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Greater LA

A daily News, Politics and Local podcast featuring Steve Chiotakis
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According to a recent USC report, one in 10 households in LA County struggle to provide their family with three meals a day. Organizations and governments are trying to address nutrition insecurity through innovative approaches like doctors pre
What will it take to finally end veteran homelessness? U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough says progress in Los Angeles could have a domino effect across the country. He promises to revive a languishing plan to build affordable h
The ports of LA and Long Beach handle more shipping containers per ship than any other port complex in the world, and right now, dozens of cargo ships are anchored off the coast. Dock workers are hustling 24/7 to reduce the backlog, and one of
The recent oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach has raised questions about the state of offshore oil in California, like how many structures are there and who owns them. Plus, Angelenos share their landscape with thousands of chemical-re
Lester Solis was a junior at Belmont High School in Los Angeles when the pandemic caused his mother to lose her job and him to work full-time at Home Depot in addition to going to school. His story exemplifies the emotional strain COVID-19 cont
The song "Nature Boy" was a huge hit for Nat King Cole and recorded by hundreds of artists, including Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, and Lady Gaga. But most people don’t know the story of the composer, Eden Ahbez, who wrote it about himself. He li
KCRW profiles a resident of Homekey, a statewide program to turn hotels and motels into homeless housing. But how do you build stability in a place designed for temporary stays? The LA Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants — two bitter rivals —
The broken oil pipeline off the coast of Huntington Beach is an environmental catastrophe that has killed fish, contaminated wetlands, and left nearby birds covered in oil. Now wildlife experts are rescuing sick and injured animals, one by one.
The LA City Council passed a sweeping vaccine mandate today, requiring businesses and city employees to check your vaccine status when entering many indoor public locations, large events, and city buildings. If LA Mayor Eric Garcetti signs off
Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a historic bill for California last week. Senate Bill 796 returns a parcel of land in Manhattan Beach, known as Bruce’s Beach, to the descendants of Willa and Charles Bruce. The Black couple bought the prop
A reported 126,000 gallons of crude oil is leaking out of a broken pipeline located some four miles off the coast of Huntington Beach. Some of it is making its way onshore. The pipeline connected an offshore oil platform named Elly to a refiner
Beginning October 7, everyone who enters a bar, wine bar, brewery, lounge, or nightclub in LA County will be required to show proof of at least one COVID-19 shot. Full vaccination will be required by November 4. Augustine Wine Bar in Sherman Oa
Piñatas are often the centerpiece at parties, birthdays, and quinciñeras. But they’re also artistic objects that have been overlooked. One art exhibit wants to change that: “Piñatas: The High Art of Celebration” at Craft in America in Mid-City.
There are over 50,000,000 creators monetizing their online content. From TikTok to YouTube to Instagram, influencers are advertising products on their feeds. But there isn’t a lot of transparency on how much money they actually make and how muc
People can rent the historic telescopes at LA’s Mt. Wilson Observatory for one night — complete with snacks and a guide — for $1,700. How did this sanctuary of science become a fun night out for anyone with a credit card? Plus, a local watchdog
From “Back to the Future” to “The Jetsons,” when pop culture imagines the future, it often includes flying cars. KCRW recently looked at how LA is hoping to have flying cars zipping around in two or three years. But what if a more realistic fut
Political leaders in LA are now turning to the race for LA’s next mayor and the candidates so far include Kevin de León, Joe Buscaino, Mike Feuer, and Jessica Lall. Congresswoman Karen Bass says she is also “seriously considering” a run. Nation
To get medical treatment without waiting weeks, you might have to break the bank. For those who can afford it, they’re increasingly turning to “concierge medicine,” so they can avoid crowded and potentially infectious waiting rooms. Some are co
After the fatal stabbing of an unhoused military veteran outside the VA in Brentwood last week, county officials say they plan to move everyone at the camp into housing by the end of the year. It was the second homicide this year at the same lo
Flying cars are coming to LA, possibly as early as 2023. The “urban air mobility” industry sees the city as an ideal place to build highways in the skies, but there are safety and regulatory hurdles aplenty, and even sky highways won’t cure LA’
The LA City Council has passed a motion that aims to curb street racing. According to City Council member Monica Rodriguez, the motion would push multiple government agencies to roll out traffic calming measures like street humps and curb exten
The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash is cultivating native plant species in its nursery — as a way to preserve its indigenous culture. Extreme heat is causing preterm pregnancies and even infant death in some cases. A new bill would allow farmworkers
California’s recall election has been powered by some small business owners who are disgruntled about pandemic-era restrictions and pessimistic about the state’s future. But in a state where Democrats outnumber Republican registered voters two
Wildfires are often sparked by residents struggling with homelessness. LA County recently banned encampments in some of the highest fire risk areas. Homeowners in Topanga Canyon are glad, but some of their unhoused neighbors don’t want to leave
UCSB classes are just two weeks away, and students are using words like “desperate” and “abandoned” to describe their search for housing. Some hope the school can provide motel rooms, while others are planning to live in their cars or quit scho
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