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Mixer: Campus Activism Roils the Southland

Posted November 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Today, Occidental College President Jonathan Vietch announced some steps he’s taking in the wake of protests on campus over lack of diversity and racism at the school.
To be sure, Occidental — in the past — has ranked very high on lists of the most diverse liberal arts schools across the country.
But Vietch responded to demands on campus by saying the school will increase funding for the school’s …

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Mixer: Violence in Mideast, Ripples in LA

Posted October 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Over the past three weeks, the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict has seen yet another uptick in violence.
At least 40 Palestinians and nine Israelis have been killed in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
And protests and deadly clashes have, once again, become the daily norm.
At the United Nations, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said about the violence: “We need to keep the situation from escalating into …

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Walking a City Where the Car is King

Posted October 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

Los Angeles is a city that’s constantly reinventing itself and, in many ways, a place where people come to reinvent themselves.
It’s also a place defined by cars and car culture – where people drive from point A to point B, rarely stopping along the way.
Author David Ulin writes about a the spaces you might miss while car commuting in his new book, “Sidewalking: Coming to …

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Douglas Fairbanks, the first king of Hollywood

Posted October 20, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
1934 Publicity photo of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. for his final film, "The Private Life of Don Juan." Photo credit: Public domain

When we think of people in the movie business who’ve played major roles both in front of and behind the camera, names like Robert Redford, Woody Allen, and Angelina Jolie tend to come to mind. But there was a much earlier generation of movie stars who did it all—one of them was Douglas Fairbanks.
Tracey Goessel is the author of a new Fairbanks biography, “The …

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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 …

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Mixer: Climate change legislation melting

Posted September 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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 …

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Agness “Aggie” Underwood, the queen of the LA crime beat

Posted September 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Agness "Aggie" Underwood at her desk in 1949, two years after becoming the city editor for the Los Angeles Herald and Express. She kept a baseball bat handy in case she needed to keep overzealous Hollywood press agents in line.

In the first half of the twentieth century, the city of Los Angeles was seen by many as a dangerous place. And newspapers were full of lurid details of bizarre crimes.
For years, the queen of that crime beat was Agness Underwood. “Aggie,” as she was known, covered some of the city’s most sordid murders for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. By 1930, Aggie had worked her …

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Mixer: LAPD focuses on South LA

Posted September 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles Police Department says it’ll send dozens of elite officers into South LA in response to an increase in crime and reported gang violence.
August saw a big rise in homocides in the city, with about half of the 39 killings taking place in the neighborhoods there.
Police Chief Charlie Beck blamed a lot of the violence on an increase in gang crime.
This week alone …

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Leaving your job without a Plan B

Posted September 4, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]

Leaving a job can be a tough thing to do. Leaving a job with no other job is downright frightening.
Now imagine leaving a dream job, the host of a national radio program listened to by millions of people, for years and years, and over the course of time, it comes to you: it’s time to go.
That’s what former Marketplace host Tess Vigeland did in …

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How to reduce the disparities in colon cancer outcomes

Posted September 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Freddie Muse, center, and other members of The Men's Cancer Network

This week we’ve been looking at colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States for men and women, combined. It is expected to kill about 50,000 people this year. And African-Americans are at the highest risk of getting diagnosed with the disease, and dying from it. In this third and final part of our series, we’ll hear from activists …

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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.

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Why African-Americans are at a greater risk of colon cancer

Posted September 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Dr. Donald Henderson, a gastroenterologist and colorectal cancer specialist, at his office in Inglewood. Photo by Avishay Artsy

Each year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer, and more than 50,000 die from it. That’s bad news, but for African-Americans, it’s even worse.
“African-Americans are more likely to get colon cancer, they’re more likely to have an advanced stage of disease when they’re diagnosed with colon cancer, they’re more likely to die from colon cancer and they have shorter survival after diagnosis …

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Saving the animals after Katrina

Posted August 27, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

Ten years ago, after Hurricane Katrina struck the shores of the Gulf Coast, when the levees broke and the waters began to rise, the world watched in horror as New Orleans drowned.
Images of evacuees filled the screen 24/7. Tens of thousands of people who were forced to flee the city they lived in and go to higher ground. For months. Permanently in many cases.
But …

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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 …

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A tour of LA history through restaurant menus

Posted August 13, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]

Los Angeles has a rich culinary history, due to the waves of immigrants who settled in Southern California and brought their food traditions with them. The restaurants they opened can tell us a lot about how people use food to shape their own identities of community, culture and class. A new book and exhibit of old LA restaurant menus reveals how the city has …

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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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Mail-order music company Columbia House goes bankrupt

Posted August 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

The world of getting music is very different from how it used to be. And there’s news this week that one of the main ways you used to get music is on the outs.
One of the music clubs that would send you hit albums for extra cheap – with one caveat – has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Columbia House offered a dozen albums or more …

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As classical season ends, renovations begin

Posted August 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

A world class institution for classical music here in Santa Barbara has been raising quite a bit of money lately. The Music Academy of the West is striving for $17.5 million, as part of their Capital Campaign. They’re at $11.7 million so far, and as the summer season wraps up, work is beginning to expand the campus and better train classical musicians. Music Academy President …

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Spoken word with a message

Posted August 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Ise Lyfe

The act of the spoken word goes way beyond speech. It can involve rhythm and rhyme, though not necessarily. And more heart and performance than just words.
Marc Bamuthi Joseph and fellow spoken word artist Ise Lyfe are doing a show tonight – along with other performers – at the Skirball Cultural Center, as part of the Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution show called …

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President Jimmy Carter on Iran, religion, race and politics

Posted July 29, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]

President Jimmy Carter spent four years in the White House, and is going on 35 years, post-presidency.
In the years since he walked away from Washington, he set up the Carter Center in Atlanta, which has overseen elections, advocated democracy, and advanced public health initiatives all around the globe.
The 39th President of the United States has written more than two dozen books over the years. …

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