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Photo: The carousel in the Looff Hippodrome at the Santa Monica Pier (Avishay Artsy)

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Avishay Artsy

Ballot Design 9 MIN, 36 SEC

Can you understand your ballot? Tuesday, June 7 is primary election day in California. Besides voting for presidential candidate, there’s also a ballot measure as well as races for Congress, judiciary and a US Senate seat that has 34 candidates competing to succeed U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. There are so many candidates that in some counties, the names are spread across two pages -- and user experience researchers say that is a problem. Can better design improve voter participation?

Guests:
Whitney Quesenbery, Center for Civic Design (@whitneyq)

More:
Slate: How to fix America's poorly designed ballots
99% Invisible: Butterfly Effects
Brennan Center for Justice: 'Better Design, Better Elections'

Looff Hippodrome 8 MIN, 59 SEC

The Looff Hippodrome, home to the iconic carousel on the Santa Monica Pier, will commemorate its centennial exactly 100 years to the day since Charles Looff opened the doors on June 12, 1916. We hear about the history and architecture of the building, which has been a backdrop for many films and some very lively parties, and the movement to save the pier from being torn down in the 1970's.

Guests:
James Harris, author and historian

More:
100 Year Anniversary of Santa Monica Pier's Looff Hippodrome

Santa Monica Pier

Professor James Harris

Earthquake Preparedness 9 MIN, 50 SEC

"Locked loaded and ready to roll." That's how one scientist recently described the San Andreas fault, meaning it is ready to spring a big quake on southern California at any moment. Generally, disaster preparedness is something many of us ignore -- especially newcomers to LA who haven't yet felt the earth move. But Chalk Repertory Theatre is thinking ahead — and over four weekends they are performing In Case of Emergencya play about earthquake readiness. Is the play any good, and does it get the message out?

Guests:
Lisa Napoli, KCRW arts reporter and producer (@lisanapoli)
Anthony Byrnes, host of 'Opening the Curtain' (@theaterthoughts)

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