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Watch: President Obama takes executive action on immigration

Posted November 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
President Barack Obama addresses the White House Forum on Health Reform, Thursday, March 5, 2009  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama will address the nation this evening to announce that he will be taking executive action on immigration reform.  There are currently more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United Staes, and analysts say the new proposal may allow five million immigrants to stay legally and obtain work permits.

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Timeline: How did we get here on immigration reform?

Posted November 20, 2014 by and | 2 Comments | ]
Immigration protest. Photo by Eric Pearse Chavez

This timeline starts with the Bracero Program, which ran from 1942 to 1964. Under the program, more than 4.5 million Mexican workers came to the United States to farm, taking hard jobs at low wages.But these weren’t the first workers to come to the U.S. Until the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 , nearly 200,0000 Chinese nationals worked the field. But immigration history starts …

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You’re listening to Serial, right?

Posted November 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Serial from This American Life

You’ve heard it, right? The podcast that’s topped iTunes, inspired it’s own Subreddit and has a world of amateur sleuths following its trail? Serial, the podcast from the producers of This American Life is a true crime story and it’s got a lot of people hooked. Press Play’s Madeleine Brand recently talked to Katy Waldman, a staff writer for Slate and one of the commentators on Serial Spoiler Special, Slate’s own …

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Interview with Bill Nye The Science Guy

Posted November 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Earlier this year, a debate took place between Bill Nye the Science Guy and creationist Ken Ham at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. The debate was watched by millions and raised questions about the merits of creationism and whether scientists can still believe in God. (Nye says God, sure, but not creationism). Since then, Nye has written a book in response to that debate called …

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President Obama responds to the election

Posted November 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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President Obama will speak at 2:50 pm ET to respond to results from Tuesday’s election, in which wins for the Republican Party means a shift in power for the Congress.
Here’s a transcript of the president responding to what he says was a “good night” for Republicans.

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California Election Results

Posted November 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Election results are in and there aren’t any big surprises here in California. As expected, Jerry Brown won the race and will serve his fourth term as governor. Neel Kashkari in his concession speech said he asked the governor to: “please be bold.”
In LA County, Sheila Kuehl beat out Bobby Shriver in the Supervisors race, replacing Zev Yaroslavsky in the third district.
More than $30 million was spent on the …

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Wrestling with paper to create ocean views

Posted October 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Response to Print of Mussel Rocks, California, 2014

This comes to us from Zocalo Public Square. 
A craggy rock emerges in sharp relief out of the ocean. Swarms of birds descend into crashing waves. A blue sky of clouds resembles a crumpled piece of paper, discarded then retrieved. These are some of the striking images in “Response,” an exhibition of photographs by Laura Plageman at the DeSoto Gallery in Venice.
Most of the photos …

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How to watch today’s partial eclipse of the sun

Posted October 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
A partial solar eclipse occurs when the moon obscures only part of the sun from Earth's view.
Image NASA: T. Ruen

Today at 2:08 p.m. the Los Angeles sky will start to darken as the moon passes in front of the sun, causing a partial solar eclipse. It will last until 4:40 p.m. (Here’s a schedule for the rest of the country).
Remember, don’t look at the sun directly, you can cause permanent damage to your eyes. Instead, make a pinhole camera or just go outside and marvel at the …

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LAUSD Supt. John Deasy resigns

Posted October 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy announced his resignation Thursday, following criticism of his plan to put iPads in schools, and a class scheduling problem that placed kids in classrooms with no educational value. Ray Cortines, the district’s former superintendent will take the job on an interim basis.
In a statement, the school board thanked Deasy for his service. “In that period of time, academic achievement rose substantially despite severe economic hardships, and the …

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Listen: LA County Supervisors Debate

Posted October 15, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl face off in a debate on Which Way, LA?

The LA Supervisors are a powerful bunch, running a $26 billion budget for a county of 10 million people, and overseeing county employees in public safety, public health and social services. Two candidates on the November ballot are hoping to win a seat at that table: Santa Monica Mayor and councilman Bobby Shriver and former State Legislator Sheila Kuehl. They’re campaigning to represent L.A.s Third District, which stretches from the San Fernando …

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Interview with Neel Kashkari

Posted October 9, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Neel Kashkari in the KCRW studio with Warren Olney.

Republican candidate for Governor Neel Kashkari says he feels good about his chances. That, despite being behind in the polls (Gov. Brown is leading 57-36 percent) and having a lot less money than the incumbent ($680 thousand to Brown’s $20 million).
Below, he speaks to Warren Olney on Which Way LA? and tells him,  “We’re focused on getting our message out, more voters think the state is headed in the wrong direction …

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Voter’s Guide to the 2014 Midterms

Posted October 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Note: We will be updating this post as with KCRW’s election coverage in the lead-up to the election.
When is the election?
Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
If you have a mail-in ballot, it must be received by election day. Ballots can be returned to county election offices or to any polling place within the voter’s county on Election Day. Here’s …

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You can watch movies from Quentin Tarantino’s personal collection

Posted October 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo courtesy Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino is having fun. He’s recently taken over the programming helm of the New Beverly Cinema, the theater he bought in 2007 to save it from indie-theater destruction. Starting this month, Tarantino is screening movies right out of his personal collection. And all the movies will be on film, good old-fashioned 35mm film. 
Tarantino joined Elvis Mitchell on The Treatment this week to talk about the project. Below is an edited transcript of …

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Coming of age: Lena Dunham interviews Judy Blume

Posted October 1, 2014 by | 6 Comments | ]
Lena Dunham and Judy Blume in New York.

Lena Dunham, best-known as the creator and star of HBO’s “Girls” has a new book out. It’s called “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” and tells the story of a young women’s self-empowering journey of self-discovery.
Dunham was inspired by Judy Blume, the well-known author whose books like “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” and “Forever” have been must-reads for girls …

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Are you ready to give up your green lawn?

Posted September 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo by Ton Rulkens/ CC/ Flickr

The drought is starting to take its toll on the Metropolitan Water District, the agency responsible for making sure that water keeps flowing from faucets throughout Southern California. Jeffrey Kightlinger, head of the agency, announced that its billions of gallons still in reserves could run out in 18 months.
Consumers need to start conserving, said Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, Stephanie Pincetl. …

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How does a cemetery stay green during a drought?

Posted September 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Mt. Sinai Memorial Park is a Jewish cemetery nestled between Griffith Park and Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Like most American cemeteries, it is lush and green. “It’s a concept that was introduced in the 1920s to have these lawn-type cemeteries in Southern California,” Len Lawrence, general manager of Mt. Sinai, told Press Play.
“Really it’s a place for the living,” Lawrence told Press Play. “It’s a place of …

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Why are California’s organic dairy farmers switching to almonds?

Posted September 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo by USDA via Flickr/CC

California has the highest concentration of organic dairies in the entire country, but the drought is starting to have an impact.
Madeleine Thomas, a fellow at Grist.org has written a two part series looking at the consequences of the drought on the Central Valley. She spent several weeks traveling between the valley and the Bay Area to examine the state of organic dairy farms, and the …

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George Takei: ‘We didn’t want a vanity project’

Posted September 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
George Takei at Midtown Comics (Photo ourtesy of Falco Ink)

If you want to make a documentary about George Takei, Star Trek’s Lieutenant Sulu, LGBT activist and meme-maker, it helps to be a Star Trek fan. When he was first approached by “To Be Takei” filmmaker Jennifer Kroot, George Takei and his husband Brad were wary. “We were very skittish at first,” Takei told Kim Masters on The Business, but the couple eventually gave her access to …

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Posted September 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Creative Commons. Via Flickr by epSos.de

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Can Deasy survive the iPad scandal?

Posted August 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via Flickr by Sean MacEntee / Creative Commons

LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy has announced that his $1 billion plan to get iPads for every student is over and that he wants to solicit new bids for the future. This comes after emails obtained by news organizations revealed a cozy relationship between the LAUSD superintendent with Apple and Pearson, which produces educational software.
Can Deasy survive the scandal? Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute, Raphael Sonenshein told Warren on …

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