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Making LA: Education

Posted August 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s no secret that Los Angeles has a massive school system. There are more than 900 schools in the L.A. Unified School District, with more than 600,000 students. Los Angeles also has more charter schools than any district in the country. Some say that’s a threat to the public school system, while others argue that charters offer a crucial alternative.
Press Play’s Madeleine Brand talked with Joshua Pechthalt, President …

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Announcing the winners of KCRW’s 2015 Radio Race

Posted August 25, 2015 by and | 1 Comment | ]
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We are excited to announce the winners of this year’s Radio Race. The quality and creativity that revealed itself in just 24-hours was inspiring! Thank you to all who participated.
This year’s top racers represent the reach and impact of great radio storytelling. We have winners from Mexico, Australia and Kansas City, MO. Congratulations!
1st Place:
Fountain City Frequency for The Time Travelers Ark

Produced by: Esther …

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Making LA: Food

Posted August 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Will we see more urban farms? South Central Community Garden, was an urban farm and community garden located at East 41st and South Alameda Streets, which was in operation between 1994 and 2006. Credit: Wikipedia

Los Angeles is a culinary wonderland. New, exciting restaurants seem to be opening faster than one can finish a meal. But not everyone is sharing in this bounty. In this installment of Making L.A., Press Play takes a closer look at what’s happening with the food scene and food policy — and what’s going to happen to the street vendors?
“We’re such a layered population …

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TOP TEN KCRW Radio Race finalists

Posted August 18, 2015 by and | 1 Comment | ]
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What a race! Teams from Mexico to Brooklyn to the UK picked up a microphone and, in only 24 hours, produced amazing radio stories. Ultimately, 118 pieces (!) were submitted as part of KCRW’s 24-Hour Radio Race. We judged them based on creativity, technical skill, and incorporation of the theme (“Time Change”).
The creativity, thought and production put into these pieces has been astounding. Listening …

News, Watts Riots: 50 Years Later »

Watts Riots: ‘a rebellion, a protest against the system’

Posted August 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Several buildings on fire at the same time, during the rioting in the Watts area. Photo courtesy: Los Angeles Public Library

Fifty years ago this week, a highway patrolman clashed with a black motorist suspected of drunk driving on a Watts street corner. The altercation sparked six days of unrest, beginning what came to be known as the Watts Riots or the “rebellion.” In the end, 34 people died, thousands were injured and $40 million in property was destroyed.
Writer Erin Aubry Kaplan grew up a …

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Remembering Watts: Listeners reflect on the 50th anniversary

Posted August 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Man sweeps broken glass in front of Chesley Jewelry store, in Watts. Photo Courtesy: Los Angeles Public Library

Fifty years ago, Watts erupted. A white traffic officer stopped a black driver named Marquette Frye, suspecting him of drunk driving. The stop led to an altercation. A crowd gathered and tensions that had been simmering for many years boiled up to the surface, sparking six days of unrest. More than 1000 people were injured, 34 were killed, many buildings were burned to the ground, and businesses …

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Making LA: Public Spaces

Posted August 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles isn’t known for its public spaces. Sure, there’s the miles of beaches, but get off the coast and we lack the parks and plazas of other dense cities. But that might be changing. A handful of new projects have been developing, from the L.A. River to Grand Park to Grand Central Market. Is Los Angles breaking out of its car-centric, backyard-loving shell and becoming …

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Stories of aging out of foster care

Posted July 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There are 28,000 children in foster care in Los Angeles County. It’s a big number and the challenges are immense. Less than 50 percent graduate from high school and very few finish college.
Within 2 to 4 years of leaving the system, 25 percent of young people become homeless, many are unemployed and 20 percent end up in prison. Those are tough statistics.
In an effort to …

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What are your reflections on the Watts Riots, 50 years later?

Posted July 28, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Police search for weapons in the 1900 block on East 103rd Street in Watts. Photo credit:  Cliff Wesselmann, courtesy the Los Angeles Public Library

We want to hear from you for an upcoming series on KCRW’s Press Play.

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Map: Are your neighbors trendsetters or the Social Security set?

Posted July 24, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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ESRI, a group that analyzes demographic data, released a fascinating map last year that’s starting to make the social media rounds again. The map takes a super close look at “tapestries” around the country. Tapestries take into account age, income, professions and leisure activities and demographics.
Here’s how they put it:

Tapestry segmentation provides an accurate, detailed description of America’s neighborhoods—U.S. residential areas are divided into 67 …

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StoryCorps on being black at a traffic stop

Posted July 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This story about how an African American teenager was pulled over, beaten by cops, and threatened by cops is a harrowing three minutes. Alex Landau is black and was adopted by white parents. The event recounted here rattled the family and changed their understanding of how he’d be perceived out in the world.
StoryCorps has been partnering with documentary series POV to bring some of …

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Making LA: Policing

Posted July 16, 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 LAPD has gotten a lot of praise for reducing crime and improving relations with minority communities. But violent crime is actually up this year (homicides are down).
The national conversation about police shootings has also touched Los Angeles. So far this year, Los Angeles police have shot 21 people. That’s nearly one a week.
Press Play takes a closer look at today’s LAPD with Executive Director …

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How do you make an Emmy nominated show? (And full list of Emmy noms)

Posted July 16, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
Game of Thrones leads the Emmy nominations.

Emmy nominations have been announced (see below) with Game of Thrones leading the pack with 24 nominations. KCRW has gone behind the scenes with a number of the nominees to find out what it takes to make their nomination-worthy work.
Better Call Saul was nominated for four Emmys, including outstanding drama series. On an episode of KCRW’s The Spin-off, you can hear fromBob Odenkirk and Jonathan …

News, Water and the Drought »

Which local beaches are turning off their showers?

Posted July 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Beach goers rinse off. (Photo: Jenny Hamel)

Starting Wednesday showers at many California State beaches and parks will be shut off to save water during the drought. Santa Monica and LA County beaches are not yet turning off the faucets.
“There are other opportunities to rinse the sand off,” says Brain Ketterer, Southern operations chief for the State Department of Parks and Recreation. You can bring a big bottle of water or use a …

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Be cool, save water

Posted July 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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You’ve probably talked about it with your friends and loved ones. Have you shortened your showers and let your lawn go brown? As the drought drags on, state and city agencies are doing all they can to raise awareness and get more people to conserve water. They’ve designed campaigns that range from cute to sexy to try to make YOU to change your water wasting behavior. Is it working?
Two …

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Are you trying to buy a house in (or near) LA?

Posted July 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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For an upcoming Which Way, LA? we want to hear from you!

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Making LA: Hollywood

Posted July 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Hollywood has changed. Tax incentives around the country have lured big budget films away from the Golden State, taking workers away from home. Workers have followed, chasing the runaway production trend to hold on to their trades. How has this affected the culture and the business of Hollywood?
Madeleine Brand talked to host of KCRW’s The Business, Kim Masters, and Senior VP and Co-Head of Physical Production at …

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Supreme Court makes same sex marriage legal nationwide

Posted June 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court declared same sex marriage a constitutional right. Writing in his majority opinion, Justice Kennedy said:
No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, …

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Big win for Obamacare

Posted June 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, allowing middle to low-income people to continue to receive federal subsidies even if their home state doesn’t have its own health care exchange.
Had the Supreme Court ruled the other way, up to 6 million people could have lost their coverage.
Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, President Obama said, “After nearly a …

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Making LA: Traffic

Posted June 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the nation, but the solution may be more complicated than building more rail lines. In fact, we might have to wait for driverless cars.
Everyone has been stuck in brutal freeway traffic and Angelenos know the familiar feeling of not crossing the city for fear of never getting there. And it’s getting worse. Traffic dipped during the recession, but …

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