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

'Shower with Friends' wants to help curb your water use

Hoping for a strong El Niño this winter to help California? Don't get your hopes up. But some people think they can help the drought conditions with technology.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Robert Plant, Aurelio, Francisca Valenzuela and Diana Fuentes

This week music critic Steve Hochman and Justino Aguila, associate editor of Latin at Billboard Magazine, join Alex Cohen with their favorite new music picks.

On the Lot: Toronto film fest and Warner Bros layoffs

Rebecca Keegan from the Los Angeles Times talks about the latest in the entertainment industry in Take Two's weekly segment "On the Lot."

Byron Scott on Kobe Bryant's new role with the Lakers

Lakers' new head coach Byron Scott recognizes that his team has hit rock bottom. What's he going to do about it? A Martinez sat down with him to find out.

Aleks Syntek on his new album 'Romantico Desliz'

Mexican artist Aleks Syntek has been performing since he was a kid. He's been nominated for six Grammys, but it's with his latest album that he's hoping to break into the U.S. market.

Public Enemy, En Vogue, others to play in celebration of black music at Hollywood Bowl

Grammy-winning musician Marcus Miller and producer/director Reginald Hudlin are coming together at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate "The Black Movie Soundtrack."

Stuart Murdoch on his new film 'God Help The Girl'

Stuart Murdoch of the indie band Belle and Sebastian, joins Alex Cohen in studio to talk about the new film that he wrote/directed called 'God Help The Girl.'

Tuesday Reviewsday: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Diggs Duke and more

This week on Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment, guests Oliver Wang and Morgan Rhodes join A Martinez in studio.

'Cantinflas' is the role of a lifetime for Óscar Jaenada

Spanish actor Óscar Jaenada has taken on the role of 'Cantinflas' in a movie of the same name, about the late comedic Mexican actor.

Disneyland drones? Park files patents for unmanned aircraft

Disney has applied for three patents for unmanned aircraft — yes, drones! — that would be use in the park's entertainment shows.

Surfers ride huge waves in Southern California

Waves reached heights of more than 20 feet in Southern California, as a swell caused by Hurricane Marie continues to impact the coast.

NASA spacecraft passes Neptune's orbit on its way to Pluto

Pluto - the solar system's loneliest dwarf planet - is getting a friend... eventually. It's the New Horizons probe from NASA and it just passed Neptune's orbit.

App Chat: 3 apps to help you prepare for an earthquake

If you've put off preparing for an earthquake for a while now, it's time to change that. And it doesn't have to be a hard. Technology is on our side.

Amazon buys video game streaming service for $970 million

Amazon is betting big on the future of streaming video games online by purchasing Twitch.TV for $970 million, but will their investment pay off?

Tuesday Reviewsday: Helado Negro, Max Capote and more

Justino Aguila, associate editor of Latin at Billboard Magazine, and music critic Steve Hochman join the show for another edition of Tuesday Reviewsday.