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

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.

Scientists about to harpoon their big space whale

After a ten year chase, the Rosetta spacecraft is now doing something no other space craft has done - orbit a comet as it sails through space at 34,000 MPH.

Why the military is developing its own smartphones

DARPA has apps for snipers, weapons guides, radiation detection and a pseudo-Facebook for soldiers to keep track of friends and enemies called WhoDat.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Shabazz Palaces, Common, James Brown, Fonseca and Viento Callejero

Joining A Martinez in studio this week is Justino Aguila, Associate Editor of Latin at Billboard Magazine and Oliver Wang from Soul-Sides.com.

How one musician crowdfunded her music career from Kansas

For years, musician Kawehi struggled to succeed in LA, so eventually she moved to Kansas. That's when things started to change for the better for her career.

Writer/director James Gunn on Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

A Martinez speaks with James Gunn, the director/writer of "Guardians of the Galaxy" about what it was like creating the biggest movie of the summer.

Aaron Freeman sheds his Gene Ween identity with his new LP 'FREEMAN'

After breaking up his band Ween, a couple of years ago, Aaron Freeman set out to create a new piece of work that reflected his struggles with addiction and relationships.

App Chat: What's behind the popularity of Kim Kardashian's app?

Kim Kardashian’s app is huge, even though it was only released last month. It's estimated that it could make tens of millions of dollars for the star.

Tuesday Reviewsday: The Psycho Sisters, Quetzal, Nightmare & the Cat and Chiquis

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. This week we're joined by experts Steve Hochman and Justino Aguila.

Miles Tackett of Breakestra back with solo album

Miles Tackett lit up the funk scene in LA for over a decade with his band Breakestra, but now he's back with a solo album that calls to his roots in Topanga Canyon, CA.

Families of child immigrants being scammed for money

After kids crossing the US border, illegally, get scooped up by the US government, they're brought to detention centers. Now, scammers are contacting families of the kids trying to extort them for money.