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Video: Watts ’65 in pop culture

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
From Wattstax. (L-R Schlitz Beer Rep, Jesse Jackson and Al Bell)

This week on Press Play, we’re using the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots to talk about what has changed in the South L.A. community, and what has stayed the same. 
The 1965 Watts Riots didn’t only influence politics and policy, its legacy seeped into pop culture.
In 1972, on the seventh anniversary of the uprising, the L.A. Coliseum hosted a daylong music festival called Wattstax. Referred to …

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StoryCorps on being black at a traffic stop

Posted July 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

This story about how an African American teenager was pulled over, beaten by cops, and threatened by cops is a harrowing three minutes. Alex Landau is black and was adopted by white parents. The event recounted here rattled the family and changed their understanding of how he’d be perceived out in the world.
StoryCorps has been partnering with documentary series POV to bring some of …

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‘Kony 2012′ backer shuts down

Posted December 17, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Photo via Flickr by tian2992/ Creative Commons

On tonight’s Which Way, LA? We talk about the end of Invisible Children, the San Diego organization behind the viral campaign to stop Joseph Kony, the warlord behind the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army.
You might remember the video:

Earlier this week, Invisible Children announced it was closing its doors due to a lack of funding and many are asking if the whole effort was futile.
From the Washington …

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Who is Raymond ‘Shrimpboy’ Chow?

Posted March 27, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]

Today’s must-watch is this “Gangland” documentary about Raymond Chow, the Chinatown gangster who was arrested yesterday as part of a major FBI operation that also included State Sen. Leland Yee.
Here’s more from the San Jose Mercury News:
The notorious Chinatown criminal known as “Shrimp Boy” spent nearly a decade carefully crafting his “redemption story,” inspiring kids to defy lives of crime and reaping proclamations from …

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Remembering the Baldwin Hills Dam disaster

Posted December 13, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]
Firemen escort flood victims in Baldwin Hills in the aftermath of the Baldwin Hills Dam disaster. They wade through the street using a safety rope. Photo dated: Dec. 15, 1963. 
Photography by Joe Rustan, courtesy: Los Angeles Public Library

My grandpa bought me a Honda 50 minibike for my 10th birthday. It was 1972, when the sight of a 10-year-old driving a motor bike raised few eyebrows, and I rode that Honda all over the Westside neighborhood where I lived at the time. I roared up and down the alley behind the UCLA married students’ housing on Sawtelle Boulevard and around the church …

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‘Station to Station': Riding the art train from Barstow to Los Angeles

Posted September 26, 2013 by | 15 Comments | ]
The Station to Station train at the platform in Barstow.(Photo: Carolina Miranda)

For the last twenty days, a group of writers, singers, artists and photographers have been making their way across the country in an old Amtrak train — staging rock concerts and performance art in cities from New York to Barstow. “Station to Station,” as the project is called, was the brain child of Doug Aitken, a prominent installation and video artist based in Los …

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Selling Obamacare in California

Posted September 10, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
Covered California

You can almost hear the clock on health care reform ticking.
In just three weeks, on October 1, millions of uninsured Californians can start enrolling in new health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Three months later, on January 1, those policies kick in.
To prepare Californians for the big health care changes ahead, Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace established under …

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Remembering car dealer mogul and TV ad icon Cal Worthington

Posted September 9, 2013 by and | 1 Comment | ]
Cal Worthington(1920-2013)

Cal Worthington, best known for his wacky 1970s and ’80s TV spots advertising his car dealership, has died. He was 92. The LA Times reports that he died “while watching football at his home on the Big W Ranch near Orland, Calif.” He was a folksy salesman, who had his own “go see Cal” jingle and always included his “dog Spot” in his ads. …

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Is that a drone in your backyard?

Posted July 30, 2013 by | 6 Comments | ]
Photo by La Citta Vita/ Creative Commons / Flickr

The other day I was sitting in my garden doing what I normally do there, weeding. Lulled into the calm that comes with pulling little roots out of the ground, I was in a near Zen state when an unfamiliar buzz interrupted the calm. Like a muted swarm of bees, the sound entered my space in a hurry, and set me looking around, trying …

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YouTube’s new LA studios brings Silicon Valley dollars to Hollywood creators

Posted July 24, 2013 by | 99 Comments | ]
The video wall in the lobby of YouTube Space LA.

It’s been a banner month for television on the Internet. Netflix shows “House of Cards” and “Arrested Development” got some major Emmy Award nominations. And the Writer’s Guild announced a change in their awards rules, letting online series compete with TV shows in some categories. Both are signs that online video is starting to pose some competition to the networks.

YouTube is part of that …

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New dance show sets a dark tone, despite Hollywood pedigree

Posted July 23, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]

If you combined the avant-garde choreography of Merce Cunningham with the wardrobe from the 1986 Sean Connery movie “The Name of the Rose,” you might end up with something resembling the trailer for “AXIOM,” a new dance show opening Thursday at Cafe Club Fais Do-Do in Mid City. (Embedded below.)
“It’s a dance performance, but it’s theatrical,”  said producer Kristin Campbell-Taylor. “You’re immersed in a …

News, Video »

The dirty truth about dirty diesel

Posted April 16, 2013 by | 9 Comments | ]

Soccoro Diaz is a single mom with seven kids. Just a few years ago her family was homeless and staying at a hotel. Now they live in a small, two-story, low-income apartment at the Jordan Downs Housing Projects in Watts in South Central LA. Three of her children suffer from acute asthma. Why are her kids — and a lot of other kids across …

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This week’s entertainment buzz…

Posted February 12, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]
"Walking Dead" Advertisement In Toronto's Union Station

Grammy’s deliver for CBS
The Music industry celebrated the Grammy’s Sunday making the music industry’s big awards night a very big win for CBS.  According to the L.A. Times 28.4 million people watched the ceremony which was less about awards — though there were some of those– and more about performances. Taylor Swift, LL Cool Jay, Carrie Underwood, and Justin Timberlake all got stage time. Big awards went …

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Only in LA? How Al Walser promoted his way to a Grammy nomination

Posted February 8, 2013 by | 82 Comments | ]

Al Walser is a DJ who lives in Encino and may or may not be an heir to the Rothschild banking dynasty and the grandson of Congolese music superstar Franco Luambo. He’s also up for the best dance recording Grammy at this Sunday’s awards. Before the nomination, nobody in the electronic dance music world had heard of Walser. So how did this previously unknown, …

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Lost Angels: A new documentary looks at the reality of life on Skid Row

Posted December 7, 2012 by | 28 Comments | ]

The idea began, as ideas so often do, by accident. The people on the production team of the movie “The Soloist” (based on the true story of a homeless man) were taken by the people they met on location on Skid Row. Many were employed on the film, as extras or as crew support, and the ensuing relationships have led to a new documentary …

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Where are LA’s Cold War sirens?

Posted October 9, 2012 by | 17 Comments | ]
That last test of L.A.'s civil defense sirens was in the 1980s. Since then, the sirens have been ignored and allowed to deteriorate.

I’ve always had an abiding interest in the history and culture of the Cold War, that nearly fifty-year span of the 20th Century when the United States and Soviet Union vied for global power and threatened each other, and the world ,with nuclear obliteration. It’s also chilling to learn how each country busily made plans to try to survive an atomic holocaust by creating civil …

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Video: Space Shuttle Endeavour flies over Santa Monica and lands at LAX

Posted September 21, 2012 by | 57 Comments | ]
Space Shuttle Endeavour seen from the Santa Monica Pier. Photo by Anil Dewan.

This video is pretty cool! It was sent to us by Scott Herbert, son of KCRW engineer, Steve Herbert. He got to watch the Shuttle land at LAX from his nearby office building. News footage aside, this is the best phone-captured video we’ve seen so far!
But as it turns out, Scott has a brother named Samuel who shot this incredible video of the …

Environment, News, Summer, Video »

NASA’s ‘Curiosity’ rover to land, look for signs of life on Mars

Posted July 16, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
An artist rendering of Curiosity

If you’re the nervous type, then you probably don’t want to hear about the innumerable things that could go wrong when NASA’s $2.5 billion Curiosity rover descends from the outer Martian atmosphere to the surface of our red neighbor in the late night hours of August 5th. NASA itself has dubbed the landing “Seven Minutes of Terror.” From a heat shield that will have …

Issues, Politics, Video »

Politics Friday: 5 things you may have missed this week

Posted June 22, 2012 by and | 5 Comments | ]

While you were busy getting relationship advice from Fox’s new lifestyle magazine, Romney and Obama were talking immigration and Todd Palin was getting ready for a new reality show. Here are some political stories you may have overlooked this week.

Arts & Culture, Interviews, News, Video »

Hanging out at ‘Sunset Junction’

Posted June 13, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

The web series “Sunset Junction” chronicles the lives of three of friends in L.A.’s hipster haven, Silver Lake. The catch: Characters Rosa, Phoebe and John aren’t skinny jean-clad, bicycle riding musicians or aspiring micro-brewers. They’re actual lake creatures — a duck, a snail and a frog, respectively — brought to life by stop-motion claymation in two-minute mini-episodes reminiscent of those “Penny” cartoons from “Pee …

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