Jacob Margolis

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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

Undocumented students beat MIT students in underwater robot showdown

In 2004, four teenagers took first place in a national underwater robotics championship, with a robot built from scrap metal and trash.

Tom and Nick Carroll talk success, failure and addiction in revealing book

In the '80 surfer Tom Carroll was at the top of his game, but then a drug addiction took hold. The struggle has been chronicled by Tom's brother Nick in their recently published book.

Facebook to show AMBER Alerts in users newsfeeds

While AMBER alerts have run on radio, tv and those digital signs on the freeway, they should start showing up in another familiar place - Facebook.

The evolution of protest music

Songs like "Young Gifted and Black" and "Lift Every Voice and Sing" have served as inspiring protest music in the African American community, but is that changing?

Jury selection begins in trial of accused Silk Road founder

Drug trafficking and murder for hire are two issues sure to come up in the trial of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged proprietor of the dark net site - The Silk Road.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Belle and Sebastian, Swamp Dogg and more

Music journalist Steve Hochman joins A Martinez in studio with some new music, for this week's edition Tuesday Reviewsday.

Remember the late gospel singer Andrae Crouch

Andrae Crouch passed yesterday, but during his career he was one of the most influential artists in gospel music, winning seven Grammys.

The music of 'Selma': scoring the civil rights movement

How does a filmmaker choose which music to put to one of the most important historical events in our country's history? She calls music supervisor, Morgan Rhodes.

Could you could be living in a future home, now?

At CES, there's everything from connected washing machines to thermostats on display, but is this the connected home that people imagined 50 years ago?

CNET 2015: Smart homes, wearables and selfie brushes

What do a hair brush that helps you take selfies, a belt that tells you when you gain weight and an internet connected home have in common? CES.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Madonna, Kanye West and more

This week on Tuesday Reviewsday, Shirley Halperin from Billboard Magazine joins Alex Cohen to talk about the album's that she's looking forward to in 2015.

On The Lot: 'The Hobbit' rules the box office... again

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" continued its domination of the box office this weekend, while "The Interview" lost steam.

Was North Korea behind the Sony hack?

While the U.S. government's claimed that North Korea is behind the Sony hack, some cybersecurity experts aren't as convinced.

Company puts finishing touches on floats for the Rose Parade

A Martinez visits a bunch of the floats at the Phoenix Decoration Company, just down the street from KPCC's studios in Pasadena.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Best of 2014

We've got a special version of Tuesday Reviewsday for you this week. We hear from our critics about some of their favorite music from 2014.