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UCSB Professor Oliver Chadwick on Rapa Nui’s Natives

Posted February 3, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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An international team of researchers are exploring a new theory surrounding the mysterious demise of Rapa Nui’s natives, those who built larger than life “moai” statues on the small Polynesian island known as Easter Island. University of California, Santa Barbara geography professor Oliver Chadwick studies Polynesian cultures and co-wrote the recently published study. He sat down with KCRW’s Kathryn Barnes to discuss his findings …

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‘The Penguin Counters’ Debuts at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Posted February 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The documentary “The Penguin Counters” is being shown at the Santa Barbara international film festival. The film tells the story of adventurers who go to Antarctica to count penguins.
“Chief penguin counter” Ron Naveen stopped by our KCRW Santa Barbara studios to talk with our morning edition host Lisa Osborn. Lisa told him he should receive the award for traveling the furthest to get to …

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Edgar Allan Poe published “The Raven” 170 years ago today

Posted January 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.” So goes the beloved poem by Edgar Allan Poe.
“The Raven” was first published in the New York Evening Mirror on January 29, 1845 – 170 years ago today.
It tells the story of a talking raven’s midnight visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man’s slow descent into madness as he laments the loss of his love, Lenore.
Charles E. May is …

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A long-lost recording of Martin Luther King Jr. at UCLA

Posted January 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Communities across the country today are celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There have been rallies and parades, including here in Los Angeles.
King made such an impact in the 1950s and ’60s through his words and speeches, fighting for civil rights for Americans of all races.
We’re all familiar with his famous speech at the March on Washington in 1963.
But King gave another, lesser-known speech to …

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Why we hate hearing recordings of our own voice

Posted January 16, 2015 by | 4 Comments | ]
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You don’t have to be in broadcasting or a singer or actor to be able to hear your own voice on a recording. It might make you cringe to listen to yourself.  But how we hear ourselves – on mic,  or even in our ears – is different from how others hear us speak.
A study completed at Stanford in 2006 had performers sing into a microphone …

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Science stories to follow in 2015

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The new year is always about looking forward and setting resolutions. A quest for renewal and new knowledge for the next 365 days.
With that in mind, there are some science and health stories that we followed only modestly in 2014, that will likely come up again in the coming year.
And KCRW’s Barbara Bogaev joined us with a round-up of some of those stories that we …

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Emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas, higher than expected in LA Basin

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A sensor atop Mount Wilson has found that methane emissions in the greater L.A. area are up to 61 percent higher than what the government says.
In a study published this week in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, researchers say the largest concentrations of methane were found at ground sites in Pasadena and across eastern portions of L.A. County.
The research, however, did not find out …

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A dingy, forgotten space transformed by art

Posted January 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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From blighted underpass…

…to vibrant art space
Out-of-sight spaces often harbor the unsavory aspects of a city, best overlooked. But from 2006 to 2013, the underpass on the fringe of downtown near the LA River was the site of a glorious re-invention, one that included all manner of art and people from all walks of life. “God’s most destitute place on earth” as nearby graffiti declared it, …

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The year that was: Lisa Napoli’s 2014 in review

Posted December 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles can be a daunting place to explore, which is why I love what I get to do here at KCRW–root out interesting people who are doing interesting things that might otherwise not get much media attention.
To that end, here’s a short-list, in no particular order, of some of my favorites stories I had the privilege of telling in 2014, in case you missed …

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Beverly Hills turns 100: Watching the city on the silver screen

Posted December 30, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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What was once a Spanish ranch that grew lima beans, the city of Beverly Hills was incorporated in 1914.
And thanks to its proximity to Hollywood, it soon became synonymous with the glitz, glamour and scandals that swirl around Tinseltown.
Hollywood historian Marc Wanamaker joined KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis to talk about the role of Beverly Hills in the popular imagination.
They discussed the movie’s depiction from the days of …

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Converts to Judaism Struggle to Give Up the Christmas Tree

Posted December 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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For me, Christmas was always something other people did. I grew up in a Jewish home, so I watched the holiday’s rituals unfold from afar, as people on TV and in the homes of friends hung ornaments on a tree, unwrapped presents, drank eggnog and wore ugly reindeer sweaters.
As a kid in the United States, it’s literally impossible to avoid Christmas, unless you live …

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The miracles and misery of Mt. Carmel in Santa Barbara

Posted December 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Sister Jean Marie walks through freshly sprouted clover around the mobile homes that she lives in with Sister Patricia and Sister Mary Anne. This is where they've resided since the monastery project went belly up. Photo by Paul Wellman

A tale of miracles and misery in Santa Barbara’s wine country has been unfolding for decades. This week, the Santa Barbara Independent tells the fascinating story.
Senior editor Matt Kettman tells KCRW’s Lisa Osborn how the dashed dreams of cloistered nuns laid roots for some of Santa Barbara’s finest wine producing fruit.

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Mixer: Attack on Hollywood; what’s next?

Posted December 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The FBI confirmed today that North Korea was behind the crippling cyberattack that prompted Sony Pictures to cancel the release of “The Interview,” and President Obama says the nation would respond.
Obama said of the people behind the hack: “they caused a lot of damage, and we will respond.”
While the president didn’t provide specifics, he did say that he thought Sony had “made a mistake” by canceling the movie’s …

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Can money buy you happiness? Up to a point, yes

Posted December 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The holidays are a festive time for a lot of people.
Maybe you enjoy the songs and the pageantry of Christmas, or the tradition of lighting your menorah candles.
But it’s also a sad time for a lot of folks who look at the holidays as a time when there’s something missing. Or something that could be better.
Sounds like life in general, right?
There’s no question, there …

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Design solutions for climate change

Posted December 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There may be passionate debate about it in political circles as to whether it’s happening, or what’s causing it, but scientists almost completely agree: climate change is real, and will lead to rising sea levels and more extreme storms.
So how do we, as people, adapt?
Obviously, logic would tell us to try to stem the initial damage somehow.
But we, as people, also have to create things to …

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Cargoland: The billion-dollar trash trade

Posted December 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Did you know one of the biggest exports through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is junk?
In economic terms, we call them recyclables. Most are going to China to be reused or refashioned into goods that country will then turn around and sell back to us.
All this week we’ve been hearing about the various activities that take place at the Ports of Los …

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Cargoland: Artist Cathy Opie on her 10-day cargo ship ride

Posted December 3, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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I didn’t go to artist Cathy Opie’s house explicitly to see the bunnies, but before I got to talk to her about what did lure me over to West Adams, I got a tour of this extension of her existence. Her partner, Julie Burleigh, has, over the last five years, converted an eyesore abandoned lot down the block from their house into a community …

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Art meets kitsch: Self-described snob displays mom’s vast collection of turkey platters

Posted November 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Art dealer Mat Gleason and his mother, Helen

Mat Gleason, a longtime figure in the LA art scene, admits that he long pooh-poohed his mother’s proclivity for scavenging through antique stores and swap meets. “I was always snobby about her collections,” he told me as we stood in a gallery he’s just taken over next to his Coagula Curatorial.
Then his mother, an 80-something year old mother of seven, asked to see a show of …

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How Shazam is changing the music industry

Posted November 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Here’s a question for you: Have you ever been listening to KCRW – or, yes, any radio station in your car – or stood inside a bar or music store and heard a song you wanted to identify, and then whipped out your phone and Shazam’d it?
Shazam is an app – and there are others out there as well – that listens to a …

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When AM radio ruled Los Angeles and made musical stars

Posted November 12, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Influential DJ Dave Diamond passed away this spring

When was the last time you listened to AM radio in search of some great new music?  Harvey Kubernik’s latest book, “Turn Up the Radio! Rock Pop and Roll in Los Angeles, 1956-1972″ is an homage to the time when people toted around transistor radios with great devotion–when AM deejays discovered acts you hadn’t heard before.
Few personified the power and charm of that medium more …

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