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KCRW’s Oscar interviews

American Hustle

The Academy Awards are Sunday, and the 2014 season has been a landmark year for film. Many of the potential award winners have come through the KCRW studios. We’ve compiled the full list of nominated filmmakers who have appeared on The Business with Kim Masters and Elvis Mitchell’s The Treatment.
More Oscar coverage here
 Here are some highlights:
12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen told The Business contributor John …

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Finding community and beauty in the sport of flying roller pigeons


It’s late on a Saturday morning in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Pacoima. Standing in his backyard, Will Stenhouse releases a group of 20 pigeons into the sky. Suddenly, half a dozen birds do somersaults, fall towards the ground for several seconds, and then recover. Several dozen onlookers cheer in approval.
“I’m proud of them.”  Stenhouse says about his pigeons.
Stenhouse, 38, is a forklift operator …

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Inside the $80,000 ‘Everyone Wins’ Oscar gift bag


The day after the Academy Awards ceremony, 21 lucky losers will receive gift bags made by Distinctive Assets, a company founded by the enthusiastic Lash Fary– a man sometimes referred to as “The Gift Fairy.”  They call them the “Everyone Wins” gift bags, though in truth, only the host– who this year is Ellen Degeneres– and the 20 Oscar-nominated directors, actors and actresses who …

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Many Dodger fans facing ‘blue-out’ as games begin


The Dodgers new Time Warner cable TV station has debuted just in time for the team’s first spring training game today against the Arizona Diamondbacks. For fans who can’t get enough the boys in blue, it’s a 24-hour network. But as of now, most denizens of Dodger nation are blacked out. That’s because Time Warner has yet to reach deals with many of the …

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Calderon told to step down or face Senate expulsion


Fellow Democrats say state Senator Ron Calderon must either resign or take a leave of absence within a week or face expulsion. After surrendering to authorities, a handcuffed Calderon stood before a federal judge yesterday and pleaded not guilty to 24 felony counts, including bribery, conspiracy and money laundering. If convicted on all the charges, the potential sentence could total nearly 400 years. Senate …

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Calderon shoe drops and Dodger beating suspects plead guilty

friday mixer square

A federal grand jury has indicted State Senator Ron Calderon and his brother Tom on multiple corruption charges.
The US Attorney’s Office says the Calderons face charges of mail and wire fraud, bribery and money laundering.
Gene Maddaus is a reporter with LA Weekly, and Andrew Blankstein is with the NBC News Investigative Unit based here in LA.

Did we see all of this coming? Especially given the Calderon …

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Inside Mission Control: Southern California’s water management system


Your water takes a very long journey before it comes out of your tap. It travels through thousands of miles of pipes and aqueducts, enormous open-air and underground reservoirs, and a network of treatment plants that ensure the quality of our drinking water.
Southern California’s vast water delivery and storage system also has a kind of mission control center. Think NASA’s Johnson Spaceflight Center, but for …

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Found objects made into art: Timothy Washington’s long-overdue solo show

Washington's sculptures often contain noisemakers and moving pieces. This one, a futuristic animal inspired by Harley Davidson motorcyles, can carry the weight of the artist himself.

Read the news and it can be easy to think that art is all about money and glamor: splashy openings, $142 million paintings and rapper Drake snapping selfies at the L.A. County Museum of Art.
But an exhibition at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles is a reminder that art is also about dedication. For decades, one L.A. artist has been quietly …

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Border Patrol says deadly San Diego shooting justified


The deadly shooting of a suspected illegal migrant is rekindling the debate over the use of lethal force along the U.S.-Mexican border. Investigators say a man who was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent yesterday threw several large rocks, including one that hit the agent in the face. It happened about four miles from San Diego’s Otay Mesa Border Crossing as agents …

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Edit-a-thons aim to erase Wikipedia’s gender gap

Participants in the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in Los Angeles. Photo by Avishay Artsy.

Wikipedia, that free online repository of information that’s made old-school print encyclopedias obsolete, has more than 30 million articles, written by thousands of authors. But most of those authors are men. A 2010 study found that fewer than 13 percent of Wikipedia editors were female.
In response, cities and college campuses across the world are holding Wikipedia edit-a-thons to close the gender gap. One was …

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Building the Wilshire Grand: L.A.’s tallest tower

Some workers on the Wilshire Grand Project will spend the next two years helping to build the skyscraper. Although much has changed in how skyscrapers have been built over the past century, a lot of it still comes down to muscle, sweat and strong backs. (Photo by Saul Gonzalez)

Serious construction is about to begin on something big in downtown Los Angeles: a building that when completed will be the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi. Called the Wilshire Grand Tower, it will feature more than 900 hotel rooms, offices and retail spaces. It will be topped by a sail-shaped glass pediment crown. Because of its height alone — 1,100 feet with a …

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Los Angeles in a new light

Photo by Hector Sanchez via Flickr/ CreativeCommons

In a move to make LA more energy-efficient, the city has been changing the light bulbs. Since 2009, over 140,000 sodium-vapor street lights were switched to new LED ones in the first phase of the world’s largest lighting retrofit.
According to Forbes, “The City of Los Angeles estimates it will see at least $7 million in electricity savings and $2.5 million in avoided maintenance costs …

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Radio host Chery Glaser interviews the band Cherry Glazerr

Members of the band Cherry Glazerr (from left, Clementine Creevy, Hannah Uribe and Sean Redman) with KCRW host Chery Glaser.

Listeners to KCRW are well acquainted with the name Chery Glaser. She’s the local host of Morning Edition, updating the news, music and traffic for Southern California listeners as they start their days and commute to work.
Her name also inspired a group of young musicians to name their band after her. Chery agreed to sit down with the band Cherry Glazerr for an interview.
The …

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Silver Lake residents: We are not Eastsiders

Silver Lake photo by Eric Allix Rogers via Flickr/CC.

For someone who’s not a native Angeleno, the distinction of East versus Westside can be a little confusing.
Those hip, creative neighborhoods northwest of downtown LA, like Silver Lake, Echo Park and Los Feliz are often referred to as the Eastside.
But a group of Silver Lake residents has had enough. Anne-Marie Johnson is one of them. She co-authored a motion that’ll be voted on at …

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

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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Former TSA agent divulges abhorrent agency practices, protocol

Credit: David Prasad, (Obtained bia creative commons license)

If you’ve ever worried about the TSA abusing your privacy rights during a routine airport screening, chances are you were right.
TSA agents institutionalized racial profiling and the objectification of female passengers, and perversely handled images taken by full-body airport scanners while on the job, according to Jason Harrington, a former TSA (Transportation Security Administration) agent and screener at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
“We could see …

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Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the most talented actors of his generation died Saturday from an apparent heroin overdose. The 46-year old actor appeared in more than 50 films over the course of his career, and won an Oscar for “Capote.”  As The Atlantic writes, “He could puff himself up and play larger than life, but his specialty was to find the quiet dignity …

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After waiting a lifetime, an artist, 89, has his first show

Burton Kopelow

This Sunday at the Brewery in downtown Los Angeles, artist Burton Kopelow debuts his work publicly for the first time–after a lifetime of painting. Kopelow, who turns 90 in April and lives in Lake Balboa, has been working on his craft since the 1940′s, creating 2,000 canvases. Today, despite physical disabilities, he continues to paint daily.
In advance of the opening of the show, which …

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Sierra snowpack level lowest ever for late January


California finally got some badly needed rain, and a bit more is expected this weekend. But it won’t be nearly enough to quench the thirst of drought-parched California. State officials say snow levels are 12 percent of normal – the lowest they’ve been at this time of year in half-a-century of record keeping. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders are working on an emergency $600 …

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Rep. Henry Waxman, liberal lion, exiting after 40 years in Congress


Democratic Representative Harry Waxman was first elected to represent the Westside in 1975, during the Gerald Ford Administration. Now the dean of L.A.’s congressional delegation is calling it quits.
“I agonized over it, but I decided that after 40 years in Congress, with a record of accomplishment for which I take an enormous amount of pride, it’s time for somebody new, someone younger, to …

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