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Watch live: President Obama’s year-end press conference

Posted December 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
President Barack Obama boards Marine One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., en route to the White House following a trip to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 15, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama is expected to deliver his year-end press conference at 10:30 am PT. He is expected to take questions on a wide range of issues affecting us all: Cuba, the Sony hack and threats from North Korea, immigration reform, ISIS, and Obamacare.
The president last faced reporters the day after the mid-term elections, after Democrats faced a series of losses.
Watch here:

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Did the terrorists win? Sony cancels release of ‘The Interview’

Posted December 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Google “the terrorists won” and you’ll get a sneak peek into the debate over whether Sony did the right thing by pulling its Christmas release of “The Interview.” The movie tells the story of a TV host (James Franco) who lands an interview with North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un only to have the CIA tell him that he has to “take him out.” Goofy (and some …

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‘Kony 2012′ backer shuts down

Posted December 17, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Photo via Flickr by tian2992/ Creative Commons

On tonight’s Which Way, LA? We talk about the end of Invisible Children, the San Diego organization behind the viral campaign to stop Joseph Kony, the warlord behind the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army.
You might remember the video:

Earlier this week, Invisible Children announced it was closing its doors due to a lack of funding and many are asking if the whole effort was futile.
From the Washington …

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‘Isolation has not worked’; US restores diplomacy with Cuba

Posted December 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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President Obama announced today that the United States will reestablish diplomatic ties with Cuba and will open a new embassy in Havana. The announcement came in tandem with Cuba’s release of Alan Gross, an American worker who was jailed for bringing communications equipment to the island.

The president said that there will be fewer travel limits, and as well as an easing on limits on banking and business. The travel embargo, …

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Bookworm: Favorite fiction of 2014

Posted December 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Last year was a good one for book lovers. KCRW’s Bookworm, Michael Silverblatt joined Madeleine Brand on Press Play to talk through some of his favorites from 2014. “I don’t consider them the best,” said Silverblatt, “I consider them my favorites. I would have to read everything to know what’s the best.”
These five books include moving tales of death, revelation, growing up, terror and what it feels like to be …

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The dawning of the age of… the drone

Posted December 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Commercial drone flyers, enthusiasts and regulators are coming to L.A. this weekend for the first ever Drone Expo. It’s open to the public and features speakers, flying demonstrations, and drones for sale. And the chance to “meet the next Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak,” says Keith Kaplan, CEO of the Tesla foundation, which runs the organization behind the event, the non-profit Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle System …

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Senate ‘Torture Report’ shows a brutal, ineffective program under CIA

Posted December 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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After five years, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a scathing report on the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques used after 9/11 during the George W. Bush administration. The report found that water-boarding was more prevalent than previously admitted, that there was sexual violence threatened against the mothers of detainees, and that detainees were force fed and abused. Additionally, it found that the CIA misled …

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Who built the burned-downed DaVinci?

Posted December 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via Twitter: Adrienne FitzPatrick

The LA Times reports that the fire that ravaged a Downtown LA apartment building overnight is being investigated as a criminal fire.
Although blazes “of this magnitude” are always treated as criminal fires, “it’s very rare for the entire building to be engulfed at once,” Capt. Jaime Moore told the Los Angeles Times.
“There may have been some foul play.”
Flames shot up into the night sky in the early …

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Cargoland: Why are the ports so important to Southern California?

Posted December 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
View of the port. Photo by Lu Olkowski

All this week on KCRW, we’re reporting on the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to explore one very large part of the greater LA economy. Cargolandlooks behind the gates of America’s busiest waterfront.
LA Observed editor Kevin Roderick joined KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis to talk about the economic impact of the ports and why they are such a big deal to our region.“The ports of Los …

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Feeling Ferguson’s rage on the streets of Los Angeles

Posted November 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Protests in solidarity with Ferguson have stretched into a third day in Los Angeles since the announcement of the “non-indictment” of Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown. On Wednesday morning, protesters shut down the 101 in both directions and police arrested several people, according to the LA Times.
On Monday night, when the news out of Wilson’s freedom was announced, protesters shut down an …

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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 | 5 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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