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Mapping the dogs of LA

Posted September 4, 2014 by | 11 Comments | ]
You'll find pitbull-weimaraner mix Gryphon Vesper Battina in downtown L.A. 
Photo: Jessica Ikenberry

We are a town of chihuahuas and labs. And at least 4,376 dogs named Max.
When KCRW decided to map the dogs of L.A., we quickly realized we were signing ourselves up for an immersion course on our city’s passionate pup culture – not to mention several lessons in municipal bureaucracy.
How to find out where all the dogs live and what their breeds and names …

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What’s the best neighborhood for dog lovers?

Posted September 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo: Hauptillusionator on Flickr

When you’re walking down the street and you see someone coming your way with a puppy, how do you react? Are you all cuddles and petsies? Or do you make silent eye contact with the owner, praying you won’t have to get too close?
The way you feel about interacting with dogs depends upon a lot of things: How much you like them, of course; whether …

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What do you have in common with your dog?

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As part of KCRW’s Dogs of LA mapping and storytelling project, we’ve collected anecdotes about the hobbies, hairstyles, and bad habits Angelenos share with their pets.
“We have anxiety disorder in common,” said Jennifer Ritch, who lives in Venice resident with her “purebred mutt” Emma. “She’s a bit of a worrier, and so am I. A bit impulsive sometimes. A little hypersensitive, which I tend to be.”
Perhaps owners are attracted …

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How to license your dog in Southern California

Posted September 4, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
Photo: Calvin Fleming on Flickr

Hey, dog owners, did you know you’re required to license your pooch?
Experts estimate that many thousands of dogs go unlicensed. But that can mean big fines, and a harder time finding your dog if it gets lost, or getting it back if it ends up at a shelter.
Here’s what you should know about licensing your dog.
When do I need to purchase a license?
L.A. County dogs …

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How does dog food get its flavor?

Posted September 4, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Photo credit: Christina Lopriore

Ever wonder who dreams up the flavors in your pup’s doggy bowl? Companies put just as much effort into product testing pet food as they do for ours. And the parallels don’t end there.
Good Food host Evan Kleiman spoke with Mary Roach, author of  “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal,” about the kibble development process.
When humans decide what to eat, there’s a whole set of cultural …

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Why don’t more Angelenos license their dogs?

Posted September 4, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
Photo by Samantha Hemphill

Call it the doggie DMV.
Like drivers registering their cars, Los Angeles County dog owners are required to purchase licenses for their pets. But many people either don’t know the law or they ignore it. In fact, most of California’s dogs are unlicensed – as many as 84 percent, the Sacramento Bee reported in 2011.
And that’s a problem, warn public health officials, who say licensing …

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Has the food movement reached kosher LA?

Posted August 12, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]

Kale and quinoa have spread far and wide, but food trends don’t move at the same pace for everyone. The kosher community faces unique challenges in adopting more sustainable and artisanal ways of eating.
Call it trendy or just good old-fashioned gardening, but Myrna Meyers is serious about organic produce.
The USC biology professor’s Westwood backyard is filled with grapevines, fruit trees, quinoa plants and lots of herbs …

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Why does the Blue Line have so many accidents?

Posted March 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
A Blue Line Stop
Photo: Raymond Shobe on Flickr

Yesterday’s rail collision near downtown LA was familiar news. Since Metro’s Blue Line began running in 1990, its trains have crashed into vehicles and pedestrians almost 1,000 times, leading to 123 fatalities.
In this most recent collision, a minivan driver ran a red light near the corner of Washington Blvd and Maple Ave. No one was killed, but at least twelve were injured.

According to Najmedin Meshkati, …

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When Santa Monica beachgoers wore suits and long dresses on the sand

Posted February 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Roller Coaster at the Arcadia Hotel, Santa Monica, late 1880s. Albumen print by E.G. Morrison. Ernest Marquez Collection, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

In the 1870s, the Southern Pacific Railroad chugged right up to the beach. Visitors would step off the train in ankle-length skirts and enjoy concession stands and shaded cabins.
Today we can peer into that world through a new photography collection acquired by San Marino’s Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.
The museum says this purchase is one of the largest and rarest groups of …

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