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

Martin Starr on being Hollywood's surly nerd in HBO's 'Silicon Valley'

HBO's new series "Silicon Valley" garnered five Emmy nominations, including one for Best Comedy series. Martin Starr - who's in the show - joins A Martinez to talk about his career.

Being a female game developer in a male dominated industry

Even though women make up 48 percent of the video game playing market, they're still underrepresented in and by the gaming industry.

Why this image is not a thigh bone on Mars

Since the rover Curiosity landed on Mars two years ago, it's taken tons of pictures of the Martian surface, and people have seen all sorts of things that don't exist.

Hip-hop station lets St. Louis residents sound off about Ferguson

A St. Louis-area hip-hop station has broken format to become a place for people to voice their opinions about the protests in Ferguson.

President Obama addresses beheading of James Foley by Islamic militants

Elias Groll from Foreign Policy joins the show to talk about the President's remarks regarding the execution of US journalist James Foley in Iraq.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Bárbara Padilla, Chayanne and more

Tired of feeling left behind when it comes to discovering new music? Tune in every week for our regular music segment Tuesday Reviewsday.

On The Lot: Expendables are expendable, Lassie finds her way home and more

In "On The Lot" Rebecca Keegan joins Alex Cohen to talk about the latest in Hollywood news.

Arctic Monkeys leave UK to rock the United States

Huge in the U.K. - Arctic Monkeys have topped the charts for the past 10 years, but they've struggled to break through in the U.S. Now, they're making inroads.

Lab Notes: how anti-anxiety drugs make fish live longer and more

KPCC science reporter Sanden Totten explains why mood-altering drugs can wreck ecosystems, why celebrity endorsements don't help charities and more.

App Chat: Doctor on Demand gets major funding

Could the Doctor on Demand healthcare service turn the medical industry on its head? Alex Cohen speaks with Mark Sullivan from Venture Beat about the topic.

Bettye LaVette covers James Brown at the Hollywood Bowl

Tonight at the Hollywood Bowl, the late James Brown will be remembered with a series of covers by artists like Aloe Blacc, D'Angelo and Take Two's guest, Bettye LaVette.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Laura Mvula, Muhsinah, Ed Motta and more

Joining us this week are Oliver Wang from Soul-Sides.com and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes.

Study: How eating fish can stave off alzheimers

According to a new study, eating fish once a week can help prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease. The study's lead author joins A Martinez to talk about why.

Taking a look inside Russia's 'Silicon Forest'

Mention Siberia, and perhaps this conjures up images of gulags, or endless stretches of snow, but believe it or not, there's other things there.

Uber, Lyft and Sidecar go after the carpooling crowd

Could ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft become more convenient? They hope so, as they're going after the commuter crowd with new carpooling features.