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

Tuesday Reviewsday: The Lone Bellow, George Ezra and more

This week on Tuesday Reviewsday, Chris Martins and Shirley Halperin talk about new music from The Lone Bellow, George Ezra, Howlin' Rain and Cotillon.

Rural Mexicans build DIY cell networks out of scrap

In rural Mexico, there are too few people to make it worth while for telecom companies to install cell networks. So, they're doing it on their own.

Ryan Bingham on his new album 'Fear and Saturday Night'

Ryan Bingham is in studio to talk about his new album, how dark family experiences helped shape his music and the importance of quiet reflection.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Jazmine Sullivan, N.E.R.D. and more

Music supervisor Morgan Rhodes and Oliver Wang from Soul-Sides join Alex Cohen in the studio this week for Tuesday Reviewsday our weekly new music segment.

'Appropriate Behavior:' Desiree Akhavan on being Iranian, bisexual and coming out to her parents

Desiree Akhavan, from the film "Appropriate Behavior" joins Alex in studio to talk about how her own real life coming out inspired her character in the film.

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.