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Host Madeleine Brand looks at news, culture and emerging trends through the lens of Los Angeles.

Host Madeleine Brand looks at news, culture and emerging trends through the lens of Los Angeles.
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Santa Monica, CA

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KCRW

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Host Madeleine Brand looks at news, culture and emerging trends through the lens of Los Angeles.

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English


Episodes

Lessons from San Diego’s planned blackouts

10/18/2019
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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?

Duration:00:51:26

White House held up aid to Ukraine for political reasons

10/17/2019
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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.

Duration:00:50:07

Taking politics out of the climate change debate

10/16/2019
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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.

Duration:00:50:51

A rare voice for balance goes silent at Fox News

10/15/2019
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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.

Duration:00:50:51

What we've learned about Newsom's governing style

10/14/2019
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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 smooth sailing for Jerry Brown’s successor.

Duration:00:51:15

What we know about the Saddleridge fire

10/11/2019
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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.

Duration:00:50:34

Scheduled blackouts in California spark outrage

10/10/2019
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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 in long-term grid security.

Duration:00:50:07

White House pushes limits of executive privilege

10/9/2019
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How the impeachment fight between the Trump administration and Democrats illustrates Trump’s expansive view of presidential powers.

Duration:00:50:38

Winds, wildfire risks, and preemptive power shutdowns

10/8/2019
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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.

Duration:00:50:13

Addams Family music gets hip-hop revamp

10/7/2019
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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.

Duration:00:49:43

Presidential hopeful Cory Booker on impeachment and child poverty

10/4/2019
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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 willing to put national security interests at stake in order to pursue his petty political agenda… It's unacceptable, and if it proves true, then I think it's also an impeachable offense,” Booker says.

Duration:00:50:17

Why some African Americans are quick to forgive

10/3/2019
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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.

Duration:00:50:21

The price of being a whistleblower

10/2/2019
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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 it worth it?

Duration:00:49:36

Study says red meat isn’t so bad, outrage follows

10/1/2019
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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 people are objecting to this study.

Duration:00:49:37

Downtown LA: the center of the vaping black market

9/30/2019
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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.

Duration:00:50:45

LA MacArthur 'Genius' takes on race and incarceration

9/27/2019
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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 incarcerating many people in just a few neighborhoods.

Duration:00:51:05

EPA accuses California of polluting its water and air

9/26/2019
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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 attacked California’s laws on car pollution as being too strict.

Duration:00:50:06

Rep. Linda Sanchez on impeachment: 'We have no other choice'

9/25/2019
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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.

Duration:00:50:10

Pelosi launches impeachment inquiry into Trump

9/24/2019
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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 Biden and his son.

Duration:00:50:02

Ukraine and Joe Biden's son: an explainer

9/23/2019
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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 son Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings. "Trump’s doing this because he knows I’ll beat him like a drum,” said Biden.

Duration:00:51:35