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We want to thank you — our listeners, our members, our community – during our February #KPCClove celebration. Thank you for the amazing support you’ve provided to public media by listening, engaging, and donating. You make KPCC possible for all people, and that deserves recognition.
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We also asked our reporters to pick stories they LOVED making to share with you.
headline:What Pregnant Black Women Need To Know To Have A 'Safe And Sacred Birth'
date:JANUARY 31, 2019
description:Expert tips and insights on navigating doctor's appointments, choosing a midwife or doula, and more.
commentary:Priska Neely: After months of reporting on the high rates of black infant mortality in L.A. and the U.S., I hosted a KPCC In-Person event with the goal of continuing to raise awareness about the issue and empowering black women with tips and information to empower themselves in and outside of the doctor’s office. Even though the subject matter was heavy, there was an incredible energy of hope in the room at the end of the conversation. This post features highlights and tips from the event, as well as a list of resources. It’s an example of how we’re able to envirgorate conversations around difficult issues and expand the reach of our reporting.
headline:People Thought She Would End Up On The Streets Or Locked Up. She Proved Them Wrong.
date:SEPTEMBER 10, 2018
description:Smuggled from El Salvador as a child, Liliana "Patty" Flores survived abuse, foster care, gangs, drugs and lockup before deciding to turn her life around.
commentary:Annie Gilbertson: Many people heard the story and connected with Liliana Flores after to donate to her graduate school dreams. I did a story on her years ago when she was in community college so it was a pleasure to do a follow up chronicling her achievement. Check out what some of our listeners wrote on her gofundme: https://www.gofundme.com/undocumentedfosteryoutheducation. Someone even gave $5,000!
headline:Pizza Shop Owner Rescues Grandparents From Woolsey Fire — By Boat
date:NOVEMBER 12, 2018
description:Jamie Woolner's grandparents had no power, no phone signal and "no idea of the danger they were in."
commentary:Mike Roe: A lot of people connected with this story, because it was someone going above and beyond to help in a situation that so many Angelenos were feeling as the fires burned nearby.
headline:SoCal Corgi Beach Day is perfectly pawsome
date:APRIL 9, 2018
description:More than 1,000 corgis showed up over the weekend, dressed in grass skirts and hot dog costumes, for the semi-annual event at Huntington Dog Beach.
commentary:Susan Carpenter: I really loved a feature I did last April for Take Two on So Cal Corgi Beach Day, again because it's something near and dear to my heart -- my Pembroke Welsh corgi, Ford. I brought him along when I did the reporting for this feature.
headline:A hard 'climb back into society' for this homeless OC couple
date:AUGUST 9, 2018
description:At the beginning of this year, Bejuique "Bay" Shambow and Bobby Austin were sleeping in a tent along the Santa Ana riverbed in Orange County. Then, in February, they and hundreds of their fellow campers were kicked out of the encampment by OC officials and given temporary shelter.
commentary:Jill Replogle: I loved working on this story because I got to spend a lot of time with a couple experiencing homelessness and start to understand the myriad daily struggles that make it so hard to climb out of homelessness. I think the rawness of the emotions expressed by Bay and Bobby in the piece, and their candidness about their mistakes and struggles exposed some of the myths and misperceptions about who is homeless and what it’s like to try to get and stay housed.
headline:The Hidden History Of LA County's Official Anthem
date:SEPTEMBER 20, 2018
description:"Seventy-Six Cities," which has spent decades in relative obscurity, has ties to an evangelical organization that saw itself on the front lines of an ideological war.
commentary:Austin Cross: I loved working on this deep dive into the history of LA County's official song. It started with a simple question about the men behind a forgotten song, and it turned into a six-month research project that culminated in tracking down the writers. This is the audio version, complete with musical performances.