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

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?

The Brood: Should kids be able to play outside on their own?

What boundaries should be set for kids and at what age? Those are some of the question that we're asking this week on The Brood, our regular segment on parenting.

New music from Alabama Shakes, Raekwon and more

This week on Tuesday Reviewsday, Oliver Wang and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes join Alex Cohen to talk about the latest in music.

How online sports betting changes fandom

You know at least one person into fantasy sports, as there are an estimated 42 million people in the US and Canada that played in at least one league last year.

The last time Saint Motel were at Coachella, they broke in

Band members A/J and Greg stopped by the studio recently to talk to Alex Cohen and tease their upcoming show at Coachella. Two words: "sexually colorful."

President Obama faces pressures at Summit of the Americas

President Obama is heading to Panama to attend the Summit of the Americas, but after last time, what sort of reception can he expect from the other leaders?

Impatient: Tips on how to shop for medical care

This week on Impatient, advice on shopping for medical care, physician assisted suicide in California and whether the state will outlaw exemptions for vaccinations.

Why Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard sort of hates LA

Ben Gibbard sits down with Take Two's Alex Cohen to talk about his relationship with Southern California, former bandmate Chris Walla and more.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Calexico, Tal National and more

This week on Tuesday Reviewsday, music journalist Steve Hochman joins Alex Cohen in the studio to talk about the best in new music releases.

Why director Hal Hartley almost passed on Aubrey Plaza

Director Hal Hartley talks about his latest film 'Ned Rifle,' how it fits into his trilogy of films and what it was like working with Aubrey Plaza.

Lab Notes: Did you know that mice can sing?

Bug reducing light bulbs, moon madness and squeaky serenades, these are all topics on this week's Lab Notes with Sanden Totten.

Why the legendary Johnny Mathis still gets stage fright

On April 4th Johnny Mathis is performing at Walt Disney Concert Hall. It's his first time at the venue, and he's excited to be performing there, but he's a bit nervous.

App Chat: Would you use an app that's like Tinder for dogs?

Tinder for dogs, Uber for valet and haven't you always wished that you could order a trainer through an app? No? Well, one company thought that it was a good idea.