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

App Chat: 4 apps to help you enjoy the great outdoors

Do you really need apps to enjoy in the outdoors? No, but they can still be helpful. That's why we have apps to help you find campgrounds, trails and more.

The big business of live streaming video gameplay

Believe it or not, watching people play video games online is a huge business. The biggest company behind live streaming video game matches is Twitch Interactive.

US charges Chinese military operatives with economic cyber-espionage

The US charged members of the Chinese military with cyber espionage. They allegedly stole trade secrets by hacking into computers and lifting information.

Tuesday Reviewsday: The Black Keys, Swans, Joseph Arthur and more

It's time again for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. This week, Hollywood Reporter music editor Shirley Halperin and Spin Magazine senior writer Chris Martins are back with some new tunes.

Jill Sobule mines her junk drawer for concept album, 'Dottie's Charms'

LA based singer/songwriter Jill Sobule's newest album is based on something she found in her junk drawer... a charm bracelet. She joins Alex in the studio to talk about "Dottie's Charms."

App Chat: Mother's Day edition

Maybe you forgot that the day for the most important woman in your life is coming up. Don't worry. We've got you covered this week on App Chat.

In 'Carter Girl,' Johnny Cash's stepdaughter pays tribute to her musical family

Carlene Carter was destined to make music. Related to June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash, she's out with a new album called "Carter Girl." She joins Alex Cohen to talk about her family's legacy.

How the scent of a man can impact scientific research

Specifically, the scent of a man can impact the stress response in rodents used in science experiments.

Toyota's move leaves Southern California with huge loss

Toyota has called Southern California home for more than 60 years. The company that advertises itself with "Let's Go Places"... Is going to Texas.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Kelis, Sza and Asher Roth

It's time again for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. This week, music supervisor Morgan Rhodes is back with music, including some Future Soul.

Voice recognition technology is better than you think it is

Will Oremus recently wrote an article using voice recognition technology and even though it's far from perfect, Will says that the tech has gotten better.

After 14 years, Wayne Kramer is back with a jazz album, 'Lexington'

Wayne Kramer of the MC5 is back after 14 years with a new album called "Lexington." But fans of his work might be surprised, as this album is all about the jazz.

FDA moves to regulate e-cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration FDA wants to impose regulation on electronic cigarettes, including an eventual ban on sales to anyone under age 18. Megan McArdle covers the industry for Bloomberg View and she joins the show with more.

Amazon announces deal to stream HBO shows

Today, Amazon announced that they had struck a deal with HBO to make old seasons of several of their series available for Amazon Prime subscribers to view.

Curing your jet lag and keep a travel journal with apps

It's time for our next installment of App Chat. And today we have three apps that want to save you from jet lag, sketchy situations and your bad memory