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February 21, 2020
LA and and 14 other California counties have a new system for voting in this year’s presidential election. Now voters can go to one of the nearly 1,000 community voting centers around the county. The first ones open on Saturday.
February 20, 2020
LA artist Pae White has two new giant installations at the Beverly Center. One features more than 900 twisted neon tubes, and the other has more than 70,000 pieces of colorful glazed tiles.
February 19, 2020
Producer Richie Jackson says being gay is the most special thing about him. He came out in 1983. But he warns his son -- and others -- that it’s tougher to be gay now than decades ago. His new book is “Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son.”
February 18, 2020
“Gentefied” follows three cousins and their immigrant grandfather who try to save the family’s taqueria as gentrification creeps in. We speak with the Latinx creators of the show.
February 17, 2020
On this Presidents Day, we air a special half-hour replay of two of our favorite interviews. Comedian Ronny Chieng makes the case for an Asian president of the United States. Cedric Burnside talks about growing up as the grandson of blues legend...
February 14, 2020
LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey this week dismissed 66,000 marijuana-related convictions in the county. She describes the work that went into it, and addresses critics who say the timing (just before an election) is suspect.
February 13, 2020
The Sacramento-based newspaper giant McClatchy filed for bankruptcy today. McClatchy says it plans to continue operating its 30 newspapers while it restructures. McClatchy’s staff has already been cut in half over the past seven years. We look at...
February 12, 2020
Fresh off his New Hampshire primary win, can Bernie Sanders do the same in Nevada, the next state to vote? Nevada doesn’t have many delegates, but it is much more diverse than Iowa and New Hampshire.
February 11, 2020
Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has the best shot at beating Donald Trump in a general election, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out Monday. That same poll has him in third place nationally, behind Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.
February 10, 2020
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is in fourth place among New Hampshire Democratic primary voters, according to a new poll. She’s tied with former Vice President Joe Biden, and behind Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy Klobuchar. Why is...
February 7, 2020
The Sundance film festival just ended, and the Oscars are this Sunday. Filmmakers worldwide have been traveling to the U.S. to promote their works and hit the awards circuit. But new visa requirements and President Trump’s travel ban have made it...
February 6, 2020
President Trump is expected to focus on the economy to boost his case for reelection. Unemployment is at record lows and the stock market is at record highs. But many Americans aren’t feeling financially well off. They’re dealing with high costs...
February 5, 2020
President Trump delivered his State of the Union reelection speech on Tuesday, with Republicans cheering and united behind him. Democrats were embarrassed by tech problems during the Iowa caucuses, and by the poor showing of Joe Biden. Is Trump...
February 4, 2020
California Governor Gavin Newsom wants to halt physical education testing to help protect kids from body shaming, bullying, and gender identity discrimination.
February 3, 2020
The U.S. has roughly one dozen confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, and about half are in California. Dr. Syra Madad says, “We are currently battling two types of outbreaks. One: the actual coronavirus outbreak happening at the global scale. And...
January 30, 2020
Antonio Banderas has an Oscar nomination for “Pain and Glory,” in which he plays an aging film director with health problems and regrets. It’s Banderas’ eighth film with Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar.
January 29, 2020
Senators now get to ask both sides questions over two days. Attorney Alan Dershowitz argued today that even if President Trump sought a reelection advantage by freezing aid to Ukraine in exchange for a probe of the Bidens, it could still be seen as...
January 28, 2020
The NBC comedy “The Good Place” is ending this week. The series follows four people in the afterlife. We speak with creator Michael Schur. He talks about the idea of our actions resulting in negative or positive values, and today’s world...
January 27, 2020
Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Sunday. Hundreds honored him at a vigil outside of LA Live and at the Grammy Awards.
January 23, 2020
The House managers are making the case that President Trump violated his oath of office and should be removed. Republicans are apparently unconvinced. Also, the Trump administration is getting rid of clean water protections for millions of people.
January 23, 2020
It’s day two of President Trump’s impeachment trial, with opening arguments underway. We get in-depth analysis. Plus, Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal talks about his new score for the 1927 silent film “Sunrise.”
January 20, 2020
Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement.
January 17, 2020
Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who led the investigation into President Clinton that resulted in his impeachment, is now part of President Trump’s defense team. Alan Dershowitz, one of OJ Simpson’s defense attorneys, is also on Trump’s...
January 17, 2020
House prosecutors marched to the Senate today, where Adam Schiff, House Intelligence Chairman and the trial’s lead prosecutor, read aloud the two charges against Trump. Chief Justice John Roberts swore in all 100 Senators as jurors. House...
January 15, 2020
The House has voted to send the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also named California Congressman Adam Schiff as among the impeachment managers for the Senate trial. Schiff speaks to us about...
January 14, 2020
Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks with us about his endorsements for presidential candidate Joe Biden and LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey. We also discuss housing and homelessness.
January 13, 2020
Governor Gavin Newsom launched a week-long homelessness tour today. California has more than 150,000 people living on the streets -- and a multi-billion dollar surplus.
January 10, 2020
California Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2020 budget exceeds $220 billion. He wants to devote a billion of that to helping the homeless. He also wants California to become the first state to sell its own generic prescription drugs. We break down his...
January 9, 2020
The United States and Iran have been enemies since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. But our relationship with Iran is much more complicated. It goes back far longer than the fateful day the Ayatollah Khomeini returned from exile, or when Iranian...
January 8, 2020
Today President Trump announced no new military strikes against Iran for Tuesday’s rocket attack, but he will impose new sanctions. We find out what that means.
January 7, 2020
The Pentagon said today that Iran launched ballistic missiles targeting at least two Iraqi bases that were reportedly housing U.S. troops. This comes after last week’s U.S. airstrike that killed Iran’s top military leader, Qassim Suleimani.
January 6, 2020
Harvey Weinstein now faces formal criminal charges in Los Angeles. He’s accused of raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in 2013. Meanwhile, his trial in New York begins today. We look at his various legal battles.
January 3, 2020
The California Consumer Privacy Act forces certain companies to give customers an option to say, “No, I don’t want you to keep or sell my personal data.” It has implications nationwide.
December 24, 2019
On this Christmas Eve, we replay interviews with artists whose works recently earned Golden Globe nominations. We hear from the creator of HBO’s “Chernobyl,” the music composer of “Chernobyl” and “Joker,” and the director of “The...
December 23, 2019
Several experts, tastemakers and trendsetters at KCRW bring you arts and culture stories all year. They’ve come up with their top everything of 2019, including restaurants, books, movies, documentaries, TV shows, music, and even architecture.
December 20, 2019
Assembly Bill 5 goes into effect in 2020, and it’s aimed at protecting gig economy workers by reclassifying them as employees. This week, Vox Media laid off about 200 of its California freelance journalists, partly blaming the new law. Now...
December 19, 2019
The House voted Wednesday to impeach President Trump. We discuss how that could hurt Democrats in 2020. We also hear from Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez on complaints that DNC rules have kept diverse candidates off tonight’s...
December 18, 2019
The House of Representatives today voted on two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Next month, the Senate will likely vote to acquit Trump. How will this affect the 2020 election?
December 17, 2019
Rossi is a former public defender for both LA County and the federal government. She says the biggest thing LA County needs is change from the status quo, and that one of her main platform issues is supporting victims, listening to survivors, and...
December 16, 2019
The Supreme Court lets stand a lower court ruling saying it would be cruel to allow sweeps of the homeless if they have nowhere else to go. How will LA respond? We hear from LA City Councilmembers Mike Bonin and Bob Blumenfield.
December 13, 2019
Prime Minister Boris Johnson orchestrated a landslide victory in yesterday’s UK election, resulting in the biggest Conservative majority in Parliament since Margaret Thatcher won a third term in 1987. That lifts the last remaining roadblocks for...
December 12, 2019
Billionaire presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg is going all-in on California, especially after Democratic Senator Kamala Harris dropped out of the race. He also spent $58 million on TV ads since announcing his candidacy last month. We break down...
December 12, 2019
At least 10 women have accused Tony Robbins of either sexual harassment or general mistreatment. The most serious allegation is that Robbins may have sexually assaulted a minor who attended one of his seminars nearly 35 years ago. These allegations...
December 10, 2019
Two articles of impeachment were announced today against President Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, explains how the House settled on these two articles. We also ask...
December 9, 2019
Today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing has lots of interruptions from Republicans as they try defending President Trump. House Democrats are likely to deliver articles of impeachment against Trump by week’s end.
December 6, 2019
Getting into any University of California school has gotten much tougher compared to a decade ago. One educational consultant says this is one of the most stressful climates he’s seen for parents and students. We get guidance on managing...
December 5, 2019
California Democratic Congresswoman Karen Bass sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which held its first impeachment hearing on Wednesday. She tells us that impeachment is urgent: “We must act now. We cannot allow our own president to interfere...
December 4, 2019
Today the House Judiciary Committee heard from four legal experts on what constitutes an impeachable offense, and whether Trump’s actions related to Ukraine fit the mold. Republicans used their time to argue that the inquiry is motivated by...
December 3, 2019
The California Democratic senator announced today she’s suspending her campaign for president, exactly two months before the Iowa caucus. In a statement, Harris said her campaign didn’t have the funds to continue.
December 2, 2019
A sudden spike in gasoline prices two weeks ago set off protests in Iran. Now at least 180 people have been killed in the government crackdown. It’s the deadliest period of unrest in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
November 29, 2019
On this day after Thanksgiving, we replay some of our favorite music-themed conversations. We talk to rock musician David Crosby, look at the legacy of singer Linda Ronstadt, and learn why the Carpenters are huge in the Philippines.
November 27, 2019
Many people are shopping on Amazon this time of year. Free one-day shipping can mean workers injuring themselves by working too fast, and delivery vehicles increasing air pollution. We also discuss ways to help the homeless year-round, and get...
November 27, 2019
The Cave Fire sparked in Santa Barbara on Monday, and residents have been ordered to evacuate as it spreads. Fires are the norm in California, as well as Australia. But Australia has developed a warning system that California might want to emulate.
November 25, 2019
“Dolly Parton’s America” is a new podcast by Jad Abumrad. He says Parton’s apolitical stance is “something of a spiritual stance,” and she’s so endearing because she doesn’t cast anyone out and has an aura of safety and forgiveness.
November 22, 2019
The two weeks of public impeachment hearings are over. We talk about what we learned, the questions raised, and what to expect next.
November 21, 2019
These past two weeks have been historic, with key figures testifying that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, and that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence were “in the loop.” Trump also...
November 20, 2019
Gordon Sondland said there was a quid pro quo in dealings with Ukraine, and that he assumed military aid for Ukraine had strings attached. Sondland also implicated senior administration officials, saying they were all “in the loop.”
November 20, 2019
Former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer says the U.S. has a broken government because corporations bought it. He argues that he can fix it because he has “a special history of succeeding.” He explains how he’d change tax laws, and why he chooses...
November 18, 2019
Thousands of political junkies and many presidential hopefuls gathered in Long Beach over the weekend for the California Democratic Party Convention. We recorded a special show there, looking at the state of the primary race in California, what...
November 15, 2019
The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine says she was the target of a smear campaign. As she testifies, President Trump attacks her on Twitter.
November 14, 2019
Public hearings into the impeachment inquiry started Wednesday. After six hours of monologues, grandstanding, and political theater, you might be ready to tune it all out. But the Watergate hearings were can’t-miss TV.
November 13, 2019
William Taylor, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, testified today before the House Intelligence Committee. He sat alongside another career State Department official, George Kent. Democrats wanted to prove that President Trump had corrupt intent....
November 12, 2019
California has one of the weakest systems in the country for punishing police officers who’ve committed crimes, such as drunk driving, pedophilia, and manslaughter. A group of newsrooms worked together to create a public list of all of these officers.
November 12, 2019
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program faces a big test before the Supreme Court on Tuesday. We learn what’s at stake before the court, and hear from a DACA recipient who’ll be there.
November 8, 2019
A year ago today, the Camp Fire broke out in Paradise, CA. More than 80 people died, and some 20,000 structures were destroyed. Many survivors fled to Chico, and they’re still there. The influx of people is straining that city to the brink of...
November 8, 2019
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra wants Facebook to turn over emails, documents, etc. related to an 18-month investigation into the company’s data protection and privacy practices.
November 6, 2019
In a letter sent to the California Public Utilities Commission, 22 California mayors argue that creating a co-op structure would make PG&E a more financially stable company, and doing so would regain the public’s trust.
November 5, 2019
Roger Stone headed to court this morning for his long-awaited trial. It’s one of the last, lingering threads from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year investigation into Russia’s interference into the 2016 presidential election....
November 4, 2019
After President Trump threatened to pull federal aid from California over its handling of wildfires, Newsom tweeted, “You don’t believe in climate change. You are excused from this conversation.” The governor has also threatened a state...
November 2, 2019
Chris Garcia tells his dad’s story in the new podcast “Scattered.” His dad fled Cuba during Fidel Castro’s reign, and spent time in a forced labor camp and psychiatric hospital. He fled Cuba to give his wife and kids a better life in the U.S.
November 1, 2019
This morning, a bitterly divided U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution guiding the rules of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. It is the latest step in moving the investigation out of a secure chamber in the Capitol’s...
October 30, 2019
Senator Kamala Harris’ Brentwood home is under evacuation orders because of the Getty Fire. She talks about what should be done about utility companies in the wake of wildfires, plus why her campaign has lost momentum, and how her health care...
October 29, 2019
The Getty Fire has burned more than 650 acres, and is only 5% contained as of this morning. The fires release black carbon, or soot, into the atmosphere, which has negative health effects. How does that air pollution differ from typical LA smog?
October 28, 2019
Fires in Southern and Northern California are forcing residents to evacuate.  More than 1000  firefighters are on the scene of the Getty fire, hoping the weather will cooperate. But as a state-wide emergency becomes the new normal, is California...
October 25, 2019
The Tick fire that started northeast of Santa Clarita on Thursday is up to 4,300 acres and only 5% contained (as of 9:30 AM PT today). We check in with residents at an evacuation center in Santa Clarita, where hundreds of people are staying.
October 25, 2019
SoCal Edison and PG&E cut off power to hundreds of thousands of customers this morning across California. It’ll take several years for the utilities to adopt more effective wildfire prevention strategies. How can customers prep for blackouts in...
October 23, 2019
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren want a wealth tax. We find out what that means. And in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, people who earn $200,000 to $300,000 per year are claiming they’re tapped out.
October 22, 2019
The “Queer Eye” star opens up about being sexually abused at a young age, and how that trauma led to binging and purging, abusing drugs, and becoming a sex worker.
October 21, 2019
At a cafe, it’s awkward when you pay for a pastry or coffee on an iPad, then the screen asks how much you’d like to tip (or not tip). The cashier and customers in line are staring at you. What do you do?
October 18, 2019
Fires ravaged San Diego in 2007, and scheduled power shut-offs caused chaos. Since then, the city has made improvements to their power grid and their scheduled outage procedures. What can San Diego teach the rest of California’s utilities?
October 17, 2019
Mick Mulveney confirmed that the White House held up military aid to Ukraine partly because Trump wanted the country to investigate the 2016 election. This seems to undercut Trump’s statement that no quid pro quo was involved.
October 16, 2019
What will change the minds of climate change skeptics? An astrophysics professor suggests reframing the climate debate in a more positive light -- as a result of human evolution.
October 15, 2019
Shepard Smith recently announced his resignation from Fox News. He strove to be as even-handed as possible when reporting. He was the anchor Fox News repeatedly pointed to when critics accused them of being a full-on propaganda machine for Trump.
October 14, 2019
Gov. Gavin Newsom has approved more than 800 bills. Some changes Californians will see: new protections for renters, abortion medication on college campuses, later start times for high school and middle school students. But it hasn’t all been...
October 11, 2019
We get the latest on the Saddleridge fire that’s moving fast in the San Fernando Valley. Scheduled blackouts are continuing for hundreds of thousands of Californians, with the exception of big tech companies in Silicon Valley.
October 10, 2019
Hundreds of thousands of people in Northern California are without electricity right now. PG&E has cut power during this week’s windy weather to avoid sparking another wildfire. Residents are upset and concerned that PG&E isn’t investing enough...
October 9, 2019
How the impeachment fight between the Trump administration and Democrats illustrates Trump’s expansive view of presidential powers.
October 8, 2019
PG&E says it may cut power in Northern California starting Wednesday due to fire risks. SoCal Edison says it could cut power between Wednesday and Friday because Santa Ana winds are in the forecast.
October 7, 2019
The beloved TV show “The Addams Family” is hitting the big screen. It follows the macabre family as they move to New Jersey and start a suburban life. KCRW DJ Chris Douridas is the music supervisor for MGM Studios’ new film.
October 4, 2019
U.S. Senator Cory Booker says there’s nothing untoward on the side of Joe Biden and his son Hunter -- when it comes to the story of Trump asking Ukraine to investigate Biden. “That this president is trying to change the subject, and he was...
October 4, 2019
In a Dallas courtroom on Wednesday, a former police officer was convicted of murder for killing her African American neighbor, then she got a hug from the victim’s brother and the judge.
October 2, 2019
A new book documents how New York Times reporters broke the story of Harvey Weinstein. And for other women who came forward with sexual misconduct allegations, some lost their jobs, others lost their savings, and many were subject to harassment. Was...
October 1, 2019
A new analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine says red meat and processed meat might not be so bad for you, so no need to cut back. This is after years of research saying eating red meat can be linked to cancer and heart disease. Lots of...
September 30, 2019
The Toy District, a hub of cheaply-made products imported from China, is now the heart of an exploding market of illicit vape products. We’ve seen an outbreak of vaping-related lung illness this summer in nearly every state.
September 27, 2019
LA resident Kelly Lytle Hernandez recently earned a MacArthur "Genius" grant: $625,000 to pursue her work with no strings attached. Her " Million Dollar Hoods " project found that most of LA’s nearly $1 billion jail budget is spent on...
September 26, 2019
The EPA sent a letter today to Gov. Gavin Newsom, accusing California of failing to provide clean water. Earlier, it complained about the state’s dirty air and threatened to withhold federal highway funds. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has...
September 25, 2019
More than 200 House Democrats, including every California Democrat, now say they support an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Congresswoman Linda Sanchez announced her support on Tuesday afternoon.
September 25, 2019
For months, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi resisted the mounting calls from her caucus to start impeachment proceedings. But she said her tipping point was the recent revelation that President Trump pressured the Ukranian president to investigate Joe...
September 23, 2019
President Trump today dismissed allegations that he asked Ukraine’s president to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden hit back while he was on the campaign trail in Iowa this weekend, lambasting a reporter who asked him about his...
September 20, 2019
As people worldwide are protesting climate inaction today, we hear from a professor who incorporates “eco-grief” counseling in her classes. We also look at the doomsday scenario if the Sacramento Delta’s levees collapse, which would leave...
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