climate change is real, and will lead to rising sea levels and more extreme storms.
So how do we, as people, adapt?
Obviously, logic would tell us to try to stem the initial damage somehow.
But we, as people, also have to create things to …

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LA Galaxy’s Robbie Rogers on coming out as gay

Posted December 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
LA Galaxy's Robbie Rogers

It’s usually pretty big news when someone in the sports world comes out as gay.
More recently, we think of Michael Sam, Jason Collins, Brittney Griner, the number one draft pick last year in the WNBA, tennis stars Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova. The list goes on, but it’s not a very long one.
Playing sports and being gay has had its problems. But it’s …

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Cargoland: The billion-dollar trash trade

Posted December 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Automobile scrap (photo by Adam Minter)

Did you know one of the biggest exports through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is junk?
In economic terms, we call them recyclables. Most are going to China to be reused or refashioned into goods that country will then turn around and sell back to us.
All this week we’ve been hearing about the various activities that take place at the Ports of Los …

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How Shazam is changing the music industry

Posted November 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Here’s a question for you: Have you ever been listening to KCRW – or, yes, any radio station in your car – or stood inside a bar or music store and heard a song you wanted to identify, and then whipped out your phone and Shazam’d it?
Shazam is an app – and there are others out there as well – that listens to a …

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Needlepoint artist draws inspiration from around the globe

Posted November 19, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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A gallery in downtown Los Angeles is paying tribute to a textile artist who created her own unique form of needlepoint art. The artist being honored is 80-year-old Jan Haag.
Haag grew up in the Pacific Northwest, but lived in Los Angeles for more than two decades. She developed her needlepoint technique during a period of extensive travel for her day job.
As the founder of …

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Movie sequels you’ve always wanted to see

Posted November 13, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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While studio executives around LA hammer out the next big series, artists at the iam8bit gallery in Echo Park are envisioning some sequels that never actually made it to the silver screen.
The show is called Sequel and it plays perfectly on the imagination. Movies from “Barbarella” to Pixar’s “Up” get full treatment.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis took a tour of the show with iam8bit co-owners Jon …

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Los Angeles veterans find therapy in dancing

Posted November 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Since the beginning of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, hundreds of thousands of members of the U.S. military have sustained traumatic injuries to their brains and bodies.
They come back with the goal of getting back to a normal life, physically and mentally.
Now a look at one type of treatment that servicemen and women are receiving here in Los Angeles.
Some might say it’s unconventional. Others …

Arts & Culture, Interviews, Politics »

India looks for social progress on TV

Posted November 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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India is a country that’s growing in wealth and economic inequality. Then add to that on-going societal problems of sexual assault, child brides and women being discouraged from pursing their own careers. But could television come to the rescue?
Turn on a TV in India and you’ll see a host of new shows addressing those issues and others. I know what you’re thinking – soap …

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Rethinking the future of Auschwitz

Posted November 6, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The word “Auschwitz” has come to mean more than just the concentration camp in Poland. It’s shorthand for the horrors of the Holocaust, and proof of man’s capacity for extreme inhumanity to man.
But nearly 70 years after the Second World War ended, there’s an ongoing debate among historians, architects and archaeologists about how to properly preserve the site of the atrocities, specifically the neighboring …

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After Chivas USA disbands, new MLS franchise emerges in Los Angeles

Posted October 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Soccer balls were distributed to reporters to celebrate LA's new soccer team.

Major League Soccer officials have announced that a new franchise will begin playing in Los Angeles in 2017. The team replaces Chivas USA, which disbanded this week after a difficult 10 years.

For now, the new L.A. team is known simply as Los Angeles Football Club (the “working title,” in Hollywood parlance). The league said it wants fans to help pick the name, logo and …

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Glen Campbell opens up about his battle with Alzheimer’s

Posted October 27, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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It’s hard to label musician Glen Campbell in any particular genre. His roots, of course, are deep in country music.
But he was also one of the first artists to crossover from country to pop, landing hits on both Billboard charts.
He even toured with The Beach Boys, acted in a few movies – like ‘True Grit’ with John Wayne – and hosted a variety show, …

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The obsessive collectors of Southern California

Posted October 24, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
David Boulé, California orange enthusiast. Photo by Gary Leonard

Sometimes collecting becomes more than a hobby. A new series of short films called Monomania L.A. profiles people who’ve obsessively collected everything related to a single aspect of Los Angeles history, from the California orange to the Santa Monica beach.

Call them “monomaniacs.” People like David Boulé, who for some reason, buy one thing, and then another thing like it.
“I have the collectors gene,” Boulé …

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How Jewish émigrés impacted the birth of film noir

Posted October 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Film still for Double Indemnity (1944), © Paramount Pictures. Courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Shown from left: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck.

In the 1930s, as the National Socialist Party gained power in Germany, people around the world did what they could to help Jews escape the Nazi threat. Jewish filmmakers and producers found refuge in Hollywood, and their contributions forever changed American cinema and culture. Those stories are told in several new museum exhibits across Los Angeles.

The 1942 classic Casablanca follows a complicated love story …

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