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

Moses Sumney: One of LA's most talked-about musicians

Moses Sumney is one of the most talked-about LA musicians of 2014 and he hasn't even released an album yet. To understand why, check out a video of his live performance.

Live on KPCC: The English Beat's Dave Wakeling performs in studio

Dave Wakeling from The English Beat joined Alex Cohen in KPCC's studios for a chat about his career. Listen to two songs he performed here.

Officials want to make Venice safer, but could changes kill the culture?

The Venice Boardwalk has always been known for an eclectic mix of artists, tourists and a bit of a rough element. Now, officials are moving to make it safer, but what sort of cultural impact will that have?

App Chat: 3 apps that'll help you handle rough relationships

Regardless of where you are in your relationship we have three heartless pieces of technology that can help you if you're stressed out about what is or what was.

Can Candy Crush's parent company survive on the stock market?

Well, Candy Crush isn't exactly on the stock market. It's King, the game's parent company, that began trading on the New York Stock Exchange today at $22.50. However, after only a couple of hours the stock had already dropped a couple of dollars.

'Mistaken for Strangers': The National get a documentary

"Mistaken for Strangers," a new documentary about the indie band The National, goes deeper than just a band profile. It's about how fame and fortune have impacted the relationship between two brothers.

SXSW Crash: 2 dead, 23 injured, but the show will go on

A car suspected of fleeing police plowed into a group of people gathered outside nightclubs at the South by Southwest festival in Austin.

App Chat: 3D printing Oreos and spreading secrets at SXSW

Oreo, along with a couple of design companies, built a custom 3D printer that can customize frosting designs onto already baked cookies. Check out this video.

LA hopes 'Hacktivists' will turn city data into user-friendly apps

Mayor Eric Garcetti wants LA to be a digital democracy, but the effort will likely depend on civic-minded computer wizards who will donate their services.

California farmers call in wild boar hunters to control overpopulation

Though there are various hands-off methods farmers can use to protect their crops - traps, fencing... etc. — sometimes hunting is a necessity.

'League of Legends' video game championship comes to LA

KPCC's Jacob Margolis attended a semi-final match last weekend to get an idea for what all of the fuss was about.

What makes one pen superior to another?

Brad Dowdy has reviewed more than 700 pens on his website The Pen Addict.com. He joins the show to tell us what makes one pen better than another.

The art of the 6 second comedy

Six second comedy videos have become a huge draw on the social media site, Vine. But is six seconds enough time do something funny?

How some are protecting their personal information online

Since the revelations about the NSA's data gathering program surfaced, there have been plenty of discussions about privacy online. Citizens wonder if they can trust the government or the giant online companies that handle their personal information.

Can a 7 minute workout be as effective as a 60 minute one?

Do short interval workouts like Crossfit work? We'll find out by speaking with Dr. Allen Lim a sports physiologist. But first we sent Alex and A to the gym.