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It's time for KPCC's third annual Public Radio Bracket Madness voting! We've got 15 new shows, 17 returning shows and the addition of public radio podcasts. Let's do this.

Elton John boycotts Dolce & Gabbana after 'synthetic children' remarks

Dolce and Gabbana are locked in a public argument with Elton John over their recent remarks saying same-sex couples shouldn't raise children.

With instruments packed, the LA Phil and Gustavo Dudamel head for Asia

Did you ever wonder what it takes to prepare more than 120 musicians and secure more than a few priceless instruments for a two-week tour?

'The Jinx' joins list of documentaries intervening in legal cases

The developments in the HBO series highlight the critical role that documentary producers and filmmakers have played in criminal cases.

Former Toto bass player Mike Porcaro dies at 59

No cause was given for Porcaro's death Sunday, but he had suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease for several years. He left the group in 2007 because of declining health.

Lebowski Fest: White Russians, bathrobes and bowling

As the "Big Lebowski" phenomenon grows each year, diehard fans wonder if the increased exposure is taking the festival out of its element.

Aykroyd, Belushi widow launch Blues Brothers record label

The new record label is dedicated to the development of blues artists. The label's music will be distributed by Capitol Music Group's Blue Note Records.

With sunny, modern homes, Joseph Eichler built the suburbs in style

The developer was known for well-crafted tract homes that dotted California suburbs after World War II. "The architecture really does inform the way you live," says Eichler homeowner Adriene Biondo.

Making pies for Pi Day: Think inside the circle

As math lovers know, it's Pi Day. And what better way to celebrate than by rolling out the dough? An NPR editor known for her experimental baking shares some of her favorite recipes.

How can I experience SXSW without actually going?

There are ways to enjoy the festival vicariously without succumbing to soul-cleaving jealousy.

Sundance is to Oscar hopefuls as SXSW is to irreverent comedies

The South by Southwest Film Festival has become a showcase that makes room for both scrappy little indies and really big comedies. And there's plenty of TV, too.

Pianist Josh Nelson on "Exploring Mars," performing live

What does Mars sound like on a piano? Pianist Josh Nelson came up with one answer on his latest album, "Exploring Mars."

Serena Williams ends 14-year boycott with return to Indian Wells

Williams boycotted the BNP Paribas Open after she was booed there at 19 years old after her sister Venus pulled out of a match.

How Robert Williams of Juxtapoz went from outlaw artist to mainstream

"Once you take the sophistication out of art you have a much larger and imaginative playing field... A cartoon has a far far larger vocabulary than any other form of art."

LA Marathon: Cyclists to ride the streets before the race

The event was originally a bike race but was cancelled last minute due to a lack of permits last year. It continues on as a bike ride and not so much a race.

8 fun and almost-free things to do this weekend

It’s going to be a hot one, Angelenos. Slap on your sunscreen and let's hit the town. Here's everything you need to know.