An ambitious redevelopment project in Watts has locals concerned about the environment. The problem is that the soil is contaminated with lead, arsenic, and other industrial chemicals. Community activists say the city's plan to clean it up doesn't go far enough.
Once upon a time, about 100 years ago, a group of men put forth the idea of ranching hippos on the Gulf Coast. Host Alex Cohen speaks with Jon Mooallem about this bizarre moment in history, which he wrote about in his latest story, "American Hippopotamus."
In Jack Kerouac's classic novel, "On The Road", he writes about an affair he has with a young woman named Terry, also known as "The Mexican girl." Not much was known about this woman, until poet Tim Z Hernandez started looking into it.
It's Thursday and that means it's time for State of Affairs, our look at politics and government throughout California. This week we have a very special treat for you, our State of Affairs Year-in-Review edition.
In July, Spanish-Language TV network Univision hit a ratings milestone, topping NBC, ABC and FOX in the number of viewers between the ages of 18 and 49. It's also the year media executives began targeting Latino audiences with more programming in English.
How about a foot race? A nice long one, say, 135 miles through Death Valley. Unfortunately, you'll be running it all by yourself. The official race, known as the Badwater 135, sent runners from Badwater Basin to near the top of Mount Whitney.
Take Two, exclusively on 89.3 KPCC, 89.1 KUOR and 90.3 KVLA in southern California, and on 88.9 KNPR in Las Vegas, captures the spirit of the West in a conversational, informal, witty style and examines the cultural issues people are buzzing about.