Lori Galarreta KPCC contributing producer

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Lori Galarreta contributes to KPCC programs Take Two and The Frame.

Stories by Lori Galarreta

The intricacy and responsibility of wearing a Charro suit

It's an online shop based here in SoCal that's mission is to sell authentic Mexican products while educating customers about Mexican culture.

Breaking down the myth of California's fire season

In California, we went from extreme drought to a deluge in less than a year. Take Two ventured into the hills with an ecologist to talk about the rainfall's effect.

I can Hass avocado? California has a new 'Gem' on the horizon

First off, it's pronounced Hass (as in pass) and it accounts for 95 percent of the American avocado market. But is it here to stay?

Growing coffee in the shade of avocado trees

Ambitious growers from San Diego to Santa Barbara are putting in coffee plants, hoping that it might be the next big thing for the region.

California's oldest 100-mile foot race kicks off this weekend

On Saturday at five a.m., the starting gun will go off for the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, one of the most prestigious ultramarathons.

A refugee's guide to settling in Southern California

"The Refugees Welcome Guidebook" is a first-of-its-kind resource that offers refugees an all-encompassing book to resettling in America.

Being a teen in LA is different when you’re from Aleppo

In "Dalya's Other Country," one young woman grapples with her identity. Torn between her Muslim faith and newfound American home, she navigates between both.

Is West Hollywood still the symbol of LGBT LA?

Since the '20s West Hollywood has set itself apart as the LGBT capital of LA. So, how did it get there? And how has it shifted and changed?

Does the Southern California accent exist?

What makes the SoCal accent unique? Take Two embarked on a journey to find out, and the results took us to an unexpected conclusion.

LA's loneliest public art piece gets a second chance

Do you know about the Triforium? You've probably seen it. It looks like three giant bedazzled wishbones propped up in front of City Hall.

Neil deGrasse Tyson encourages us all to stay curious

Neil deGrasse Tyson brings the heavens down to earth in his new book, by deconstructing intricate and complicated concepts for the laymen.

The psychology behind that popular new comic from 'The Oatmeal'

Seattle-based artist Matthew Inman challenges our relationship with facts in an irreverent new comic. We broke it down with a psychologist.

'There's no place like this in the heart of Los Angeles'

Get a sneak peek tour of the 32-acre green space in the middle of Los Angeles that's been 16 years in the making. The L.A. State Historic park opens on Earth day.

Stamps celebrating Latin American dishes are 'delicioso'

Get ready! Yummy Latin American dish staples such as ceviche, tamales, empanadas and flan are being immortalized on postage stamps.

Peak LA pairings: Crème brûlée doughnuts with fried chicken

Can pastries and poultry coexist? A new shop in DTLA thinks so. Take Two ventured there to see what kind of treats and tastes Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken has brought from Washington, D.C.