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Officer Involved San Bernardino: drugs, alcohol and suspects in cars

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Today, Southern California Public Radio and The San Bernardino Sun launch the first substantive examination of police shootings in the nation’s most expansive county. Officer Involved San Bernardino is a continuation of work the station began two years ago to correct an important problem: the lack of public information around officer shootings.

Through a public records request to the San Bernardino District Attorney, which investigates every police shooting, KPCC and The Sun gathered official accounts of six years of incidents in San Bernardino County and built a database. We supplemented that data with coroner reports and other documents. Those are the same kinds of records that KPCC relied on to build the first-of-its kind database of police shootings in Los Angeles County in 2015.


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Take Two host Alex Cohen interviews L.A. Green Grounds Ron Finley

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Alex Cohen interviews Ron Finley right next to his sidewalk garden.

Earlier this year, KPCC introduced a new effort to get you more involved in the process of generating story ideas. 

At the time, we didn’t have a name for it. Now we do, and we’re excited to introduce you to "SoCal. So Curious," an initiative that will inform KPCC's programming online, on-air and in person. 

In the coming weeks, you’ll hear stories branded with "SoCal. So Curious." and inspired by you. 

This is a model that has been employed to great success at news organizations across the country as they have set out to answer questions like "Why can’t Washingtonians resist asking each other what they do for a living?" or "What is the status of the Abenaki Native Americans in Vermont today?"

Some stations have launched podcasts (Bay Curious and Brave Little State are two favorites), and the stories that have come out of this approach have been funny, unexpected and encouraging


Ask a trucker: What are your questions for truck drivers?

10 to 110 transition crash


The CHP says a truck driver suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle crash early Thursday on the collector road from westbound Interstate 10 to Interstate 110.

Driving on freeways in Southern California is a way of life. It means sharing the roads with multi-ton trucks, tractors and tankers. Now as the economy recovers from the recession, truck traffic is on the rise — and so are crashes.
KPCC is examining this trend and delving into the causes behind truck-car crashes. We’re also asking how drivers can keep themselves safe. This is where we need your help.
If you could sit down with a truck driver over coffee, what would you like to ask him or her? What would you like to know about driving next to trucks and doing that safely?


KPCC In Person puts ‘Unheard LA’ center stage


What happens when you throw out your playbook? We’re about to find out.   

KPCC In Person is the live events and engagement platform for Southern California Public Radio. We’re the folks who bring you in-person conversations between KPCC journalists and newsmakers: We produce panels and one-on-one conversations and often partner to bring favorite public radio shows and personalities to Southern California audiences.

Through our work, we’ve met fascinating people – famous and not – and discovered that many of the stories that make Southern California the dynamic, complicated place it is often go untold and, even more often, go unheard.

“Unheard L.A.” is a brand-new, three-part series of live shows in different and venues around Southern California. Each features a unique lineup of community storytellers sharing true, personal tales of struggle and survival, of hope and fear, of the unexpected and the unbelievable.


25 years later, what questions do you have about the LA Riots and their lasting impact?


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People and their belongings line a sidewalk across from a burned out apartment, 01 May 1992 in Los Angeles. The apartment was attached to a row of stores that were burned and looted, 30 April 1992. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (Photo credit should read HAL GARB/AFP/Getty Images)

Violence and destruction exploded in Los Angeles on April 29, 1992, following the jury acquittal of four LAPD officers criminally charged for the beating of Rodney King.

The L.A. Riots left indelible memories on Angelenos and people across the country. 

Now, 25 years later, KPCC is looking to you to direct our coverage of the anniversary. What do you want to know? What are the stories you would assign if working with KPCC reporters and news shows like Take Two?

Let us know by filling out the short form below, and help spread the word by sharing the link to this post. 


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