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An agency known as DTSC — or the Department of Toxic Substances Control — is charged with monitoring California's hazardous waste. Recently the group Consumer Watchdog has been investigating the DTSC and has claimed that the agency is falling down on the job.

Bureaucracy makes China's pollution problem a tough fix

Despite extreme pollution, environmentalists have struggled to enact any reform in China. Barbara Finamore is China Program Director for the National Resources Defense Council. She explains how pollution in China compares to what we see in the US.
California To Raise Gas Tax
If we suddenly have all this oil, how come we're paying so much for gas? Reporters at Bloomberg News have been asking that question as well.
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Federal program helps divert smugglers from criminal life

U.S. Attorney's Office runs a program that gives low-level smugglers a chance to get straight with the law, before they get a record. Jill Replogle from the Fronteras Desk reports.
2011 Winter TCA Tour - Day 4
Yesterday, after weeks of speculation, NBC made the official announcement that the Tonight Show will leave its current home in Burbank and move to New York. Come next spring, Jay Leno will give up his post as host of the late night show and Jimmy Fallon will take over from the Big Apple.
British Actors Hugh Dancy
Top acting roles keep going to Brits – and to a lesser degree, Aussies. We'll speak with Claudette Roche, dialect coach for British actors who has worked with actors on Boardwalk Empire and American Horror Story

Update from Obama's San Francisco DCCC fundraiser

Last night in San Francisco, President Obama kicked off a series of eight fundraisers he'll hold across the country this year to raise money for the Democrats in the midterm elections. Sitting president's parties don't historically fare well in the midterms and guests last night paid thousands of dollars for some facetime with the president.
Los Angeles Mayor
It's Take Two's ticket to all the latest political news coming out of downtown Los Angeles with KPCC's politics editor Oscar Garza and and politics reporter Alice Walton.
Texas Rangers v Houston Astros

How Rawlings makes baseballs for the big leagues

It's an amalgam of cork, rubber, wool, leather and cotton and weighs about five ounces. If you are really good at throwing it, catching it, or hitting it, you can make a lot of money.

The Dinner Party: Spirit nests, milk vodka, and more

On tap this week: Artist Jayson Fann creates human-sized "spirit nests" for people, which mimic bird nests, British farmer Jason Barber's milk vodka is the hot new poison for celebrities, and this week in history celebrates the birth of chewing gum.
LAFD Training - 1
The Los Angeles Fire Department is hiring new firefighters for the first time in five years. There are 13,000 applicants, but fewer than 150 will attend the academy. KPCC's Hayley Fox says the LAFD hopes many of those accepted will be women.
Academy diversity
A new documentary explores how tattoos have moved from a sign of rebellion to a trendy fashion statement. Plus, share your tattoo stories with us!

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