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I focus stories on college students who are at a crossroads, particularly those on the first rung into higher education. Many of those students are trying to overcome academic and other challenges because they believe college will be the path to a better life. How do the people around them -- in their personal lives and at the institutions they attend -- help or hinder their success?
Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
A Southland non-profit manages the largest video archive of Holocaust survivor testimonies. The original videotapes are degrading and the Shoah Foundation has begun a massive effort to transfer their content to digital format. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
The economic downturn's forcing many people to cut back on luxuries. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talked to the owner of a small coffee roasting company in Long Beach who's struggling to convince customers that gourmet coffee is indispensable.
Forty years ago today soldiers shot and killed dozens of people at an antigovernment rally in Mexico City. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says Los Angeles activist groups have organized an afternoon of performances this weekend under the motto, "We will not forget."
For the last century in classical music, the dominant force has been the large symphony orchestra of about one hundred musicians. Smaller chamber orchestras have worked hard to carve out audiences in the shadow of their larger, more flashy siblings. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has done just that for four decades. The orchestra opens its season and celebrates its 40th anniversary Saturday night. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
The roots of avant garde music extend back to World War Two when American and European musicians created experimental compositions. Experimental music's signature work is John Cage's composition Four Minutes, Thirty-three Seconds. It's that much silence, intended to turn listeners' ears to the sounds that surround them. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that a new generation inspired by experimental composers and performers is feeding a growing music scene in and around L.A.'s Echo Park neighborhood.
Increasingly, California school districts are rethinking instruction at their middle schools. Weak test scores and new research about what works is jump-starting some of the changes. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that one Southland school district is ahead of the pack.
A state appeals court has ruled that illegal immigrants enrolled in California public colleges can't pay reduced in-state resident tuition. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the details.
Sacramento's withheld funding from schools as lawmakers squabbled for more than two months about how to close a multibillion dollar deficit. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talked with some school administrators to gauge their responses to the budget deal.
State education officials are applauding the latest results from the mandatory California High School Exit Exam. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more on the figures released on Tuesday.
The state's yearly Academic Performance Index scores are out. They went up statewide. The Los Angeles Unified schools as a whole also showed improvement. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
After years of controversy, drama, and emotion-filled board meetings, the Roybal Learning Center, formerly known as the Belmont Learning Complex, opened its doors to students Wednesday. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
Many public schools in the Southland welcomed students to their first day of school Tuesday. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez visited a campus where the youngest students are pretty sure to learn the meaning of the word "kindergarten."
DJ culture, with its turntables, record scratching, and fashions, is ever-present in mainstream television, movies and advertising. An exhibit at a downtown L.A. gallery argues that East L.A. DJ's as far back as 30 years ago and the Eastside parties where they played constitute an overlooked chapter of DJ culture. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports about the gallery's efforts to unearth cultural history.
The Getty Museum has hired Michael Brand, the director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, to be its new director. The appointment comes as several Getty officials find themselves under investigation.
If you're about to enter college, it's time to nail down plans to move into student housing and probably past time to secure your plan to pay for tuition, fees, and living expenses. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports about one Southland high school graduate who's struggled to raise the money he needs before he's supposed to enroll at one of California's elite universities next month.