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What happened to ‘hidden tracks’ on albums?

Posted September 18, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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How many times has this happened to you?
You’re listening to a CD, the song fades and you think it’s over. But then – surprise!
Hidden tracks have a long tradition in recorded music, especially in the rock & roll era. And bolstered by digital recordings on compact disc.
Those hidden tracks are present on the album, but they’re not listed on the album cover.
KCRW Music Librarian …

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Rethinking the ‘death industry’ in America

Posted September 15, 2014 by | 5 Comments | ]
Caitlin Doughty, author of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Other Lessons From the Crematory"

No one likes to talk about death. Well, almost no one.
It’s creepy, right? Scary, disturbing, uncomfortable. But one mortician and writer says it doesn’t have to be those things.
Caitlin Doughty is on a crusade to get us to look mortality straight in the eye.
She’s a licensed mortician and funeral director here in Los Angeles.
She joined KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis to talk about her new book, …

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The vanishing neighbor and America’s changing community

Posted September 12, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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There’s been a lot of fighting lately. How about we get to know one another?
There was a time when people who lived around you, knew you.
But in today’s social media landscape, we don’t really much talk to anyone, let alone understand who they really are.
So what happened? Why aren’t Americans as neighborly as we used to be?
Marc J. Dunkelman is author of the new …

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The fruit flies of youth

Posted September 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
The humble Drosophila melanogaster - the fruit fly.

It sounds like a miracle, but UCLA biologists say they have identified a gene that can slow the aging process when activated.
Working with fruit flies, UCLA scientists have used a gene called AMPK to increase the insects’ life spans by about 30 percent.
One of the team leaders, Associate Professor of integrative biology David Walker, says that when the gene is activated in the intestine …

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A ‘Fashion Police’ writer remembers Joan Rivers

Posted September 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Fans and comedians alike are mourning today the death of trailblazing comic Joan Rivers, who died today at the age of 81.
Rivers spent more than five decades making us laugh – and think – with her often raucous and sometimes raunchy jokes about people, sex and, of course, fashion.
That last genre was a hallmark of Joan Rivers who made a profession out of calling …

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A boat race along the Los Angeles River

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles River often evokes the image of a concrete channel, with perhaps a trickle of water running through it.
The river was paved with concrete in the 1930s to prevent flooding.
It’s been a popular Hollywood backdrop, from John Travolta’s drag-racing scene in “Grease” to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s motorcycle chase in “Terminator 2.”
So the news that outdoor enthusiasts are holding the first-ever boat race there …

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Foster children disproportionately identify as LGBTQ

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
The Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles is home to the nation’s largest population of foster youth.
A new study out today from UCLA’s Williams Institute and the Los Angeles LGBT Center that finds gay youth are – in big numbers – over-represented in the foster care system.
Lorri L. Jean is the CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and says the study finds 1 in 5 youth in foster …

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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti on film and TV tax credits

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo of The Hollywood Sign by Eugene Wei via Flickr/CC.

Governor Jerry Brown has signaled that he will sign off on a deal that would more than triple the tax breaks for movies and TV shows filmed in California.
The bill would boost the tax credits to $330 million a year over the next five years.
While the legislation would significantly increase the incentive pool from $100 million, it’s still well shy of the $450 million …

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Film Reviews: Expendables 3, Life After Beth, The Giver

Posted August 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Our regular Friday film reviewer, Joe Morgenstern, is out this week. So joining us now is Amy Nicholson, film critic for LA Weekly.

Here are trailers for the three movies Amy reviewed:
Expendables 3:

Life After Beth:

The Giver:

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Saying goodbye to Colossus

Posted August 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Magic Mountain's Colossus. (Photo by: Isadora Kleiman)

The Colossus Coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain will make its final ride on Saturday.
The massive coaster has a 100-foot drop and goes as fast as 60 miles an hour.
But after 36 years of delighting and terrifying visitors, what once was the country’s tallest and fastest wood roller coaster is closing.
Tim Baldwin, editor of the quarterly Roller Coaster magazine, published by American Coaster Enthusiasts, …

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The enduring popularity of Charles Bukowski

Posted August 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Charles Bukowski, 1981. Photo by Mark Hanauer.

This Saturday, August 16 marks the birthday of one of Los Angeles’ most beloved and notorious writers, Charles Bukowski. Were he still with us, he’d be 94.
Bukowski has been called the Poet Laureate of Skid Row. His books, from Ham on Rye to Post Office to Hot Water Music, celebrate the drunks and the down and outs who populated the bars, cheap hotel rooms …

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Remembering Robin Williams (1951-2014)

Posted August 11, 2014 by , and | 0 Comments | ]
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Updated August, 12, 2014.
Prolific comedian and actor Robin Williams has died at age 63. He was found unresponsive in his Marin County home, in an apparent suicide.
Appearing on KCRW’s The Treatment, Williams said he was an outsider who found a craft he loved. “I like doing supporting parts the best, you’re not carrying the burden of the movie. And you can make a character and do all …

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Learning about Yiddish life before the Holocaust

Posted July 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Students participating in the Helix Project perform a Yiddish song at a home in Studio City.

If you ask American Jews, or really just most Americans, to picture what it was like to live as a Jew in Eastern Europe in the early 20th century, chances are you imagine a scene from “Fiddler on the Roof.”
The tale by Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem tells the tale of Tevye the dairyman and his daughters in the poor village of Anatevka.
But the real story …

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Photos: Remembering Pacific Ocean Park

Posted July 23, 2014 by | 10 Comments | ]
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From the late 1950s to the late ‘60s, Angelenos looking for music, dancing and rides, found the party at Pacific Ocean Park.
The beachside theme park – that jetted out into the Pacific – sat on 28 acres of land at the border of Santa Monica and Venice.
It featured rides created by Hollywood set designers, setting it apart from the standard, ordinary rides at Santa …

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The strange sounds – and history – of the theremin

Posted July 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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If there’s any instrument that gets misunderstood and under-appreciated in music, it’s the theremin.
Countless bands have employed the warbly, eerie-sounding electronic instrument, from The Pixies to the White Stripes. It was perhaps most famously used by The Beach Boys in “Good Vibrations.”
The theremin was created by a Russian physicist, Lev Sergeyevich Termen. He’s the main character in “Us Conductors”, the debut novel by Montreal-based …

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Tom Schnabel remembers jazz musician Charlie Haden

Posted July 11, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]
A photo of Charlie Haden from 2008, by Tim Dickeson.

The jazz world is mourning today the death of a great musician. Bassist Charlie Haden passed away at the age of 77, after a long illness.
Haden – a three-time Grammy winner – was born in the Midwest, but came to LA in the 1950s, enrolling at Westlake College of Modern Music.
His music and performances touched on political themes at times, a mirror of the …

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Use a smartphone? Thank Nikola Tesla

Posted July 10, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Nikola Tesla, circa 1890

Here’s a question: when was the last time you picked up your smart phone?
Chances are you have one. And you probably last glanced at it – well, maybe you’re looking at it now.
One of the people you can thank for that miracle of telephony is Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla. And today is his birthday. He would’ve been 158.
To celebrate, we asked Marc Seifer, who …

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Escape from LA in Edan Lepucki’s “California”

Posted July 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Edan Lepucki at KCRW

Edan Lepucki’s debut novel, California, follows a young couple as they leave an apocalyptic Los Angeles for the wilderness to try to make it, away from what’s left of society.
It’s a book that deals with, obviously, escape. But also survival, family, camaraderie (or not), and grace under fire.
Lepucki’s book has already gotten lots of attention with a little help from an unlikely champion, the …

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Art in space! Echo Park gallery designs satellite art

Posted July 7, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Here in Los Angeles, art is by no means confined to the walls of galleries and museums.  There are murals and billboards, parks and oceanfront boardwalks.
But one LA couple is sending their artwork to the final frontier – space.
They designed the exterior of a satellite that’s scheduled to launch from Kazakhstan at 8:58 a.m. PST on Tuesday.
Jon Gibson and Amanda White are the owners …

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Film reviews with LA Weekly’s Amy Nicholson

Posted July 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There are plenty of movies that’ve taken place on the road. It’s a familiar set for Hollywood. Think “Rain Man,” “Due Date,” and of course, “Thelma and Louise.”
There’s a new one now open in theaters in LA. “Tammy” stars comedienne Melissa McCarthy in a road trip movie with McCarthy and her cursing, hard-drinking grandmother played by Susan Sarandon.
LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson fills …

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