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Mixer: Pushing Deasy; from iPads to iQuit

Posted October 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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After more than three years heading the LA Unified School District, John Deasy stepped down from his post this week.
Howard Blume is longtime education reporter at the Los Angeles Times, and Vanessa Romo writes for the news website LA School Report. Both joined in for the Mixer.

Deasy is set to remain with the district on “special assignment” (read: a little golden parachute) through the end of …

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State Senate President pro tem Kevin De Leon speaks with KCRW’s Warren Olney

Posted October 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The incoming president pro tem of the California state Senate is usually sworn in during a quiet ceremony in Sacramento.
But, last tonight, more than 2,000 guests attended a $50,000 gala inauguration bash for Los Angeles Democrat Kevin De Leon at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
They celebrated De Leon becoming the first Latino to lead the state Senate in more than 130 years.
The California Legislative …

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HBO to offer standalone streaming service

Posted October 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The top premium cable TV channel in the U.S., HBO, will start selling a streaming, web-based feed of the movie channel with all its original programs starting next year, for people who do not have cable or satellite TV.
During an investors’ meeting at the New York headquarters of parent company Time Warner today, HBO CEO Richard Plepler said the move will target 80 million …

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‘A Path Appears’: Nicholas Kristof’s reasons for optimism

Posted October 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Nicholas Kristof at KCRW. Photo by Avishay Artsy

Every attempt at making the world a better place for people, starts with – you guessed it – people. What a surprise, right? We, as human beings, affect other human beings.
But that way-oversimplified thesis means nothing if not for good deeds and philanthropy, heart, and, of course, a dose of money too. How everyday people are creating paths to a better world.
A new book …

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Mixer: Is LA making traffic inroads?

Posted October 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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I don’t know where you are right now… but if you’re reading this, chances are you’re close to a web page that will show a geographic freeway map of Los Angeles.
And the 10, 110, 101 or 405 may not be cooperating with your travel plans.
But is it getting better, or are Angelenos still languishing in congested ridiculousness, with no end in sight?
Laura J. Nelson …

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Translating the mysterious sound of the shofar for deaf congregants

Posted October 3, 2014 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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This weekend marks the culmination of the Days of Awe, a time of intense soul-searching that began with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. Jewish communities gather to listen to the trumpet-like blast of the shofar, a ram’s horn, to wake themselves up to the hopes and possibilities of a new year.
It’s one of Judaism’s most powerful traditions. But what happens if you can’t …

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Photos: Traversing Australia with camels

Posted October 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
When Robyn and her caravan reached the Indian Ocean nine months and 2000 arduous miles later, the camels were thunderstruck at the sight of the ocean. They had never seen so much water. They would stop, turn to stare at it, leap sideways, look at one another with their noses all pointed and ridiculous, then stare at it again, then leap forward again. Bub went straight in for a swim. He had not yet learnt what caution was.  © 2014 Rick Smolan/Against All Odds Productions

37 years ago, National Geographic – known for its iconic photographs of nature and its inhabitants – sent American photographer Rick Smolan on a strange and life-changing assignment.
His job was to document the travels of a 27-year-old Australian woman across the desolate outback there.
Robyn Davidson was accompanied only by four camels and a dog.
And Rick Smolan.
The 9-month, 1700-mile journey was captured in Davidson’s astonishing …

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Where feminist art began: Revisiting ‘Womanhouse’

Posted October 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Doesn't look historic, but the grounds on which this building sits played an important role in art history

533 N. Mariposa Avenue is an ordinary looking apartment building on a hilltop in the nether land between Koreatown and Los Feliz.  The most remarkable thing about this quiet street is its view of the Griffith Park Observatory.  But the ground on which it sits turns out to be a hallowed bit of contemporary art history.
Back in 1972, pioneering artists Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, along with 21 …

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Los Angeles says bye-bye to flat-top skyscrapers

Posted September 29, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
View of Los Angeles' downtown skyline. Photo by jondoeforty1 via Flickr/CC.

Los Angeles is home to 745 of the state’s 1,700 high-rises, and it is the only city in America that requires flat rooftop helipads. But as of today, that rule is no longer in effect.
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Councilman Jose Huizar and fire Chief Ralph Terrazas at the top of the AT&T Center building to announce the changes to the 1974 rule.
The revised …

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Deasy under increasing scrutiny from School Board

Posted September 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The L.A. School Board is expected to hold a closed-door meeting tomorrow. That in itself is nothing out of the ordinary.
What is unusual is that this is a specially called closed door meeting. And L.A. Times education reporter Howard Blume says the focus will almost certainly be on the future of LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy.
Deasy has been under fire for issues connected to the …

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Joan Rivers’ archive? The joke could be on all of us

Posted September 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When many of us sit down to draw up a will and think about what we might leave to our heirs, we’re looking at perhaps a home, a car, some jewelry, maybe some stocks.
But when it comes to a celebrity, there can be a lot more involved – especially memorabilia.
And that got Seth Abramovitch – a senior writer at the Hollywood Reporter – thinking. …

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What happened to ‘hidden tracks’ on albums?

Posted September 18, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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How many times has this happened to you?
You’re listening to a CD, the song fades and you think it’s over. But then – surprise!
Hidden tracks have a long tradition in recorded music, especially in the rock & roll era. And bolstered by digital recordings on compact disc.
Those hidden tracks are present on the album, but they’re not listed on the album cover.
KCRW Music Librarian …

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Rethinking the ‘death industry’ in America

Posted September 15, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]
Caitlin Doughty, author of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Other Lessons From the Crematory"

No one likes to talk about death. Well, almost no one.
It’s creepy, right? Scary, disturbing, uncomfortable. But one mortician and writer says it doesn’t have to be those things.
Caitlin Doughty is on a crusade to get us to look mortality straight in the eye.
She’s a licensed mortician and funeral director here in Los Angeles.
She joined KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis to talk about her new book, …

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The vanishing neighbor and America’s changing community

Posted September 12, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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There’s been a lot of fighting lately. How about we get to know one another?
There was a time when people who lived around you, knew you.
But in today’s social media landscape, we don’t really much talk to anyone, let alone understand who they really are.
So what happened? Why aren’t Americans as neighborly as we used to be?
Marc J. Dunkelman is author of the new …

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Preservationists rail against plans to ‘deforest’ Lincoln Boulevard

Posted September 11, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Some people want the mural preserved

The school that sits at the busy corner of Lincoln and Ocean Park Boulevards in Santa Monica was first built in the 1920s as an elementary school, named for environmentalist John Muir. It’s covered on two sides with a mural of the Muir Woods, painted in his honor back in 1978. For decades now, the structure has housed Olympic High School, a small city-run school for at-risk youth.
After …

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The fruit flies of youth

Posted September 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
The humble Drosophila melanogaster - the fruit fly.

It sounds like a miracle, but UCLA biologists say they have identified a gene that can slow the aging process when activated.
Working with fruit flies, UCLA scientists have used a gene called AMPK to increase the insects’ life spans by about 30 percent.
One of the team leaders, Associate Professor of integrative biology David Walker, says that when the gene is activated in the intestine …

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George Takei: ‘We didn’t want a vanity project’

Posted September 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
George Takei at Midtown Comics (Photo ourtesy of Falco Ink)

If you want to make a documentary about George Takei, Star Trek’s Lieutenant Sulu, LGBT activist and meme-maker, it helps to be a Star Trek fan. When he was first approached by “To Be Takei” filmmaker Jennifer Kroot, George Takei and his husband Brad were wary. “We were very skittish at first,” Takei told Kim Masters on The Business, but the couple eventually gave her access to …

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A ‘Fashion Police’ writer remembers Joan Rivers

Posted September 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Fans and comedians alike are mourning today the death of trailblazing comic Joan Rivers, who died today at the age of 81.
Rivers spent more than five decades making us laugh – and think – with her often raucous and sometimes raunchy jokes about people, sex and, of course, fashion.
That last genre was a hallmark of Joan Rivers who made a profession out of calling …

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‘Snackable’ art served up by LACMA’s social media maven

Posted September 3, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Maritza Lerman Yoes said she was worried when she first joined Snapchat on behalf of her employer, the LA County Museum of Art–believed to be the first art institution to deploy the youth-oriented social media app. Would the brand of irreverence necessary to succeed on Snapchat offend her bosses at the museum?
The answer is, it seems, no: Last week one of the big VPs asked …

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A boat race along the Los Angeles River

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles River often evokes the image of a concrete channel, with perhaps a trickle of water running through it.
The river was paved with concrete in the 1930s to prevent flooding.
It’s been a popular Hollywood backdrop, from John Travolta’s drag-racing scene in “Grease” to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s motorcycle chase in “Terminator 2.”
So the news that outdoor enthusiasts are holding the first-ever boat race there …

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