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

Leah Meyerhoff on her new film 'I Believe in Unicorns'

"I Believe in Unicorns" is a story that taps into feelings many women had when they were in high school. Feelings of being trapped, wanting to explore the world and falling in love for the first time.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Adam Lambert and the band Bully

Feel like you can't keep up with what's new in music? Every week we bring in our music experts to tell you what you should be listening to in one short segment.

Why actor Josh Lawson really knows his sexual fetishes

How do you write a film about the sexual fetishes that couples use to help their relationships in the bedroom? You get busy researching things online.

How race influences the way we label shooting suspects

The acts committed at the Emanual African Methodist Episcopal Church are being investigated as a hate crime, but how do we label the person allegedly behind those acts?

How a near fatal accident inspired The Gaslamp Killer's latest show

He's from Southern California, an early member of the Low End Theory and now The Gaslamp Killer is launching a new type of show. A DJ with a live band.

The most exciting tech coming out of E3

Today it begins... that ginormous gathering of game makers and game players in downtown Los Angeles known as E3. The biggest news? Virtual and Augmented Reality.

New music from Vince Staples, Major Lazer and more

Oliver Wang and Morgan Rhodes join Tess Vigeland for our weekly new music segment, Tuesday Reviewsday. This week includes Czarface, Vince Staples and more.

Where country singer Sam Outlaw got his name

There are certain hubs in this country known for country music and LA isn't one of them. But that doesn't mean we don't have some great country musicians.

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.