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Saving the animals after Katrina

Posted August 27, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Ten years ago, after Hurricane Katrina struck the shores of the Gulf Coast, when the levees broke and the waters began to rise, the world watched in horror as New Orleans drowned.
Images of evacuees filled the screen 24/7. Tens of thousands of people who were forced to flee the city they lived in and go to higher ground. For months. Permanently in many cases.
But …

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The Los Angeles homes of the future

Posted August 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The concept of the densifying Los Angeles isn’t a new one. We’ve reported before on “building up,” in the city that established itself as ground zero for sprawl.
But neighborhoods are running out of ground, which has designers and architects considering new and untried ways for the people of LA to live in the years to come.
Some of those ideas are being presented at a …

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Auto fanatics descend on Pebble Beach

Posted August 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
A 1938 Phantom Corsair at The 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

This past weekend there was a big car show along the north central coast of California: the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The show featured some 200 classic cars on display, along with racing and golf and hobnobbing with some heavy hitters.
Tod Mesirow was there. He’s a TV producer with credits including Monster Garage, Overhaulin’ and Car Lot Rescue, and is a car reviewer for About.com.
He went to the exclusive …

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Lollygaggers: a musical comedy about climate change

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There was a lawsuit filed in federal court against the Obama administration for not responding strongly enough to the threat of climate change.
The plaintiffs – all young people – say the government’s lack of action is a threat to their generation and to future generations as well.
The White House points to the EPA’s Climate Action Plan as an example of something that the government …

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A tour of LA history through restaurant menus

Posted August 13, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles has a rich culinary history, due to the waves of immigrants who settled in Southern California and brought their food traditions with them. The restaurants they opened can tell us a lot about how people use food to shape their own identities of community, culture and class. A new book and exhibit of old LA restaurant menus reveals how the city has …

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Mountain lion P-32 killed while crossing the 5 Freeway

Posted August 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Some sad news now about a young mountain lion known as P-32 – the only male known to have successfully ventured to the north out of the Santa Monica Mountains.
He was struck and killed by a car Monday morning while trying to cross the 5 Freeway in Castaic.
P-32 had successfully crossed the 101 Freeway and three other highways in the Thousand Oaks and Simi …

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Mail-order music company Columbia House goes bankrupt

Posted August 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The world of getting music is very different from how it used to be. And there’s news this week that one of the main ways you used to get music is on the outs.
One of the music clubs that would send you hit albums for extra cheap – with one caveat – has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Columbia House offered a dozen albums or more …

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Spoken word with a message

Posted August 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The act of the spoken word goes way beyond speech. It can involve rhythm and rhyme, though not necessarily. And more heart and performance than just words.
Marc Bamuthi Joseph and fellow spoken word artist Ise Lyfe are doing a show tonight – along with other performers – at the Skirball Cultural Center, as part of the Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution show called …

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President Jimmy Carter on Iran, religion, race and politics

Posted July 29, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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President Jimmy Carter spent four years in the White House, and is going on 35 years, post-presidency.
In the years since he walked away from Washington, he set up the Carter Center in Atlanta, which has overseen elections, advocated democracy, and advanced public health initiatives all around the globe.
The 39th President of the United States has written more than two dozen books over the years. …

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In San Pedro, a battle over “Sunken City”

Posted July 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Graffiti offers a splash of color on this stretch of Southern California coastline.

It might look like a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but it’s in the city of Los Angeles. The ruins of Sunken City are part of the community of San Pedro, at LA’s southernmost tip.
Even though it’s closed to the public, Sunken City is a haven for graffiti artists and young people looking to party. Some residents want to open the area to the public during daylight …

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The World Cup of whistling comes to Pasadena

Posted July 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Carole Anne Kaufman, "The Whistling Diva."

While a lot of folks whistle while they work, or whistle in Mayberry, or just whistle happily, there’s more serious whistling going on.
People will be puckering their lips and belting out tunes this Saturday, June 11 at the Masters of Musical Whistling international competition and concert at The AHIAH Center in Pasadena.
The organizer of the event and two-time world whistling champion is Carole Anne Kaufman, …

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Summer reads from Carolyn Kellogg of the LA Times

Posted July 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As the July 4th weekend begins, we asked LA Times staff writer Carolyn Kellogg to offer some recommendations of the best books to take with you to the beach.
She met up with KCRW’s Lisa Napoli at the Echo Park Boathouse to share her top three picks.
Wendell Steavenson, “Circling the Square”
Linda Rosenkrantz, “Talk”
Etgar Keret, “The Seven Good Years”

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Nicholas Winton dead at 106, saved hundreds of children during the Holocaust

Posted July 1, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Nicholas Winton holds a child in a train station in Prague in 1939. Winton helped save more than 650 childen by getting them out of Czechoslovakia before the Nazis arrived.
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British humanitarian Nicholas Winton has died. He was 106 years old.
Winton was a British stock broker in the 1930s, who organized the rescue of hundreds of mostly Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.
It happened right as Allied forces were getting ready to fight in World War II.
One of those kids was the mother of KCRW’s Kim Masters, who interviewed Winton about 7 years ago in …

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An artist and father explores the idea of sharing

Posted June 19, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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How do you teach your child to share? It’s a challenge that every parent confronts. After all, the word “mine” is one of the first words to come out of a toddler’s mouth, and children see their toys as extensions of themselves.
The artist Joel Tauber has been wrestling with this issue. He and his wife Alison have two kids: Zeke, who’s 5, and Ozzie, …

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That time San Diego hired a rainmaker – and it poured

Posted June 16, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
A 1922 photo of Charles Hatfield making his chemical formula for rain. (Courtesy of San Diego Public Library)

Rain is water, and water is life. And, boy, do we not have enough water in California these days. Rain is also political. And prayer-worthy.
Four years ago, Governor Rick Perry in the state of Texas, famously asked the lord for rain.
One hundred years ago, in dehydrated San Diego, the city council approached someone less omnipotent for the wet stuff – sewing machine salesman and self-proclaimed …

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Police violence and the case of Ezell Ford

Posted June 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Candles burn at a memorial for Ezell Ford in Los Angeles as protestors demonstrate as people gather to protest after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, N.Y. on December 05, 2014 in Los Angeles, United States. (Photo by Mintana Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) | Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Los Angeles Police Commission is being criticized by both community activists and the police union, for its ruling yesterday that one officer violated department policy, but another was justified in firing his weapon at Ezell Ford, an unarmed, mentally ill black man.
In ruling that Officer Sharlton Wampler’s use of deadly force in the death of Ford last August violated LAPD policy, the commission …

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The last-ditch effort to save the Prado Dam mural

Posted June 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Supporters are rallying to save the iconic bicentennial mural on the Prado Dam spillway in Corona, which is set to be removed Thursday.
The faded mural on the Prado Dam is a regular sight for drivers heading into Corona on the eastbound 91 freeway. It was painted by Corona High School students as part of a competition to mark the nation’s bicentennial.
The U.S. Army Corps …

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Lucy Jones live-tweets and fact-checks “San Andreas”

Posted May 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Hollywood is hoping its latest disaster flick will shake things up at the box office.
“San Andreas” stars Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson and Paul Giamatti, about a series of giant western earthquakes.
Los Angeles and other areas in the state are decimated. Buildings topple, fires are everywhere, and the destruction is massive. And the quake is so big that it triggers other quakes across the country.
We know Hollywood loves …

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Echoes of 1969 in the Santa Barbara oil spill

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Cleanup continues along the central California coast, after a broken crude oil pipeline Tuesday ruptured and spewed oil down a storm drain and into the Pacific Ocean.
Vessels have deployed three sets of floating booms to try to keep the two slicks from spreading, while other boats are skimming oil from the sea surface.
Officials say up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked out, and about 21,000 …

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Photographer Tyler Shields tackles race and media in “Historical Fiction”

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Photographer Tyler Shields doesn’t claim to be making big political statements, but his recent series Historical Fiction puts America’s Civil Rights era in bright bold color.
The photos explore dark moments in history, including the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Martin Luther King Jr., with many of them honing in on moments that confront the country’s racist past.
Shields has taken heat in the past for some provocative photos of Hollywood starlets. His …

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