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An experiment in the next generation of internet radio, from KCRW.com. Featuring the best of underground flavors, independent records and progressive major releases, we play music we love, by artists we believe in, all hand selected by real DJs.

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"The biggest difference for me was starting to think about those thoughts as if someone else was saying them to me. It g...
11/15/2021
Your negative inner voice is lying to you: Justine Bateman's ‘Violet'

"The biggest difference for me was starting to think about those thoughts as if someone else was saying them to me. It gave me an objectivity to see all of these things were lies"

Justine Bateman on fighting imposter syndrome and Violet (her new film with Olivia Munn)

Justine Bateman quickly became a star when the sitcom “Family Ties” debuted in 1982. She played the sweet but vane teenage daughter, Mallory. At age 16, Bateman was beamed into homes nationwide when there was no Netflix, Disney Channel, or YouTube.

Strawberry and Chocolate, Apricot and Saffron, Peach and Ginger. All jams Amisha Gurbani began making from home after sh...
11/14/2021
Combining California ingredients with traditional Indian recipes

Strawberry and Chocolate, Apricot and Saffron, Peach and Ginger.

All jams Amisha Gurbani began making from home after she started making her kids' school lunches and noticed, "[The jams off the shelf] had too much sugar, the color was not the beautiful bright color of the fruit that it is supposed to be"

Her new cookbook, "Mumbai Modern" mixes traditional Indian recipes with local California produce.

California cuisine and ingredients have been the source of inspiration for many chefs. When married to global cuisines, the results are like the head exploding emoji -- flavorful, aromatic, and delicious.

"Black American Portraits" including portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are at LAC...
11/13/2021
Check out portraits of the Obamas plus other Black Americans at LACMA, Jeffrey Deitch gallery

"Black American Portraits" including portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are at LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Kehinde Wiley's curated "Self-Addressed" at Jeffrey Deitch

Where to see art this weekend in LA:

The famous Obama portraits are on show right now at the LA County Museum of Art . And there's actually a whole exhibition called “ Black American Portraits ” that just opened there too.

Is the grass greener outside the Golden State?With remote work becoming permanent for some and the FIRE movement (“Finan...
11/13/2021
Ex-Californians explains why they ditched the Golden State and retired to Portugal

Is the grass greener outside the Golden State?

With remote work becoming permanent for some and the FIRE movement (“Financial Independence Retire Early”) gaining popularity, why some Californians are leaving:

The grass is greener outside of the Golden State. That's the message from other states that are trying to lure workers and businesses out of California.

The Civilian Oversight Commission is now actively seeking information about Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Gangs.But, ...
11/13/2021
If you have info on LA Sheriff's deputy ‘gangs,' watchdog wants to hear from you

The Civilian Oversight Commission is now actively seeking information about Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Gangs.

But, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has denied the gangs are a problem and defied subpoenas. What could happen next:

After failing to force LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva to testify about the alleged existence of gang-like groups among deputies, the Civilian Oversight Commission is now gathering public input for a study to investigate deputy gangs.

Breaking: Britney Spears is now free from her conservatorshipFor the first time since 2008, Britney will now be able to ...
11/12/2021
Britney Spears Wins Back Her Independence | NPR

Breaking: Britney Spears is now free from her conservatorship

For the first time since 2008, Britney will now be able to make her own personal, medical, and financial decisions

After 13 years living under a legal arrangement that controlled both her personal life and finances, the pop star was released from her conservatorship Friday.

Inflation is at its highest in nearly three decades, but how much is it really under President Joe Biden's control?
11/12/2021
Inflation! | Left, Right & Center

Inflation is at its highest in nearly three decades, but how much is it really under President Joe Biden's control?

Josh Barro, Liz Bruenig and Ross Douthat discuss the high rate of inflation, its political risk and what (if anything) the president can do about it.

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11/12/2021
KCRW's 9th Annual Radio Race

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Don't have a sweet tooth but still love baking?Dorie Greenspan makes cheese-swirl babka buns and miso-maple loaves in "B...
11/11/2021
Melding savory and sweet flavors into baked goods | Good Food

Don't have a sweet tooth but still love baking?

Dorie Greenspan makes cheese-swirl babka buns and miso-maple loaves in "Baking with Dorie"

There's something about fall that signals turning on the oven and baking. Dorie Greenspan has authored 14 cookbooks and shares her methodical system for taking old standbys and creating new recipes.

Money for rent, time to look for a job, and decreased anxietyWhat Los Angeles' pilot Universal Basic Income program ("BI...
11/11/2021
LA to give $1000/mo to select families in poverty. How much can guaranteed basic income change their lives?

Money for rent, time to look for a job, and decreased anxiety

What Los Angeles' pilot Universal Basic Income program ("BIG:LEAP") could mean for families in need:

Starting in January, the City of LA plans to give 3,200 families in poverty $1,000 a month -- with no conditions. The $38 million program is called “BIG:LEAP.” To be eligible, families must live in LA, have at least one dependent child, and earn income ...

"What I wanted to do is really study not necessarily the characters, but almost study ourselves, and why we call particu...
11/10/2021
Director Jeymes Samuel on the often ignored history of Black cowboys

"What I wanted to do is really study not necessarily the characters, but almost study ourselves, and why we call particular people bad guys and particular people good guys"

Director Jeymes Samuel on "The Harder They Fall”, Black cowboys, and the way stories are told:

Director Jeymes Samuel on the often ignored history of Black cowboys.

Residents of Carpinteria say their town smells so strongly of ma*****na they can't even open their windows. But, some gr...
11/10/2021
Skunky stench in Carpinteria was sparked by Prop 64. Years later, are cannabis growers controlling their odor?

Residents of Carpinteria say their town smells so strongly of ma*****na they can't even open their windows.

But, some growers and residents are now working together to find a solution:

The smell of freshly-grown cannabis surrounds specific parts of Carpinteria. The county isn’t doing much, so some growers and fed-up residents decided to put their heads together. But will it make the neighborhood less stinky?

Just a few days left to register for this year's 9th annual Radio Race!Everything is better with friends - so grab a gro...
11/10/2021
KCRW's 9th Annual Radio Race

Just a few days left to register for this year's 9th annual Radio Race!

Everything is better with friends - so grab a group and spend this Saturday making something together

Calling All Radio and Podcast Makers — Mark Your Calendars!

Everyone has a story to tell, and yours could get you on KCRW's airwaves! Enter our 9th Annual Radio Race to share your ...
11/10/2021
KCRW's 9th Annual Radio Race

Everyone has a story to tell, and yours could get you on KCRW's airwaves!

Enter our 9th Annual Radio Race to share your story:

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Fast food workers across California walked off the job today, citing sexual harassment in the workplace, better pay, and...
11/10/2021
Doing 2-3 people's work but earning 1 paycheck: SoCal fast food workers strike, demand good quality of life

Fast food workers across California walked off the job today, citing sexual harassment in the workplace, better pay, and a lack of PPE.

"We're saying that there is plenty and enough in this country to make sure that workers have a good quality of life. We don't want to just be surviving. We want to be thriving"

Fast food workers across the state walked off the job today, demanding improved working conditions, better pay, and increased health and safety standards in the workplace.

Gentefied is back for a second season centered around finding where you belong, "As first-gen, children of immigrants, a...
11/10/2021
‘Gentefied' helps viewers understand the nuance of gentrification through a Boyle Heights family

Gentefied is back for a second season centered around finding where you belong, "As first-gen, children of immigrants, and immigrants themselves in this country, it's a question that we encounter and deal with at some level every single day"

Netflix's “ Gentefied ” brings Boyle Heights to life, following three cousins named Ana, Chris, and Erik Morales as they chase their version of the American dream, and try to protect their abuelo (grandfather), Casimiro Morales, whom they lovingly...

Teens Lily, Chloe and Sadie discover they are cousins through DNA testing and embark on a journey to China in search of ...
11/09/2021
‘Found': An emotional film about adopted cousins reconnecting. Here's how the filmmakers managed to shoot in China

Teens Lily, Chloe and Sadie discover they are cousins through DNA testing and embark on a journey to China in search of their biological families in "Found".

"The girls really wanted to do [the documentary] [...] they hadn't heard their stories before and they wanted to make a difference and have a voice"

The new Netflix documentary “Found” follows the unique friendship of teenagers Chloe, Lily and Sadie.

"Enjoy it, have a good time, and turn people onto art"Deirdre O’Donoghue's SNAP! became a haven for underground bands - ...
11/09/2021
In ‘Bent by Nature,' learn about KCRW's pioneering DJ Deirdre O'Donoghue

"Enjoy it, have a good time, and turn people onto art"

Deirdre O’Donoghue's SNAP! became a haven for underground bands - where they could play unfiltered sets and many first found their audience #BentByNature

KCRW aired a show called “Snap” by then-DJ Deirdre O'Donoghue from 1982 to 1991. It was one of the first shows to feature live performances at the station. Artists like Tom Waits and R.E.M. played unfiltered sets.

"People want to be involved in protecting their own community, it's sort of human nature and we want to give them that c...
11/09/2021
When firefighters are stretched too thin, turn to ‘community brigades'

"People want to be involved in protecting their own community, it's sort of human nature and we want to give them that chance"

3 years after the Woolsey Fire, Malibu’s ‘community brigades’ are growing from an ad hoc response into a highly coordinated community-wide response:

This model relies on training volunteers and coordinating with local agencies. It requires a lot less training and a smaller time commitment, and offers more roles than other volunteer firefighting programs. It also takes an “all hazards” approach that ...

Abra Berens (author, "Grist") shares how to make one pot of black beans last a whole week without getting bored
11/09/2021
Feeling windy: Why beans get their rap | Good Food

Abra Berens (author, "Grist") shares how to make one pot of black beans last a whole week without getting bored

“Grains and legumes are grown on larger scale farms,” explains former farmer and chef Abra Berens, who grew up on an industrial pickle farm.

Have you always wanted to produce and research a non-fiction audio piece? Our Radio Race Newbie Award is just for first-...
11/08/2021
KCRW's 9th Annual Radio Race

Have you always wanted to produce and research a non-fiction audio piece?

Our Radio Race Newbie Award is just for first-timers, and we want to hear your story!

Enter the race here:

Calling All Radio and Podcast Makers — Mark Your Calendars!

How much cannabis is California growing and what strains to look out for from this years crop with Leafly Senior Editor,...
11/07/2021
California-grown cannabis is now raking in more cash than tomatoes

How much cannabis is California growing and what strains to look out for from this years crop with Leafly Senior Editor, David Downs

Cannabis is America's fastest-growing industry, but how much cash does all the cush translate to? Leafly Senior Editor David Downs tells KCRW the “green rush” is taking over the nation.

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11/06/2021
KCRW's 9th Annual Radio Race

Bored at home today? Wish you had cool plans for next Saturday?

Sign up for our 9th Annual Radio Race!

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Los Angeles! Let's hang out, unwind, and keep our bodies & minds feeling good tomorrow with Bodies and EVERYBODY GymNot ...
11/06/2021
KCRW’s Bodies Presents: A Park Hang for Every Body

Los Angeles! Let's hang out, unwind, and keep our bodies & minds feeling good tomorrow with Bodies and EVERYBODY Gym

Not in LA or don’t care to leave the house? Don't worry, we'll also be streaming it on Zoom!

Join KCRW and EVERYBODY Gym on Sunday, November 7th for a day of fun at the park!

Outdoor spaces, the wilderness, and conservation have remained predominantly white spaces but for many like Jacqueline L...
11/06/2021
Racism and the Great White Outdoors | Life Examined

Outdoor spaces, the wilderness, and conservation have remained predominantly white spaces but for many like Jacqueline L. Scott ("Black Outdoors"), "outdoors is my church. Because it is where I feel alive [...] you feel the life around you."

The intersection of racism with nature, outdoor recreation and the environmental movement on Life Examined:

On this week's Life Examined, host Jonathan Bastian talks with avid outdoor enthusiast Jaqueline L.

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11/06/2021
KCRW's 9th Annual Radio Race

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Hi! What was the track behind Cherry Glazer’s news update at 8:22 am this morning??? Fantastic!!!
A song about losing love and hoping it finds a way back. Appreciate a listen. https://open.spotify.com/album/1wRt6nEliqzm13c3YQXwxT?highlight=spotify:track:1FR12lf0vZctNTz1R4KldW
Celebration of a Hero. Mural artist Randall Williams went by his Kobe mural this morning to honor Kobe today.
Dear California Democrat Party Chair Rusty Hicks: This is a response to your statement made at the press conference last week, about recalling Newsom. Democrats liken Newsom recall effort to extremist “coup” | CalMatters You linked this recall effort to the U.S. Capitol breach on 1/6/2016. This is a false statement since there were at least 2 campaigns to recall Newsom in 2020, both of which were initiated before this breach. I signed the petition for each campaign and passed it to others. (This campaign has the largest volunteer pool in history.) You applied labels to this recall efforts: “California coup”, “right-wing conspiracy theorists”, “white nationalists”, “anti-vaxxers”, etc. Instead of addressing the concerns in the recall petition like an adult, you resorted to name-calling like an immature juvenile, because you have no substantial arguments against them. The point is CAIFORNIANS ARE HURTING! Recall California Governor Gavin Newsom (2020) (recallgavin2020.com) The 1 million-plus growing signatures to recall Governor Gavin Newsom include a wide diversity of Californians: Republicans and Democrats, Black and White, Straight and Gay, Women and Men, Young and Old, Poor and Rich, Citizens and Foreigners, Religious and non-Religious, and everyone else in between these demographic groups. We’re ALL sick and tired of Newsom’s bad policies that are hurting Californians, as stated in the petition. He’s not serving the will of the people, as a public servant should for his constituents. He’s acting more like a dictator pushing his own agenda and lining his pockets, as well as of his rich allies. His mandated COVID-19 lockdowns and subsequent hypocrisies were the straws that broke the camel’s back. Your labels are cheap shots, false, without substance, and/or an intimidation tactic to stop more Californians from signing the petition as it nears the minimum quota. But if you want to play the label game, two can play that game. The main difference is that these labels below are substantiated. Labels for Governor Newsom, you, his supporters, and other extremist groups: Far-left Activists Mostly ignored/condoned anarchist groups who protested violently, rioted, looted, burned properties, vandalized government buildings, attacked/killed citizens and law enforcements in California last year, without condemning them publicly. Condoned/Supported defunding Californian law enforcements, which hurt minority communities the most. White Socialists Increased taxes, regulations, government control, and minimum wages which hurt the poor, working class, and small businesses that include many minorities: e.g. nail shops owned by Vietnamese; restaurants owned by Hispanics; my son’s coaching business; etc. But the multi-million/billion dollars companies in California continue to thrive, mostly owned by wealthy Whites who support Newsom. White Privilege Newsom dined inside the expensive French Laundry restaurant with several health officials without wearing a mask, after he mandated COVID-19 lockdowns on Californian restaurants. His former “Aunt” Nancy Pelosi got her hair done at a hair salon without wearing a mask, after requiring others to close down. Meanwhile, both of their private businesses (PlumpJack, etc) remained open for wining/dining. They also supported defunding the law enforcement agencies, but kept their security team at taxpayers’ expense for personal protection, while inner cities suffered increased homicides. They are the epitome of the white privileged class getting away with murder!!! White Elitists Speaker Nancy Pelosi drafted a “COVID-19” stimulus bills, to pay millions/billions of pork money to her friends in the big corporations, which had nothing to do with the virus. But allocated only crumbs of $600-$2000 to the rest of us. The least that Newsom could have done is work with her to provide better and faster relief to Californians, since his lockdown mandates hurt a lot of us: e.g. increased depressions, suicides, homelessness, unemployment, domestic abuses, etc. Newsom and Pelosi claimed to care for the minorities, but paid only lip services and crumbs to get their votes. We are sick and tired of being used. Newsom finally announced a big COVID-19 relief bill for small businesses in California, last week. Why did it take him 10 months to provide this much-needed relief? What made him do it now? Was it because the 1 million-plus signatures on this recall petition nearing its minimum quota that scared him? Or was it your failed attempt to link this recall effort to the Capitol breach on 1/1/2021 and to name-calling? Was he was motivated by his “concerns” for his suffering constituents or by a CYA-concern, now that his cushy career is being threatened? I believe it’s the latter reason, which means he’ll continue to be a bad governor when he can get away with it. Anyone who supports Governor Newsom and his bad policies should also be recalled/impeached. And I can guarantee you that I’m not saying this as a “White Nationalist”. Sincerely, a Black Independent California voter.
Such a great post Inauguration show, Ann Litt!
Believing the Unbelievable..... There is a old saying that goes something like this..."The further you can look back the more you can see". I don't know what the future may bring but I am wiling to step outside of the bounds. If things in the United States should seriously unravel into political chaos where the Rule of Law is flushed down the toilet and mobs are in the street, a military overthrow of the civilian U.S. government can not be ruled out. The military takes an oath to support and defend the Constitution and if the civilian political leaders can not govern effectively, then they (the military) may feel it is their duty of bring order to the country. I admit the chances of this happening now are remote. But, it can no longer be ruled out.
share this with friends, someone who groomed the dog for the owner, said would do it again, but this time did not bring the dog back.
Hey KCRW can you please stop playing Morrissey...
Yes! Thank you MBE. Pretty sure this is the first time I've heard David Bowie's "Blackstar" on the radio. It's one of my favorite songs from the past decade. The music video is wild, too.
Morning Becomes Eclectic is Killin' it this morning with the awesome music ! THANK YOU for helping bring us back to a normal after such a day as yesterday. Peace ! -N
Hello can I please request a song? Could you please play Kayla DiVenere’s song Justin Bieber. She is a local girl amd I’m so proud for her. This would just make her year! Thank you