Jacob Margolis

Science Reporter

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From the consequences of climate change to the next Big One, the threat of another natural disaster is never far away. I help Southern Californians understand the science shaping our imperfect paradise and get them prepared for what’s next.

Stories by Jacob Margolis

Will the Blackbirds housing development change Echo Park?

Los Angeles is filled to the brim, quite literally, with single family homes. So, does a new high end development in Echo Park help at all?

New music from Melody Gardot, Richard Thompson and more

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. A Martinez sits down with music journalist Steve Hochman to chat about what he's been listening to.

One day this robot might save your life

THOR, or Tactical Hazardous Operations Robot, is built to respond to and operate within disaster scenarios. It's one of many robots competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge right now. Watch live.

What it was like scouting locations for the 'Entourage' movie

What's it like to have to find and book all of the fancy places that people see in the new 'Entourage' movie? The film's location scout reveals his secrets.

How the "Water Witch" kept Las Vegas hydrated

Sin City has lived under the threat of running out of water for years, but one woman has saved the city in the desert from drying up.

Reading by Moonlight: 'Valley Fever,' Lummis Day and more

Look up in the sky tonight and you will notice it's a full moon, which means it's time for David Kipen to come on to talk about the latest in literary news.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Ola Fresca, Monoswezi and Bomba Estéreo

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. This week music journalist Steve Hochman joins Alex Cohen in the studio to talk about his picks.

How Hollywood is embracing virtual reality

Tech companies around the world are building their own virtual reality devices to cash in on entertainment's latest trend, but how will Hollywood use the tech?

Susanna Hoffs: Why The Bangles broke up and got back together

Susanna Hoffs talks about why The Bangles broke up and got back together, her favorite songs to perform, and how it was partying with The Go-Go's in Las Vegas.

Will El Niño help or hurt California?

It's looking more and more like El Niño will visit us this year, but what does that mean for the drought? And what sort of impact will have on the rest of the world?

Drought shaming: How to get everyone else to stop wasting water

It's no secret that California is facing a historic drought, so how do you get people to stop wasting water? You launch a water wasters intervention.

New Music from Emmylou Harris, The Milk Carton Kids and more

Tuesday means it's time for new music here on Take Two. This week, music journalist Steve Hochman joins A Martinez for a chat about his picks.

New music from Snoop Dogg, Django Django and more

Shirley Halperin joins A Martinez to talk about music on Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. This week, Snoop Dogg, Django Django and more.

How do Morrissey's songs sound in Spanish? Pretty great

Mexicans love Morrissey. So much so that a group of Mexican artists have come together to pay tribute to the Smiths and their front man, Morrissey.

Get up and dance! The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is back

'Whenever I am feeling particularly sluggish, there is one musician I turn to... to get me up and going. He has never let me down.' Who's Alex Cohen talking about?