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An easy place to do business: sex trafficking in Santa Barbara

Posted July 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Researcher Kyli Larson. Photo: Gina Potthoff/Noozhawk

A report released to the public this week sheds light on a disturbing trade in Santa Barbara County: domestic sex trafficking.
According to study, 45 separate child survivors were confirmed between 2012 and 2014 (43 of which were living in the county), along with 80 suspected child survivors and 461 children considered “highly vulnerable” to the trade.
To compile the report, funded by the Santa Barbara Foundation, researchers Kary O’Brien and Kyli …

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Christian war memorial will remain atop Mt. Soledad

Posted July 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A long-running fight over a Christian cross atop Mt. Soledad in San Diego County appears to be coming to an end. The cross will stay.
A non-profit group has purchased a half-acre parcel of land in La Jolla where the cross is located from the federal government: the Department of Defense, to be exact. The reported sales price is $1.4 million.
The 43-foot cross has been …

Environment, Issues, News, Politics »

Brown goes to Rome to talk climate with Pope Francis

Posted July 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to Rome to attend a symposium on climate change with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
The two-day event, which begins tomorrow, is intended to increase of awareness and galvanize action on climate change and modern slavery, two pressing issues highlighted in the Pope’s recent encyclical.
Pope Francis has called for action by local political leaders to address climate change in response …

Arts & Culture, News »

On making ‘Live?Die?Kill?:Los Angeles’

Posted July 17, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Marty Michel at the VA Hospital in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy: Karen Michel

Pierce Brothers Memorial Park in Westwood Village has the so-called cremains of Merv Griffin, Farah Fawcett, Peggy Lee, Marilyn Monroe and lots of other TV and motion picture types and titans. It’s just walking distance from the first apartment my parents and I lived in.
Now, decades later, my parents Ellen and Marty Michel are back in their original hood; that is, their ashes are. …

Environment, Issues, News, Santa Barbara, Summer »

Last closed beach reopens in SB oil spill zone

Posted July 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When a corroded pipe operated by Plains All-American burst on May 19th, a river of crude flowed into a creek that empties into the ocean at Refugio State Beach, a popular camping spot north of Santa Barbara.
Today, Refugio reopens – marking a significant milestone in the long-running cleanup process, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which is overseeing the effort.
Officials …

Food, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: on the fly

Posted July 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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, she followed Scarlett Begonia chef Avery Hardin around the market as he let the day’s produce inspire his Tuesday “On the Fly” menu.

Here’s the scoop. The restaurant offers 3 courses (plus a craft cocktail) every Tuesday for $35. Avery might have some inkling in his …

Arts & Culture, Interviews, Issues, News »

Film chronicles Stanford Prison Experiment

Posted July 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Stanford Prison Experiment was a study done close to 44 years ago, that examined the psychological effects on students acting as prisoners and guards in a mock prison.
The experiment was funded by the U.S. Navy.
A professor at the Palo Alto campus, Dr. Philip Zimbardo supervised the experiment that involved about two-dozen students.
It was supposed to go one to two weeks, but instead was …

News, Press Play: Making LA »

Making LA: Policing

Posted July 16, 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 LAPD has gotten a lot of praise for reducing crime and improving relations with minority communities. But violent crime is actually up this year (homicides are down).
The national conversation about police shootings has also touched Los Angeles. So far this year, Los Angeles police have shot 21 people. That’s nearly one a week.
Press Play takes a closer look at today’s LAPD with Executive Director …

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How do you make an Emmy nominated show? (And full list of Emmy noms)

Posted July 16, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
Game of Thrones leads the Emmy nominations.

Emmy nominations have been announced (see below) with Game of Thrones leading the pack with 24 nominations. KCRW has gone behind the scenes with a number of the nominees to find out what it takes to make their nomination-worthy work.
Better Call Saul was nominated for four Emmys, including outstanding drama series. On an episode of KCRW’s The Spin-off, you can hear fromBob Odenkirk and Jonathan …

Environment, Issues, News »

A new chapter in battle over downtown L.A. oil wells

Posted July 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The owners of a downtown L.A. oil field that shut down two years ago amid complaints that it was making neighbors sick want to start pumping again. It could be an uphill fight, though.
Neighbors had complained for years that noxious emissions from the facility were fouling the air – causing respiratory problems, headaches and nosebleeds. In spite of a long list of violations that …

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