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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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Share your dog story

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

Tell us about your dog. Use this form to share your story.

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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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Interview with LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy on pausing the $1 billion iPad program

Posted August 26, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
The iPad program at LAUSD has been halted following criticism of the bidding process.

The LAUSD’s iPad project has been criticized since the beginning: students could hack them, there wasn’t ample Wifi technology in the classrooms, and teachers didn’t have proper training.
But it’s only now, after reports that school district officials were a little too cozy with Apple and Pearson in the bidding process for the $1 billion project, that LAUSD is pausing the program. ($61 million has been spent …

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Meet LA Times’ new publisher Austin Beutner

Posted August 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Austin Beutner has become publisher of the Los Angeles Times.

 
Former investment banker Austin Beutner was First Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles under Antonio Villaraigosa. He raised $600,000 to run for mayor on his own, but dropped out before the campaign really began. Then, his plan to run the Los Angeles Times as a non-profit with fellow investors fell through, but now he’s signed on as publisher of the paper he wanted to buy. 
“I’ve come to work everyday …

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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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The war in Gaza hits home in LA

Posted July 22, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
People hold signs at an anti-Israel protest on July 20, 2014. (Photo: Benjamin Gottlieb)

Hani Jamah is dentist based in San Jose. His  parents are from Gaza and Jamah still has family in the region. He’s been following the war closely, but while recently watching Al Jazeera America, he learned that members of his family had become casualties of the war. On Which Way, LA?  Warren talked to him about the news.
Here’s an edited excerpt from the interview:
I  woke up …

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What are your memories of Pacific Ocean Park?

Posted July 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
A boy stares at the Banana Train.

Do you remember Pacific Ocean Park? Share your memories and stories with us!

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Meet LA County Supervisor-Elect Hilda Solis

Posted June 24, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Hilda Solis talks to Warren Olney at KCRW. (Photo: Benjamin Gottlieb)

With 70 percent of the votes, Hilda Solis easily won the 1st district seat on the LA County Board of Supervisors earlier this month’s election. Essentially unchallenged, she ran a quiet campaign. But the job is a massive one. When she takes over for Gloria Molina, who is termed out, she’ll oversee a constituency of nearly 2 million people and join a board responsible for a …

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Where are you watching the World Cup?

Posted June 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo: Saul Gonzalez

The World Cup starts tomorrow! Along with PRI, we want to map the best places to watch your team win. So fill out the form below and help us make a World Cup bar map! Cheers!

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Listen: What you need to know before you vote

Posted June 2, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]
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In 2012, the “top-two primary” system was implemented in California, meaning that the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, will make it to the ballot in November.
Today on Press Play, Madeleine Brand got the election rundown with Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson.

33rd Congressional District Seat to replace Henry Waxman
“It’s the first time a seat has opened up in a long time,” says …

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What to know about the Secretary of State and State Controller candidates

Posted May 28, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Sacramento Capitol Building at night. Photo via Flickr by Michael Dunn / Creative Commons

Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at CSU LA, Raphe Sonenshein joined Warren to talk about two upcoming races. There’s the Secretary of State, and the Controller. “These are stepping stone offices and if you want to stay in the game in California, it certainly pays to hold one of these offices for a while you’re checking to see what opens …

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Remembering Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014)

Posted May 28, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
Maya Angelou reciting her poem, "On the Pulse of Morning", at President Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993

“I  learn a lot from the writers, from those I’ve met and those I’ve never met. I’ve learned a lot from those who’ve died before I came a long and those who are alive.” — Maya Angelou talking to KCRW’s Bookworm

Poet, author, and activist Maya Angelou has died at age 86. She appeared on KCRW’s Bookworm several times, most recently in 2005, when she …

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State Superintendent’s race: Teachers’ Unions vs. Reformers

Posted May 21, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
By Bruno Girin, Flickr

On the June 3 ballot, you’ll see candidates for California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. The superintendent is elected to head the state Education Department, but also serves as executive director of the Board of Education, which is appointed by the Governor. The current incumbent is former teacher and state Assemblyman Tom Torlackson.
Associated Press reporter Lisa Leff joined Warren to talk about this race and …

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Listen to the LA County Supervisors Debate

Posted May 13, 2014 by and | 3 Comments | ]
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On Tuesday’s Which Way, LA? Warren sat down with four of the eight candidates to fill Zev Yaroslavky’s seat on the LA County Board of Supervisors.
With 2 million residents, the 3rd supervisorial district runs from the San Fernando Valley to Santa Monica and from Westlake Village to Hollywood.  The Supervisors manage a $26 billion budget—spending more than all but a few states.  There are …

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The wacky race for Henry Waxman’s seat

Posted May 13, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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President Obama was in town recently doing what Democrats from all over the country do in Los Angeles: raise money. Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine talked to Warren about how the LA is a Democrat’s ATM.  His recent New York Times article, The Real House Candidates of Beverly Hills, talks about the random nature of the race to succeed retiring Democrat …

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Are you ready to vote in the California Primary?

Posted May 13, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Are you ready to vote in California’s June 3rd Primary? Here’s what you need to know beyond the ballot.
When To Vote:
Polls are open from 7AM – 8PM on Tuesday, June 3rd
Where To Vote:
Find your polling place and a sample ballot here.
What’s on the Ballot?
Up for reelection are the Governor and Lt. Governor. Democratic governor  Jerry Brown has been in office since 2011 and is up for …

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NBA bans Donald Sterling for life

Posted April 29, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Speaking to the press, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that the league will ban Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling for life from attending games and from any association with the team. Sterling will also be fined the maximum amount of $2.5 million. Confirming that the voice on the recording was that of Donald Sterling, the commissioner said Sterling’s words were “deeply offensive and harmful” and contrary …

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