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Santa Monica is poised to lose an institution for cinephiles with the announcement that Vidiots, the iconic independent video store, will shut its doors for good. Co-owners Cathy Tauber and Patty Polinger released a statement today saying the store will stay open until March 31, unless a sustaining benefactor steps forward within the next month.
Opened 30 years ago as a passion project, the store has amassed a collection of over 50,000 movies, …
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Parents are wondering if it’s safe to take their kids to Disneyland as a measles outbreak continues to spread, infecting at least 70 people. Most of those affected are from California, but there have been cases in Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Mexico, as visitors returned home from the theme park.
In 2000, measles was declared to be eliminated in the United States, but the CDC reported 644 cases last year; and this …
President Obama will deliver the 2015 State of the Union address at 6 p.m PT / 9 p.m. ET.
The economy is improving, Obama’s approval rating has seen an uptick (most polls put it at 46 percent, but a Washington Post-ABC poll out Monday puts it at 50 percent), and Americans are feeling more optimistic than they have been. Things could be worse, but they could be better as Obama gets ready to face the most hostile Congress he’s seen. (Even back in 2009 when he was called a liar, …
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It’s okay. Made my own! pic.twitter.com/kgyu1GRHGR
— philip lord (@philiplord) January 15, 2015
Oscar nominations have been announced (they are listed below, with links to relevant KCRW interviews) with “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Birdman” leading with nine nominations each.
Notably missing from the nominations are “The LEGO Movie,” which was major hit at the box office; and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay.
Many have noted that this Oscars will be the …
Sen. Barbara Boxer announced today that she will not run for another Senate term in 2016. However, she said she is “never going to retire,” and will leave the Senate to work on the issues that she cares about, help her PAC, and help the “Democratic candidate for president make history.”
From the Los Angeles Times:
The senator’s spirited remarks in committee rooms and on the Senate floor are …
Can we forget Jerry Brown — during his first cycle as governor — produced the best magazine cover ever? pic.twitter.com/doVB8hOgWO
— Shelby Grad (@shelbygrad) January 5, 2015
Beginning an unprecedented fourth term as Governor of California, Jerry Brown called on the past to inform the future in his inaugural address, which also served as his annual state of the state speech. “The challenge is to build for the future, not …
The president sat down with NPR’s Morning Edition Host Steve Inskeep to talk about issues affecting Americans across the country, and to reflect on what he’s accomplished and what to expect in the final two years of his presidency on issues like immigration and the economy.
Responding to the ongoing tension between police departments and black communities across the country following the death of Eric Garner in New …
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.
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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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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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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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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 …
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.