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Mixer: Watching the Watchers

Posted February 5, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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State regulators have been under intense scrutiny in recent history — overseeing utilities that are shutting down or shoring up nuclear power plants, dealing with an environmental disaster that’s displaced thousands, and even trying to coordinate the cleanup of a now-shuttered, lead-leaking battery plant.
So this week in Sacramento, has come a push to do something about those agencies that are responsible for regulating and …

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Olney in LA – California Clout?

Posted February 4, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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[KCRW’s Warren Olney has launched Olney in L.A., an ongoing exploration of the people and the forces that are shaping Southern California.]
For 40 years, presidential nominations have been decided before the biggest state in the union got to vote in a primary. To look at the history and why this year could be different, Warren talked with Democratic strategist Bill Carrick and  Dan Schnur, director …

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Olney in L.A. – ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ mini series

Posted February 3, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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KCRW’s Warren Olney has launched Olney in L.A., an ongoing exploration of the people and the forces that are shaping Southern California.
The first episode of Olney in L.A., on Feb. 2, 2016, covered The People v. O.J. Simpson, a mini series that the FX channel’s American Crime Story show premiered that night. Olney discussed the 1995 case that riveted the nation with Linda Deutsch, who covered …

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L.A. hones its bid for the 2024 Olympics

Posted January 29, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We’re still 18 months away from a decision on the 2024 Olympics, but there’s no time to spare for the local officials trying to secure the summer sports extravaganza for L.A. for a third time.
Los Angeles previously hosted the Olympics in 1932 and 1984.
This week, the local organizing committee – LA-24 – announced plans to house athletes on the UCLA campus instead of building …

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Going underground to dine on rich, illegal cheese

Posted January 29, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Even if you haven’t tried them yourself, chances are you know someone who has.  We’re talking pop-up dinners—when you shell out cash to go to a stranger’s house and have them cook a meal for you, usually a really expensive meal.
Pop-up dinners are nothing new for Javier Cabral, a food blogger for VICE.  But recently he went to a rather unusual one in the hills …

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If at first you don’t secede, Yes California you try again

Posted January 25, 2016 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Here in California, we never seem to be completely happy with the status quo. Almost 170 years after joining the union, there are still debates about the form the state should take. There have been all kinds of campaigns over the years to split up California. And now an ESL teacher near San Diego,  Louis Marinelli, is taking it even further. He is head of …

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Mixer: Goodbyes to Bowie, Frey and more

Posted January 22, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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In the past few weeks, the world of music has lost some gentlemen and geniuses, and a lot of melodic eloquence.
We’re still reeling from the death this week of Glenn Frey the co-founder of the Los Angeles-based band “The Eagles”, who gave us so many hits to remember. He was 67.
Frey passed away this week from complications of colitis and rheumatoid arthritis.
We also recently lost …

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Ex-gang members now hang in South L.A. ‘Kitchen’

Posted January 22, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When you think of potential locations for hot, up-and-coming places to eat, South L.A. may not be the first neighborhood that comes to mind. But that’s exactly where you’ll find an underground restaurant called Trap Kitchen LA.  And the location isn’t the only thing that’s unusual about it.
Food writer Javier Cabral checked it out recently for VICE’s food blog, Munchies. He says Trap Kitchen LA is the …

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Remembering The Eagles’ Glenn Frey (1948-2016)

Posted January 18, 2016 by | 1 Comment | ]
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There’s another heartbreaking loss for an entertainment industry that’s lost a few people over the last couple of weeks.
The co-founder of the Los Angeles band, ‘The Eagles’, has died. Glenn Frey had been stricken with rheumatoid arthritis and colitis. He was 67.
The band’s website announced his death today.
The guitarist joined with drummer Don Henley and, in Los Angeles, formed one of history’s most successful songwriting …

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Inglewood Mayor Says City Ready for the NFL

Posted January 13, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The city of Inglewood is celebrating the NFL decision to allow Rams owner Stan Kroenke to move his team from St. Louis, Missouri, to Los Angeles starting this fall.
That will put the Rams in the Coliseum, or perhaps another stadium in greater L.A. for a few years while a new home for the team is built in Inglewood.
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts tells KCRW …

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Mixer: When Tech trumps the Tach

Posted January 8, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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For decades, automakers have looked to the auto shows of Los Angeles, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and others to unveil their latest luxury vehicle and concept cars of the future.
But more and more, it’s the Consumer Electronic Show – or C.E.S. as it’s called – in Las Vegas where they’re making their big splashes.
So far, at C.E.S. 2016, General Motors …

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Mixer: A Tale of Two Cities

Posted December 18, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles Unified School District closed all of its campuses and facilities this week because of an emailed terror threat.
It claimed bombs, nerve gas and automatic weapons were stashed at several schools and an attack – the threat said – was imminent.

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Governor Brown: On His Way to Paris for Climate Change Summit

Posted December 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This week, Governor Jerry Brown heads to Paris for the United Nations summit on climate change. As the representative of the eighth largest economy in the world, he will likely be greeted more as a de facto head of state than just a governor.
Still there are limits to what a California delegation can do. In an interview on Which Way LA? with Warren Olney, …

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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 | ]
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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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