Larry Mantle covers the latest developments on the wildfires in Southern California. First, he gets an update from KPCC's reporters. Next, he gets an official fire assessment from LA County's fire captain. Larry looks into the measures in place for animals caught in the fire, and examines the decision by some homeowners to ignore evacuation orders and stay behind. Finally, an update on weather conditions. Share your stories with KPCC by phone (866) 893-5722, and online.
Precocity, prodigy, genius—extraordinary children are born that way, right? Not so, says Rafe Esquith, of Hobart Elementary School in Koreatown. Called "The Best Classroom Teacher in America" in the Washington Post, Mr. Esquith has turned his attention to educating parents in his new book, "Lighting Their Fires: Raising Extraordinary Children in a Mixed-up, Muddled-up, Shook-up World." Larry Mantle finds out what parents can do to light up their children's minds.
First, in breaking news, the publisher of the Orange County Register, Freedom Communications, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Then, Larry Mantle checks in on conditions at the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory. Take a look at the images from UCLA's Mt. Wilson webcam here, or its mirror here.
Rum and revolution intertwine in Tom Gjelten's new book, "Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: The Biography of a Cause." Following the winds of change as Bacardi goes from bartender to alcohol dynasty, Gjelton explores the political role of some of Cuba's most lush expatriates. Larry Mantle talks with Gjelton about the Bacardi family's impact on equal parts mojito and revolución.