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Mixer: Watching the Watchers

Posted February 5, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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State regulators have been under intense scrutiny in recent history — overseeing utilities that are shutting down or shoring up nuclear power plants, dealing with an environmental disaster that’s displaced thousands, and even trying to coordinate the cleanup of a now-shuttered, lead-leaking battery plant.
So this week in Sacramento, has come a push to do something about those agencies that are responsible for regulating and …

California Elections, Interviews, Warren Olney »

Olney in LA – California Clout?

Posted February 4, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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[KCRW’s Warren Olney has launched Olney in L.A., an ongoing exploration of the people and the forces that are shaping Southern California.]
For 40 years, presidential nominations have been decided before the biggest state in the union got to vote in a primary. To look at the history and why this year could be different, Warren talked with Democratic strategist Bill Carrick and  Dan Schnur, director …

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Olney in L.A. – ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ mini series

Posted February 3, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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KCRW’s Warren Olney has launched Olney in L.A., an ongoing exploration of the people and the forces that are shaping Southern California.
The first episode of Olney in L.A., on Feb. 2, 2016, covered The People v. O.J. Simpson, a mini series that the FX channel’s American Crime Story show premiered that night. Olney discussed the 1995 case that riveted the nation with Linda Deutsch, who covered …

Arts & Culture, News, Politics, The Mixer »

Mixer: Which Way, LA?

Posted January 29, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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KCRW’s Warren Olney moderated KCRW’s Which Way LA? for 23 years before wrapping up the program on January 28.
But he’s not going away.
He will continue to host To the Point, weekdays at 1. And, beginning next week, a new, regular segment called Olney in L.A.
And while Warren is staying put, so too are the issues he spent countless hours trying to make sense of on his …

Interviews, News »

L.A. hones its bid for the 2024 Olympics

Posted January 29, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We’re still 18 months away from a decision on the 2024 Olympics, but there’s no time to spare for the local officials trying to secure the summer sports extravaganza for L.A. for a third time.
Los Angeles previously hosted the Olympics in 1932 and 1984.
This week, the local organizing committee – LA-24 – announced plans to house athletes on the UCLA campus instead of building …

Environment, News »

California, on cutting edge, gets an official state lichen

Posted January 27, 2016 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Among new state laws taking effect at the beginning of 2016 was one designating lace lichen as the official lichen of California. The organism joins a list of more 30 officially designated state symbols, including the redwood tree, California poppy, purple needlegrass and of course, the California dog-faced butterfly.
State Assemblyman Marc Levine, who sponsored the lace lichen legislation, said, “They are biological indicators of both air …

Interviews, News, Politics »

If at first you don’t secede, Yes California you try again

Posted January 25, 2016 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Here in California, we never seem to be completely happy with the status quo. Almost 170 years after joining the union, there are still debates about the form the state should take. There have been all kinds of campaigns over the years to split up California. And now an ESL teacher near San Diego,  Louis Marinelli, is taking it even further. He is head of …

Arts & Culture, Interviews, News, The Mixer »

Mixer: Goodbyes to Bowie, Frey and more

Posted January 22, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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In the past few weeks, the world of music has lost some gentlemen and geniuses, and a lot of melodic eloquence.
We’re still reeling from the death this week of Glenn Frey the co-founder of the Los Angeles-based band “The Eagles”, who gave us so many hits to remember. He was 67.
Frey passed away this week from complications of colitis and rheumatoid arthritis.
We also recently lost …

News, Water and the Drought »

Where’s El Niño? Dry January doesn’t fit the forecast

Posted January 22, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Have you noticed that the last few weeks have been rather dry in Southern California?
El Niño hasn’t delivered yet, but that doesn’t mean it’s not coming.
Mark Jackson of the National Weather Service says that January has delivered less rain than most meteorologists expected, but he says the months ahead should have plenty of wet weather in store.

Jackson says Jan. 6 and 7 provided a preview …

News »

Los Angeles likely to be a two-team NFL town once again

Posted January 22, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles may be a Rams town once again, having snatched back the team from St. Louis after a 21-year absence, but that’s not the whole picture of pro football’s future in L.A.
The deal that’s bringing the Rams home gives the San Diego Chargers a one-year window to decide if they want to join the Rams in a new stadium in Inglewood.
If the Chargers …

Arts & Culture, Backstage, Commentary »

BACKSTAGE: Can You Know Too Much?

Posted January 21, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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[BACKSTAGE is a series of posts focusing on the ‘Inside Baseball’ of the theater.]
It’s tricky business when you know how something you love is made.
Years ago, I had a wonderful English teacher, Professor Regan. At the start of his “Comedy and Satire” course, he issued a dire warning: “If you’re in this class because you love comedy – leave. Leave because I’m going to ruin it for …

Arts & Culture, Backstage, Commentary, News »

BACKSTAGE: A friend in the theater

Posted January 14, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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[BACKSTAGE is a series of posts focusing on the ‘Inside Baseball’ of the theater.]
Last week, I had you check your three favorite intimate theater websites to see what was playing through July. Chances are, you came up mostly empty. Maybe you could find the next play but probably not a season, right?
So why is this a problem?
It’s not nurturing an audience and it’s out of step …

Interviews, News »

Inglewood Mayor Says City Ready for the NFL

Posted January 13, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The city of Inglewood is celebrating the NFL decision to allow Rams owner Stan Kroenke to move his team from St. Louis, Missouri, to Los Angeles starting this fall.
That will put the Rams in the Coliseum, or perhaps another stadium in greater L.A. for a few years while a new home for the team is built in Inglewood.
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts tells KCRW …

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SoundsLA goes to school to speak and listen

Posted January 11, 2016 by | 1 Comment | ]
Eric Drachman, SoundsLA producer, speaks to documentary filmmaking students.

[Eric Drachman produces KCRW’s SoundsLA, one-minute audio vignettes that air throughout the day.]
SoundsLA is one of KCRW’s ventures that connects listeners with our community in Los Angeles. The stories are character-driven, start with a sound and leave us with a sense of a fellow Angelino.
It’s easy to work on these pieces in isolation and not have a sense of whether or not they resonate with you. Well, …

Arts & Culture »

Growing up Zorthian: Family business sells nothing

Posted January 8, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Alan Zorthian and his daughter, Caroline, are the owners and operators of Zorthian Ranch. It’s hard to say what their jobs actually are – other than being Zorthians. They have a family business that sells nothing.
Alan’s father, the artist Jirayr Zorthian, built the ranch more than 70 years ago. It resembles a sprawling village built of out of driftwood and washing machines, perched on the …

Food, News, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: canned with a kick

Posted January 8, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, she noticed some new homemade chili jellies, jams and sauces for sale at the Shepherd Farms stand.

The impetus for these value-added products actually came out of a problem: very few people were buying Tom’s hot peppers.
“This year we grew a lot …

Arts & Culture, Backstage, Commentary, News »

BACKSTAGE: A Vicious Small Theater Cycle

Posted January 7, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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[BACKSTAGE is a series of posts focusing on the ‘Inside Baseball’ of the theater.]
This week on air, I ran a preview of the theater I’m looking forward to in Los Angeles this spring. Now, most of the shows listed are either from our presenting houses (RedCat, The Broad etc.)  or our bigger theaters (Center Theater Group, The Geffen). Underrepresented are our intimate theaters. Why?
There are a …

News »

One Thing: Mexican-American Relations

Posted December 23, 2015 by | 4 Comments | ]
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From politics and music to faith, science and immigration, what were the most important stories and trends of the year? Nine of our sharpest local observers weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2015.
Carlos Sada, Mexico’s consul general to the United States in Los Angeles, says Mexican-American relations are being put to the test as we head into a presidential election year. But …

News »

One Thing: Homelessness

Posted December 23, 2015 by | 3 Comments | ]
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From politics and music to faith, science and immigration, what were the most important stories and trends of the year? Nine of our sharpest local observers weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2015.
John Kelly grew up in Los Angeles and lived on Skid Row for years but now works with the homeless as an advocate at the LA Mission. He says homelessness …

News »

One Thing: Politics

Posted December 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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From politics and music to faith, science and immigration, what were the most important stories and trends of the year? Nine of our sharpest local observers weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2015.
Lynne Vavreck, a professor of political science and communication studies at UCLA, and a contributing columnist for The New York Times, says it’s hard to ignore the impact that Donald Trump …

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