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

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.

Squatter takes over house after woman rents it out on Airbnb

A woman rented out her Palm Springs, CA house on Airbnb hoping to pick up some extra cash. What she picked up was a big problem. A squatter who won't leave.

How Americans end up fighting in the IDF in Gaza

More than 2000 soldiers from around the world are currently serving with the IDF, some of them teenagers from the US. We speak with an American who did just that

Tuesday Reviewsday: Weird Al, Laura Welsh, Naomi Shelton, Fink, Willie Nelson, Somi

Music supervisor Morgan Rhodes and Oliver Wang from Soul-Sides.com join A Martinez in studio for another episode of Tuesday Reviewsday.

Running 135 miles through heat and mountains for bragging rights

Nearly 100 runners set off this morning on the run of their lives, racing to cover 135 miles of desert and mountains in two days for the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon.

Making marijuana infused meals with a professional chef

People wanting to better understand the process of making marijuana edibles have tapped a professional chef to teach them how. We have him, and his recipes, online.

How hackers infiltrated the NASDAQ stock market

For a long time, cyber-security experts assumed that the financial sector in the US was prepared to take on hackers. But, as they found out four years ago, they were wrong.

Banda music thriving in both the US and Mexico

Banda music is exploding in both Mexico and the US right now and it has to do with a bunch of young artists coming up that are ditching old school rules.

App Chat: 3 ways to make your road trip fun and entertaining

We're smack in the middle of summer which for some means, ROADTRIP! Which is the perfect time to try out the new apps that we have today on App Chat.