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Mixer: Remembering the OJ trial and verdict

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
friday mixer square

Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since a jury acquitted Heisman Trophy-winning-football player-turned-TV-and-movie star O.J. Simpson of murdering his wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson and a friend, Ron Goldman, at their Brentwood home.

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How a 1965 immigration law shaped today’s Los Angeles

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

What does Lyndon Johnson have to do with the creation of L.A.’s Koreatown?

The lasting effects of the Immigration Act of 1965 were apparent at a recent swearing in ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Over 6,000 people from 140 countries sat in neat rows before a stage and a giant American flag. Some of the largest numbers of people came from countries like the Philippines, China, Armenia and …

Arts & Culture, Interviews »

Spoiler alerts abound in the social media age

Posted September 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Be warned: spoiler alerts ahead.
Yes, this interview may include references to movies or TV shows or books you may or may not be watching or reading. Or even care about.
Either way, you may hear something related to something in pop culture that you may not be ready to hear.
It seems we’re living in a social media age where spoilers abound. And – not to …

Arts & Culture »

Pop-Up Magazine’s live storytelling comes back to LA

Posted September 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Pop-Up on Tour

The art of oral storytelling spans from The Odyssey to a toddler’s bedtime routine — somewhere in between is Pop-Up Magazine, a live multimedia storytelling show.
“We think of it as a chance for people to tell stories in all different kinds of media from photography to film to animation,” said Douglas McGray, co-creator and editor-in-chief of Pop-Up Magazine, explaining that the event breaks the traditional storytelling model …

California Elections, Interviews, Issues, Politics »

Mixer: Climate change legislation melting

Posted September 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
friday mixer square

Governor Brown’s push to make California a worldwide leader in fighting climate change has suffered two major defeats this week.
On Wednesday, Brown and Democratic leaders eliminated a key portion of a climate change bill that would have required California to cut its petroleum consumption in half in the next 15 years.
And yesterday, the bill by state Senator Fran Pavley of Simi Valley to reducing …

News »

Austin Beutner dispatched from LA Times after 1 year

Posted September 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Times building10

There’s more upheaval at the L.A. Times.
Publisher Austin Beutner has been fired as publisher of the newspaper, just one year after he was hired.
Politico – which first reported the story – says Beutner was forced out because of ongoing tensions with Jack Griffin, the chief executive of Tribune Publishing.
Here’s how the Chicago Tribune put it:
“Beutner, who has been heading up the largest newspaper in …

Interviews, Politics »

Persians in LA react to the Iran nuclear deal

Posted September 2, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Raymond Khaneshan, owner of Shaherzad Restaurant on Westwood Boulevard. Photo by Shara Morris.

Nowhere is the Iran nuclear program debate more relevant that Los Angeles’s Westwood neighborhood – also known as Tehrangeles.
It’s home to the largest Persian community outside of Iran. Shara Morris stopped by two small businesses in the neighborhood, and got two very different views on the deal.

News »

The stigma of colonoscopies and African-American risk of colon cancer

Posted September 1, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
At the "Relay for Life" event in Baldwin Hills, Dr. Zuri Murrell (second from left), and Erin Stennis (second from right). Photo by Malek Mansour.

Nearly 50,000 Americans are expected to die from colorectal cancer this year. It’s one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.
African-Americans are more likely than any other group to develop colorectal cancer and to die from it.

On a Saturday morning in Baldwin Hills, at a “Relay for Life” event for cancer survivors. Ramona Stephens called to the stage a tall, African-American …

Housed: Life on Skid Row, News »

John Kelly: The Advocate

Posted September 1, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

John Kelly, a Vietnam vet from south central and recovered addict who spent 15 years on the streets, is outreach coordinator at the Los Angeles Mission. He helps people in need navigate the maze of available services.
“Why do you think people sleep on the streets? There’s no law against it downtown. It’s that simple,” he says.

This story is part of our series, Housed: Life …

Housed: Life on Skid Row »

Amos Sandifer: The Newly Housed

Posted September 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Amos Sandifer in his new apartment. Photo: Aaron Fallon

Amos Sandifer, a recovering crack addict, is co-creator of the citizen journalism site, After two years on the streets, he found a place to live through Skid Row Housing Trust earlier this year.
“It feels good knowing you pay rent, you have a place to stay, and it’s yours. First couple days, I couldn’t believe it,” he says.

This story is part of our series, …

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Inside LAPD’s body camera contract with Taser International

Posted September 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Taser's Axon Body camera.

The Los Angeles Police Department is rolling out the first of 860 body cameras for its officers, part of a plan that will eventually have some 7,000 officers routinely wearing chest-mounted video cameras.
The cameras are made by Taser International, which won the LAPD contract last year.
As the second largest police department in the country, implementation of body cameras at the LAPD is raising a …

Commentary, Santa Barbara »

Surf, sting, suffer: a new KCRW host attempts to catch — or survive — his first waves

Posted August 31, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Growing up at 7,000 feet in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, I only knew surf from “Endless Summer.” The Bruce Brown epic gave me romantic notions of a life at the beach. So when I moved to Santa Barbara for KCRW, I was ready.
I assumed buying a surfboard would be akin to finding a life partner or soul mate. You would just understand …

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Making LA: Education

Posted August 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via Flickr/CC/Clotee Allochuku

It’s no secret that Los Angeles has a massive school system. There are more than 900 schools in the L.A. Unified School District, with more than 600,000 students. Los Angeles also has more charter schools than any district in the country. Some say that’s a threat to the public school system, while others argue that charters offer a crucial alternative.
Press Play’s Madeleine Brand talked with Joshua Pechthalt, President …

Arts & Culture, News »

Announcing the winners of KCRW’s 2015 Radio Race

Posted August 25, 2015 by and | 1 Comment | ]

We are excited to announce the winners of this year’s Radio Race. The quality and creativity that revealed itself in just 24-hours was inspiring! Thank you to all who participated.
This year’s top racers represent the reach and impact of great radio storytelling. We have winners from Mexico, Australia and Kansas City, MO. Congratulations!
1st Place:
Fountain City Frequency for The Time Travelers Ark

Produced by: Esther …

Interviews, News »

Auto fanatics descend on Pebble Beach

Posted August 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
A 1938 Phantom Corsair at The 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

This past weekend there was a big car show along the north central coast of California: the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The show featured some 200 classic cars on display, along with racing and golf and hobnobbing with some heavy hitters.
Tod Mesirow was there. He’s a TV producer with credits including Monster Garage, Overhaulin’ and Car Lot Rescue, and is a car reviewer for
He went to the exclusive …

Education, News »

What’s next for the anti-vaccine movement?

Posted August 20, 2015 by | 3 Comments | ]

Following the measles outbreak earlier this year that originated at Disneyland and infected 183 people and the passage of California’s tough new vaccination law, California has become ground zero for a national debate about vaccinations. At the center of the debate is whether mandatory inoculations should be required for all children before they start school, no matter what the personal beliefs of parents.
To better understand the issue …

Arts & Culture, economy, Education, Food »

Making LA: Food

Posted August 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Will we see more urban farms? South Central Community Garden, was an urban farm and community garden located at East 41st and South Alameda Streets, which was in operation between 1994 and 2006. Credit: Wikipedia

Los Angeles is a culinary wonderland. New, exciting restaurants seem to be opening faster than one can finish a meal. But not everyone is sharing in this bounty. In this installment of Making L.A., Press Play takes a closer look at what’s happening with the food scene and food policy — and what’s going to happen to the street vendors?
“We’re such a layered population …

economy, Issues, LA Noir, News, Politics, Sports, The New Mayor, Warren Olney »

Mixer: LA’s gold medal push

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
friday mixer square

Los Angeles has a lot going for it as the potential host of the 2024 Summer Games.
The city hosted the Games back in 1932 and 1984, and there are stadiums already built for another summer games event around the area.
U.S. Olympic Committee officials want an official bid to send on to their international counterparts within the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, the USOC says there is …

Arts & Culture, Environment, News, Politics »

Lollygaggers: a musical comedy about climate change

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

There was a lawsuit filed in federal court against the Obama administration for not responding strongly enough to the threat of climate change.
The plaintiffs – all young people – say the government’s lack of action is a threat to their generation and to future generations as well.
The White House points to the EPA’s Climate Action Plan as an example of something that the government …

Environment, Interviews, News »

Mountain lion P-32 killed while crossing the 5 Freeway

Posted August 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Some sad news now about a young mountain lion known as P-32 – the only male known to have successfully ventured to the north out of the Santa Monica Mountains.
He was struck and killed by a car Monday morning while trying to cross the 5 Freeway in Castaic.
P-32 had successfully crossed the 101 Freeway and three other highways in the Thousand Oaks and Simi …

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