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

Should doctors have to consider the cost of treatments?

If doctors know best, shouldn't they be considering ways to help cost conscious clients? Rebecca Plevin joins the show to talk about negotiating healthcare pricing.

New music from Hiatus Kaiyote, MC Lyte and more

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. Oliver Wang and Morgan Rhodes join A Martinez in the studio to talk about the latest releases.

The NFL announced it's dropping its tax exempt status

The NFL league office announced it was going to drop its tax exempt status, which has been in place since the 1940s in an effort to "eliminate the distraction."

What's it like for a band to perform at Coachella for the first time?

While the Coachella Arts and Music Festival has come and gone, some bands are still basking in the afterglow, like the Southern California band Saint Motel.

New music from My Morning Jacket, Olivia Chaney and more

This week on Tuesday Reviewsday, our new music segment, music journalist Steve Hochman joins Alex Cohen to talk about the best new albums.

Could the woolly mammoth roam the earth once again?

The woolly mammoth could be making a comeback. Last week scientists announced that they mapped the mammoth's genome, but could they successfully clone the mammoth?

New film chronicles an LA-based Armenian rapper's return to his homeland

L.A.-based rapper Nazo Bravo reflects on his family, his heritage and the genocide of the Armenian people at the hands of the Ottoman Turks 100 years ago today.

Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice charge overturned

More than 10 years after the BALCO scandal, the only charge still remaining against Barry Bonds has officially been overturned.

Should you be negotiating lower medical costs with your doctor?

Should doing no financial harm to patients be included in the hippocratic oath? Some doctors think so. Rebecca Plevin talks about what you can do to keep costs down.

New music from Squarepusher, Greg Holden and more

Want to find out which new music you should be listening to? We've got you covered, this week on Tuesday Reviewsday, our new music segment.

The companies that cash in big on viral videos

There's a lot of money to be made off of viral videos, but contrary to popular belief it has less to do with the ads that are shown on YouTube than it does something else.

Should California limit household access to water if the drought gets bad enough?

With California an awful drought, could we learn anything from other places that've had to adapt to drought conditions as well?

Uber and Lyft to be allowed to pick up riders at LAX

How did Mayor Eric Garcetti decide to make it a little easier to get around Los Angeles? By making some deals with tech companies.

Paul Feig on his new show and how he cast the new 'Ghostbusters' movie

Paul Feig's worked as a writer, producer and director on shows such as "Freaks and Geeks," and "The Office," but his new show "Other Space" offered other challenges.

Will California lawmakers help lower healthcare costs?

The Affordable Care Act made health coverage available to millions of people and yet medical care can still be very expensive. Could new California laws change that?