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Summer reads from Carolyn Kellogg of the LA Times

Posted July 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As the July 4th weekend begins, we asked LA Times staff writer Carolyn Kellogg to offer some recommendations of the best books to take with you to the beach.
She met up with KCRW’s Lisa Napoli at the Echo Park Boathouse to share her top three picks.
Wendell Steavenson, “Circling the Square”
Linda Rosenkrantz, “Talk”
Etgar Keret, “The Seven Good Years”

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Making LA: Government

Posted July 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The greater metro LA area has about 16 million people. Ten million of those — more than a quarter of the state’s residents — live in LA County, the most populous county in the country.
And LA County encompasses not just the city of LA (population 4 million, second only to New York), but 87 other independent cities.
That’s a lot of government. And as a …

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Nicholas Winton dead at 106, saved hundreds of children during the Holocaust

Posted July 1, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Nicholas Winton holds a child in a train station in Prague in 1939. Winton helped save more than 650 childen by getting them out of Czechoslovakia before the Nazis arrived.
Courtesy Nicholas Winton

British humanitarian Nicholas Winton has died. He was 106 years old.
Winton was a British stock broker in the 1930s, who organized the rescue of hundreds of mostly Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.
It happened right as Allied forces were getting ready to fight in World War II.
One of those kids was the mother of KCRW’s Kim Masters, who interviewed Winton about 7 years ago in …

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The Santa Barbara shake that shaped a city

Posted June 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Ninety years ago (a Monday, just like today), Santa Barbara shook. At 6:44am in 1925, a 6.8 earthquake centered in the Santa Barbara Channel rocked the city, killing 13 people and all but leveling most of the downtown area. Historic parts of the city sustained serious damage, including buildings like the courthouse, churches and schools.
The destruction was severe, but, in a time when communication and …

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An artist and father explores the idea of sharing

Posted June 19, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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How do you teach your child to share? It’s a challenge that every parent confronts. After all, the word “mine” is one of the first words to come out of a toddler’s mouth, and children see their toys as extensions of themselves.
The artist Joel Tauber has been wrestling with this issue. He and his wife Alison have two kids: Zeke, who’s 5, and Ozzie, …

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Boyle Heights students honor their school’s namesake

Posted June 17, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School in Boyle Heights is a living history lesson for the kids who attend it. Students learn about the Mendez family in Orange County, and their successful 1946 challenge to end segregation after their children were refused the right to attend their neighborhood school because of the color of their skin. The Mendez case set the stage for the more familiar landmark Brown vs Board of Education, …

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Mixer: Bradley legacy one of coalition and change

Posted June 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Tom Bradley was Barack Obama before “Yes We Can” and predominantly white Los Angeles was forbearer to a nation that would eventually elect its first black leader.
Bradley moved west with his family, early in his life, settling in LA. After public school, he attended UCLA and later went to work in the Los Angeles Police Department, promoted as far as Lieutenant.
He won election to the …

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Police violence and the case of Ezell Ford

Posted June 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Candles burn at a memorial for Ezell Ford in Los Angeles as protestors demonstrate as people gather to protest after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, N.Y. on December 05, 2014 in Los Angeles, United States. (Photo by Mintana Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) | Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Los Angeles Police Commission is being criticized by both community activists and the police union, for its ruling yesterday that one officer violated department policy, but another was justified in firing his weapon at Ezell Ford, an unarmed, mentally ill black man.
In ruling that Officer Sharlton Wampler’s use of deadly force in the death of Ford last August violated LAPD policy, the commission …

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Mixer: A groundbreaking study; but was it a fraud?

Posted June 5, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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UCLA graduate student Michael LaCour published a study in Science magazine last December, suggesting that people who opposed or were on the fence about same-sex marriage can be convinced – cajoled, coerced – to change their minds after having a conversation with a gay or lesbian canvasser.
And, the research suggested, those changed opinions lasted, and spread.
Here’s the scenario: Someone shows up at your door, …

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Mixer: Cue LA’s on-screen destruction

Posted May 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Whether or not a movie is made in this company town, Hollywood seems to really like one thing: destroying Los Angeles.
Some examples include the movies The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Escape from LA (1996), Battle Los Angeles (2011), Earthquake (1974), This is the End (2013), and Independence Day (1996).
Maybe your plans include the latest iteration of imagination and conflagration on the big screen: San Andreas.
That …

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Lucy Jones live-tweets and fact-checks “San Andreas”

Posted May 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
A still from the film "San Andreas"

Hollywood is hoping its latest disaster flick will shake things up at the box office.
“San Andreas” stars Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson and Paul Giamatti, about a series of giant western earthquakes.
Los Angeles and other areas in the state are decimated. Buildings topple, fires are everywhere, and the destruction is massive. And the quake is so big that it triggers other quakes across the country.
We know Hollywood loves …

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Echoes of 1969 in the Santa Barbara oil spill

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Cleanup continues along the central California coast, after a broken crude oil pipeline Tuesday ruptured and spewed oil down a storm drain and into the Pacific Ocean.
Vessels have deployed three sets of floating booms to try to keep the two slicks from spreading, while other boats are skimming oil from the sea surface.
Officials say up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked out, and about 21,000 …

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The rock ‘n’ roll legacy of a Sunset Strip hotel

Posted May 18, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
Robert Plant at the "Riot Hyatt."

The debauchery and nihilism of the 1970s rock scene is perfectly captured in the Andaz West Hollywood, a hotel on the Sunset Strip that was then called the Continental Hyatt House and later the Hyatt on Sunset.
Bands like The Doors, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin all spent time at the “Riot House,” trashing their hotel rooms, starting fires and convincing their …

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Mixer: What other cities can teach LA about the minimum wage

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles City Council is moving forward on a plan to raise the citywide minimum wage to $15 by 2020, up from the current $9 an hour.
Labor leaders call it a major step forward for lifting workers out of poverty.
But some business leaders – particularly restaurant owners – are pushing back. They want an exemption for workers who earn tips.
The issue of raising the minimum …

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RuPaul on a career in drag, self-expression and having fun

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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There’s ComicCon, and AdultCon, FilmCon and James Caan. This weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center, there’s DragCon – that’s drag as in drag shows.
The two day convention that starts Saturday is being billed as the “art of drag, queer culture and self-expression for all.”
Men dressing as women is nothing new. But it’s not the taboo that it once was, as it’s gained a …

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Meet at the market: Meet your meat-maker

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week’s guest? Elizabeth Poett, an eighth-generation Santa Barbara cattle rancher who lives and works on one of Santa Barbara County’s oldest family-owned ranches, Rancho San Julian in Lompoc. She’s got some great ideas for how to use unusual cuts to wow friends and family this …

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A star-studded birthday: Griffith Observatory turns 80

Posted May 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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One of LA’s most beloved and iconic landmarks turns 80 years old today.
Griffith Observatory sits atop Mount Hollywood, gleaming white and visible from miles around.
It’s a true LA tourist attraction, away from the glitz of Hollywood, but very much a part of it as well.
Films such as “Rebel Without a Cause,” “The Terminator” and others have had scenes filmed there.
The graphic designer and documentary …

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How women were the unsung heroes of the Mexican Revolution

Posted May 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Soldadera: Leandra Becerra Lumbreras, the year before her death at age 127

The artist Nao Bustamante was already working on a show about soldaderas, the women who fought with and ably assisted the troops in the Mexican Revolution, when she learned about Leandra Becerra Lumbreras–said to be the oldest survivor of the conflict that began in 1910.
She arranged to take her crew to Mexico to interview this woman who said she had fought the war “with her tortillas,” …

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Getting up close and personal with the upfronts

Posted May 11, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Fox's "Empire" is one of this year's big success stories.

A KCRW TV Interview Roundup
In the world of network television, this week is a big one. The annual upfront presentations by all the major networks are happening at different locations throughout New York. This is the time when press and advertisers gather to listen to TV executives present their new shows and schedules for the upcoming season and encourage media buyers to make their ad …

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Mixer: The word “genocide,” and its importance to Armenians

Posted April 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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From Kim Kardashian to the Pope, the cause to recognize the Armenian genocide has gotten vocal support in recent weeks, leading up to today’s centennial anniversary.
Armenians point to solid evidence from historians that genocide, at the hands of the Ottoman Turks, indeed took place. But Turkey claims it was not genocide, only killings that took place during turmoil amid a relocation effort. The United States, a …

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