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Learning the art of conversation from the Studs Terkel archive

Posted March 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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From 1952 until 1997—over 45 years—Studs Terkel hosted a show on Chicago’s WFMT radio in which he regularly created national conversations about topics ranging from civil rights, labor rights, film, music, history, and philosophy.
Before he became known as a radio host and oral historian, Studs was an early star of television (Check out “Studs’ Place”) and a radio actor. It was through the art of …

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The woman who’s bringing LA to the world’s most influential art fair

Posted March 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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More evidence of the influence and importance of Los Angeles as far as the fine art world: Meet the Venice (California)-based Elizabeta Betinski, known affectionately to some artists around town as “Boom Boom.”  She’s the force behind an upcoming show, featuring the work of 20 LA-based artists, that’ll hang adjacent to the Venice (Italy) Biennale. This is just one of three exhibitions that have been chosen as …

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Why are California’s gas prices so volatile?

Posted March 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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State lawmakers today tried to fill-up on knowledge of why gas prices have been all over the place the past few months. And how refinery issues have affected recent spikes.
Prices in January were near four and five year lows. Then they jumped by a dollar in some cases in the course of just a couple of weeks.
Part of that is the recent explosion at …

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Interactive iPhone app debuts at “CicLAvia the Valley”

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
CicLAvia offers cyclists and pedestrians a chance to experience a car-free Los Angeles. Photo by Avishay Artsy

CicLAvia – the festival that lets bicyclists and pedestrians take over city streets – will be held in the San Fernando Valley on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
CicLAvia opens up parts of the city for people to experience without cars. Since 2010 it’s been held in downtown LA, South LA, Boyle Heights, along Wilshire Boulevard and other areas, but Sunday will be the first time …

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How your garden tells the story of immigration in Southern California

Posted March 19, 2015 by | 5 Comments | ]
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The buzzing of leaf blowers, weed whackers and lawnmowers are part of Southern California’s sonic landscape. And the people usually holding those machines are Latino immigrant men, who call themselves jardineros, Spanish for gardeners. It’s their labor that gives curb appeal to so many homes, keeping lawns neatly trimmed, hedges pruned and weeds at bay.
The story of the jardineros also reveals the long relationship between immigration and the …

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A living legacy of African-Americans who served in the Civil War

Posted March 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Colonel Franklin J. Henderson and a portrait of a Civil War serviceman

“I always remember the men who came before me. They couldn’t dream of the opportunities,” said retired Colonel Franklin J. Henderson as he stood in the Getty gallery at the Los Angeles Central Library a few Saturdays ago, surrounded by photographs of African-American soldiers from the Civil War. The colonel, who served as a paratrooper in the Korean War and rose through the ranks …

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Mirah Ippolito: ‘L.A. will always be here unless there’s an earthquake’

Posted March 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Mirah Ippolito
Baltimore, Maryland
“One of my friends, who is struggling, told me you can always come back — you know that’s actually what she says.”
After going to film school at USC, Mirah could simply not find good work in film and television. “Every entry level opportunity is an unpaid internship and most of the people I know now are in their mid to late …

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Keeping cowboy culture alive in Compton

Posted March 5, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Southern California is an industrialized megalopolis, but its agricultural history continues in some unlikely places. One of them is the City of Compton, where a few cowboys still ride their horses — on trails but also through city streets.
For years, the center of cowboy culture was “The Hill,” a stable at Figueroa and 131st streets, until it mysteriously burned down 3 years ago. Since …

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Do you remember California’s last measles outbreak?

Posted March 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When it comes to diseases, we never seem to worry until they capture the attention of the media or affect us personally. Today, as new cases of measles turn up in California, I feel a sense of dread—and déjà vu.
Between January 1988 and December 1990, Southern California saw 12,434 cases of measles. Los Angeles County was the first to report its problem in what …

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Can you eat healthfully on food stamps?

Posted March 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Could you eat healthfully on $6.46 a day? That’s what a person receives on the government food stamps program called CalFresh in California. And last month, Santa Barbara County Food Bank CEO Erik Talkin tried it. KCRW’s Kathryn Barnes caught up with Eric while he was grocery shopping in Santa Barbara a couple weeks ago, halfway through his challenge.

Photo: Noozhawk

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The web reacts to the FCC’s vote for net neutrality

Posted February 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo by Blaise Alleyne/CC/Flickr

This morning the FCC voted to uphold net neutrality rules, ensuring that Internet service providers will treat all websites and web traffic neutrally. Basically, you can rest assured that you will be able to watch your HBO shows just as seamlessly as your favorite Netflix shows.
The FCC determined that Internet service providers will now be classified under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which regulates services like …

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Hearing Martin Luther King, Jr. at Temple Israel of Hollywood

Posted February 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Los Angeles, holding a sermon at Temple Israel of Hollywood just a few weeks before the marches in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery. Last month, the congregation celebrated the anniversary of this historic moment.

During the commemoration, Martin Luther King’s recorded words filled the sanctuary of Temple Israel of Hollywood. He had talked about the Hebrew people’s escape from …

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Head-covering optional: A new mosque aims to bridge gaps and shatter myths about Islam

Posted February 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There is no dress code at The Women’s Mosque of America, where congregants are encouraged to wear what feels comfortable. The newly-formed mosque, said to be the first of its kind in the United States, is less about a literal place than it is about a state of mind. It isn’t, organizers say, designed to supplant the traditional mosque. The hope is that the all-women’s gathering will  encourage continued dialogue …

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Mixer: Hollywood’s diversity problem

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 30 Comments | ]
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This Sunday, hundreds of millions of people around the world will gather at their sets to watch stars walk the red carpet, and then award each other with golden trophies.
It’s an annual tradition, but one thing you won’t see this year is a lot of diversity. In fact, the last time there were this few Oscar nominees of color was in 1998.
The Washington Post even had …

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What it’s like when Oprah calls: One writer’s experience

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We talked to writer Cynthia Bond last year after her debut novel, Ruby, was published.  For years, Bond wrote in stolen moments from her job helping at-risk youth write their own stories.  Like many authors, she was happy just to finally have her book in print.  Then, a few months ago, she got “the call.”  Oprah, maker of best-sellers, was on the line, effusive in her praise for …

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A painting with your movie ticket: Hollywood’s digital transition means more space for art

Posted February 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s a Thursday night at the Laemmle movie theater on Lankershim. Patrons are streaming in for the evening shows. As they make their way down the corridor to the theaters, they’re greeted with a series of bright, floral paintings by the San Diego collaborative duo Hill and Stump –and art patrons, sipping wine.
Much has been said about the transition to digital movie projection, but …

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Louis “B-Real” Freese of Cypress Hill on his pot shop plans

Posted February 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Santa Ana held a lottery last week, and rapper Louis “B-Real” Freese of the group Cypress Hill is one of 20 winners hoping to open dispensaries. The luck of the draw will pave the way for Freese and 19 others to open medical marijuana collectives in Santa Ana later this year.
The city received more than 630 applications, and numerous applicants were placed on a …

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Oscar Goes Outdoors: Hollywood and the Santa Monica Mountains

Posted February 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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On this Valentine’s Day weekend, if you love movies as much as your significant other, you might want to check out some Hollywood history.
“Oscar Goes Outdoors!” is an event this Sunday that’ll give local film fanatics a chance to see some classic Hollywood settings within a short drive of L.A., from “Gone with the Wind” to “American Sniper.”
The event will be at King Gillette Ranch, …

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Nothing digital about it: LA Zine Fest celebrates printed work

Posted February 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Much has been said about the demise of printed matter: the newspaper, the magazine, the book. But this weekend in Los Angeles there’s a celebration of print taking place where you can pick up armfuls of publications. No digital device necessary.
This will be the fourth annual LA Zine Fest, said co-founder Rhea Tepp, with more than 200 zine creators showing off their stuff.  “I think …

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Remembering the late retail architect Jon Jerde

Posted February 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Horton Plaza in San Diego, designed by The Jerde Partnership. Photo by Sandy Huffaker, Jr.

Architect Jon Jerde, responsible for some of LA’s most iconic shopping malls and urban spaces, died today at his home in Brentwood.  He was 75. He’s best known for his work on Universal City Walk, Horton Plaza in San Diego and the design of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
KCRW’s Frances Anderton hosts the show “Design and Architecture” and edited a book about Jerde called …

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