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#SoCalSoCurious: What are your questions about the Southern California coastline?

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Beach goers soak in the morning sunshine on Venice beach.

We’re only days into the official summer season, but we’ve been feeling the summer heat for weeks. That’s gotten many of us in the KPCC newsroom thinking about retreating to the beach. And judging by the weekend traffic, we’re not alone.
 
As we get deeper into the summer months, we want to be here to help answer your burning questions when it comes to our stretch of the California coastline. What have you always wondered or wanted to know? Curious about sharks or the proper etiquette for tanning, beach clean-up days or the safest swim spots? Send us your questions, and we’ll aim to answer them as part of “SoCal. So Curious.,” one of the ways you can inform KPCC's programming online, on-air and in person. 
 
How does it work? Ask a question and click submit.
 
Once we start receiving questions, we’ll share them here.

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Goodbye, Car Talk

Car Talk

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Ray Magliozzi, left, and his brother, the late Tom Magliozzi, hosts of National Public Radio's "Car Talk" show, with their cartoon likenesses in Cambridge, Mass., in 2008.

Car Talk has been a staple of public radio for 30 years. Tom and Ray Magliozzi showed you could be funny and intelligent on public radio. After all, their raw material was two of the most important topics in America: cars and relationships. The brothers became part of our lives; part of our weekend routines.

But WBUR stopped producing new shows when Tom Magliozzi died in 2014. Instead, they repackaged it as a "best of." And now the producers are shutting down production of the show entirely. So, sadly, it’s time for us at KPCC to say goodbye. We'll air our final Car Talk this weekend: Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25.

KPCC will continue to offer Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, A Prairie Home Companion and many of the engaging, high quality programs you have come to trust and expect from KPCC. 

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Big changes for Off-Ramp host John Rabe

John Rabe

Off-Ramp host John Rabe with 90-year old sax legend Big Jay McNeely outside McNeely's home in South LA.

Beginning July 5, John Rabe, veteran radio journalist and longtime host of KPCC's Off-Ramp, will become 89.3 KPCC's Production and Promotions Director. The new role will allow the station to integrate more of John's aesthetic throughout the program schedule.

"John embraces Southern California and its amazing diversity," says Kristen Muller, Head of Programming and Content Innovation. "He brings the region’s people, places and stories to life like nobody else. As KPCC strives to improve its service, it makes sense to put our strongest broadcasting foot forward. That’s John."

John first joined KPCC as the host of “All Things Considered” in March 2000. For the last 11 years, he’s hosted “Off-Ramp,” where he’s displayed a unique ability to connect Southern Californians through sound. The show has won many awards (including ‘Best Public Affairs Show’ from the RTNDA) and has been a launch pad for talented producers and reporters including ‘The Dinner Party Download," Queena Kim, Kevin Ferguson, and James Kim. 

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Meet KPCC’s 2017 summer interns

KPCC's summer 2017 interns.

June is an incredibly exciting time in the KPCC newsroom. While many folks are planning their summer vacations, we’re welcoming a new class of interns to our content team. This summer, 10 early-career journalists and students will learn and contribute to our newsgathering effort. The interns are invaluable to what we do over the summer, and we invariably learn from and are inspired by them. 

These new KPCC team members bring with them a wealth of insights and experience. They come to us from near and far, and with areas of expertise that range from podcasts and arts journalism to print reporting and photography. 

Four interns have started so far this month, and we have six more coming in the next couple of weeks. Please join us in welcoming them to the team. 

To learn more about them, check out this gallery we’ve put together. Throughout the summer, you can also follow the hashtag #KPCCinterns to see what they are up to. 

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You are part of the KPCC family. Show us how and you could win!

You are part of the KPCC family. Show us how and you could win!

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Share a photo of how you are part of the KPCC family and you could win this prize pack!

Right now, you have the chance to win a KPCC Prize Pack! Just share a photo of how you are a part of the KPCC family on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #kpcclove. Or email it to us at kpccmembership@gmail.com and we'll make sure you’re entered to win.

  • Do you listen to Morning Edition or Take Two on your ride to work?
  • Do you share your lunch with AirTalk or Fresh Air?
  • Do you unwind on the weekends with Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!?

Whatever makes you feel part of the KPCC family, share it on social media! We’ll select a winner at random to take home a KPCC Prize Pack, complete with a beach towel, T-shirt, sunglasses and more! This contest ends Monday, June 5 — the first day of our June member drive — so good luck!

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