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

How X's John Doe reinterprets his old punk hits, acoustically

This weekend, two of X's members, John Doe and Exene Cervenka, will perform an acoustic set at the First Unitarian Church of L.A.

Could President Obama kill tax-funded stadium deals?

A new line item in the President's budget eliminates the possibility that tax payer money could be used to fund new sports stadiums and arenas. Could it pass?

Can science help you hack your NCAA bracket?

From manipulating morality to making your March Madness bracket, we're going to look at some new and fascinating science in our weekly segment, Lab Notes.

This man was mistakenly moved into Medi-Cal. Were you?

What do you do when you're a resident of California and you can't get the right health care through the state? SCPR's Rebecca Plevin has the answer.

How some tiny birds challenged what scientists knew about evolution

On Santa Cruz Island, just off the coast of California, a surprising discovery has been made that could give some insight into Darwin's Theory of Evolution.

Listen to new music from Feufollet, Niyaz and The Sonics

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday our weekly new music segment. This week music journalist Steve Hochman joins Alex Cohen in studio with new albums.

How Robert Williams of Juxtapoz went from outlaw artist to mainstream

"Once you take the sophistication out of art you have a much larger and imaginative playing field... A cartoon has a far far larger vocabulary than any other form of art."

Can the LAPD's Mental Evaluation Unit work for other departments?

Southern California Public Radio's Stephanie O'Neill continues her series by exploring whether the MEU is a viable model for the LA County Sheriff's Department.

Impatient: Are high deductibles ruining patients lives?

High-deductibles got you down? Not sure how to handle paying $3000 dollars before your insurance kicks in? That's what we're talking about this week on Impatient.

Should you enroll in a medical study on your iPhone?

If medical researchers could survey iPhone users around the world, would that change the future of medicine? Apple thinks so. But should you be involved?

Tuesday Reviewsday: Will Butler, Blues Traveler and more

Tuesday means it's time for our our weekly new music segment Tuesday Reviewsday. This week Chris Martins and Shirley Halperin are on deck with their top picks.

Anna Akana is a HUGE YouTube star. Now she’s got a new show on Snapchat

These days super heroes dominate film and television, but today they're coming to a new platform -the messaging app Snapchat.

A photographer covered models in buckets of honey. Take a look

Honey's delicious with yogurt. It's great on a pavlova. But it also does a wonderful job of making models look like they're encased in amber. Check out our slideshow.

'Maps to the Stars' writer Bruce Wagner's life informed his dark take on Hollywood

The Beverly Hills native used his knowledge from growing up among celebrities to create the dark story of director David Cronenberg's latest movie.

'Chappie': Star Sharlto Copley reveals how he brought a robot to life

The star of Neill Blomkamp's newest sci-fi adventure plays the title character, a robot designed to fight crime who instead learns what it means to feel emotions.