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KPCC photographer gets on gear to shoot a California wildfire.

Behind the scenes with KPCC science reporter Sanden Totten.

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Walk in the shoes of our science reporter Sanden Totten as he takes us inside JPL and let our data journalist Chris Keller show you the massive lines of code behind our Fire Tracker.

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Sanden covers everything from advances in medical technology to dinosaur fossils and space exploration. Some recent highlights of his work include a feature on the blue-footed booby and a series on the ecology of SoCal beaches


KPCC DIGEST AM (Oct. 2)—California copes, survey says, judge rules, strategy stalls and the next possible crisis is only 15 days away

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1. Government shutdown: How Southern California is coping (KPCC)

Impact of the shutdown on Southern California is affecting offices and facilities overseen by federal agencies, resulting in furloughs, sending ripples through the economy, and touching the lives of ordinary people who want to renew a passport or travel.

For example: EDD reports an average of 246,217 people were employed by the federal government in California over the last 12 months; NASA celebrated its 55th birthday on the day it was forced to close, and Joshua Tree could be turning away up to 7,000 people per day.

2. California GOP Congressman disagrees with his party strategy on shutdown (KPCC)

Not all Republicans in Congress are pleased with current strategy. One California GOP member is disgusted with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and the Tea Party House members he blames for the impasse and for pushing the party off a cliff.


KPCC DIGEST PM (Oct. 1)—'Revenge porn' bill, protecting the gray wolf, CicLAvia tips, DWP docs, what makes someone Jewish?

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People enjoy the view from a lifeguard structure as the sun sets at Seal Beach, south of Los Angeles on July 9, 2012.

1. 'Revenge porn' bill signed by Gov. Brown (KPCC)

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill outlawing so-called "revenge porn" in California. It takes  effect immediately and is aimed at people who post nude pictures of their exes online after bitter breakups — an increasing problem in the age of social networks.

The law makes it a misdemeanor to post nude pictures of someone without permission with the intent to cause emotional distress or humiliation. The penalty is up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The ACLU had opposed the bill, arguing it might restrict free speech rights.

2. Santa Monica airport reopens; crash investigation stalls in government shutdown (KPCC)

Santa Monica Airport reopened for business Tuesday following a private jet crash that killed at least four people on Sunday.


KPCC DIGEST AM (Oct. 1)—Government shutdown, musical instrument breakdown, electronics powerdown, toxic trickle-down

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1. The first partial government shutdown in 17 years (KPCC)

As much of the federal government grinds to a halt, President Barack Obama is telling the U.S. military he'll push Congress to re-open the government as soon as possible. Congress missed the deadline for averting the first partial government shutdown in 17 years.

As the clock struck midnight Monday, House Republicans were demanding that the Senate negotiate their demand for a one-year delay in President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law.

2. Obamacare: Everything you need to know about enrolling in California (KPCC)

Open enrollment for health plans will begin Tuesday, October 1, 2013, ushering in a new era of health coverage in California and new confusion around coverage options and responsibilities.

KPCC has complete coverage of the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act — Explore our Interactive Cost Calculator to see your options at a glance, read FAQs on Obamacare and MediCal expansion, and skim through a glossary of helpful terms.


KPCC DIGEST AM (Sep. 30)—Congressional impotence enfeebles US government, and other news about hot and dangerous wind

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A dry, cracked river bed in San Joaquin County, California, circa 1950.

1. If the government shuts down, what will be open? (KPCC)

Congressional impotence has enfeebled the U.S. government to the brink of shutdown — a partial closure will go into effect after midnight on Monday if lawmakers can't agree on a muddled funding measure. Under a partial shutdown, not every agency would lock its doors; those considered essential, or "exempted," would remain open. But which ones?

Federal employees were to be notified Friday if they should report to work on Tuesday in the event of a shutdown. For example, some USGS offices would close, but CIA spies would keep working. See our list.

2. California's Obamacare insurance marketplace poised to launch Tuesday (KPCC)

The head of Covered California — the health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare" — says it will be ready for business when it opens Tuesday.