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An homage to the wonderfully weird Cinefamily Telethon

Posted December 13, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Cinefamily is the best programmed place for movies anywhere. Go there any evening of the week and you’ll see something awesome with a bunch of awesome people. And their annual telethon is the most fun film-centric event of all time. It’s a 24-hour party featuring great conversations, great talent, great movies and just all around wackiness. 
Cinefamily’s Fantastic Elastic 2013 Telethon starts this Saturday, December 14th this …

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Quiz: What do you know about LA’s water?

Posted November 4, 2013 by , and | 4 Comments | ]
The DWP building downtown, which actually gets its water from almost all of LA's water sources. (Photo: Saul Gonzalez)

Who was William Mulholland? Where do we get our drinking water from? What do you know about the past, present and future of L.A.’s water? Take our quiz! 

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Why are the Santa Ana winds so hot and dry?

Posted October 3, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]
UCLA climate scientist Robert Fovell's animation of Santa Ana winds in action

It’s been dry and windy because of those mysterious warm winds from the east. The famous Santa Anas are back.
“The Santa Anas are really a rather defining phenomenon in our area,” said Robert Fovell, who studies the Santa Anas at UCLA.
From September through right about now, you know there’s a Santa Ana when you feel that warm, gusty wind; you have to constantly apply …

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Never Built: The battle over the Santa Monica Pier

Posted August 12, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]
Al's Kitchen Menu and Save the Pier Buttons

 “Never Built” is a fascinating new show at the A&D Museum in mid-Wilshire featuring fabulous, sometimes visionary plans for Southern California that never happened. As part of KCRW’s Design and Architecture coverage, we produced this four part series  on some of the most fascinating projects that were never built. 
In the late-’60’s, Santa Monica was literally growing up. Two 17-story apartment buildings were built along the beach near the southern edge of the …

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Never Built: Was there something fishy about DisneySea?

Posted August 5, 2013 by | 8 Comments | ]
An artist's rendering of Port Disney

“Never Built” is a fascinating new show at the A&D Museum in mid-Wilshire featuring fabulous, sometimes visionary plans for Southern California that never happened. As part of KCRW’s Design and Architecture coverage, we produced this four part series  on some of the most fascinating projects  that were never built. 
If you lived in Long Beach in the late 80′s, you heard a lot about Port Disney – a gigantic development slated for the …

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The LA angle on Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted July 29, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]
Lloyd Wright - Civic Center

“Never Built” is a fascinating new show at the A&D Museum in mid-Wilshire featuring fabulous, sometimes visionary plans for Southern California that never happened. As part of KCRW’s Design and Architecture coverage, we produced this four part  series  on some of the most fascinating projects that were never built. 
Falling Water is multi-level masterpiece nestled into the lush green woods of western Pennsylvania; it’s truly in tune with its …

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Never Built: A modernist masterpiece in Chavez Ravine?

Posted July 22, 2013 by | 9 Comments | ]
Elysian Park plan. Courtesy of Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research

 “Never Built” is a fascinating new show at the A&D Museum in mid-Wilshire featuring fabulous, sometimes visionary plans for Southern California that never happened. As part of KCRW’s Design and Architecture coverage, we produced this four part  series  on some of the most fascinating projects that were never built. 
What was almost built in Chavez Ravine near downtown? A lot of people think that the community of people who lived there were …

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Starting out small in the LA comedy scene

Posted July 11, 2013 by | 11 Comments | ]
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If you’ve ever been dragged by a friend to an open mike at a comedy club, take solace in the knowledge that it could be worse. If a paid comedy gig is the major leagues, and an open mike is the minors, there’s actually little league comedy going on every night in obscure spots all over the city. At this very moment, the next …

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10th Anniversary of the War in Iraq: A soldier and an Iraqi reflect

Posted March 19, 2013 by and | 1 Comment | ]
Marine Marcos Soltero

The American Soldier:
War is not an ideal situation for a culture exchange, but when the first troops rolled into Iraq from Kuwait in 2003, thousands of fresh-faced American soldiers came face to face with a people they knew almost nothing about. Carlos Soltero was one of them. Growing up with his grandparents in Torrance, he always told them he wanted to be a Marine.
He enlisted …

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A rogues gallery of LA mayors

Posted February 28, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Just below the observation deck on the top of City Hall, there’s a weirdly quiet floor. It’s mostly inhabited by ghosts; stern-looking men staring out from fancy frames over a city they couldn’t possibly have imagined. These are portraits of LA’s past mayors. And no one knows more about them than Tom Sitton, a student of LA’s political past and the former head of …

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Chopping down a Christmas Tree at Nancy’s Ranch

Posted December 20, 2012 by | 6 Comments | ]
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So you’re standing in a lot in front of Home Depot and you’re looking at the trees leaning against a chain link fence and thinking to yourself…this is not how it’s supposed to be. I am supposed to go out into the snow and trudge through the woods and cut down a tree.
It may be Valencia, CA. And it may be 75 degrees out, but you can …

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The perils of calling a cab on a party night

Posted October 31, 2012 by | 4 Comments | ]
Photo by Brian Auer via Flickr/CC

Halloween can be big fun for revelers wanting to loosen up a bit, but then there’s the issue of getting home after a night at all those bars. And in L.A., finding a taxi to take you home can be a bit sobering.
In the days before a big party night, you hear all these well-meaning messages about the evils of drinking and driving. And …

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Can technology help your commute?

Posted October 10, 2012 by | 12 Comments | ]

Traffic data provider Inrix recently looked at a wide range of traffic information and crunched the numbers to come up with the top 10 worst traffic cities, based on the time drivers spend idling in their cars.  Believe it or not, Honolulu tops the list, but LA is number two.  Even with Kajon’s help, Angelenos spend an average of 56 hours every year idling …

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Krump moves from street to stage

Posted September 4, 2012 by | 15 Comments | ]
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In 2005, fashion photographer David LaChappelle made a documentary called “Rize” about a dance style that was born on the streets of LA. Now, two of the dancers featured in the film are taking this raw form of expression and bringing it to a more polite environment. KCRW’s Matt Holzman has more.
The Radio Shack and the bank in this mini-mall in North Hollywood have …

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