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California’s Central Valley, the powerhouse of the state’s agriculture industry, is now under assault from the drought. Photographer Matt Black has documented the troubles of the Central Valley in stark black and white images that have appeared in many magazines, including the New Yorker. Black was also chosen as TIME magazine’s “Instagram photographer of the year” last year. We talk to Black, who grew up and still lives in the Central Valley, about how it’s changed since he first started photographing it two decades ago.

Then, Hollywood actresses from Jean Harlow to Marilyn Monroe to Brittany Murphy were all eaten up by Hollywood in one way or another. They are the inspiration for Amber Tamblyn’s latest poetry collection, Dark Sparkler.

And in the world of Silicon Valley, the talent is getting younger and younger. College dropouts have joined the ranks of tech companies for years, but now high school dropouts are calling the valley home. These are kids who were skipping school anyway to attend hack-a-thons; and kids who’ve already made apps on top ten most-downloaded lists.

Finally, the jazz record The Epic, by Los Angeles-based tenor sax player and composer Kamasi Washington, features dozens of musicians and singers performing almost three hours of music.

Banner Image: Kamasi Washington performs at KCRW; Credit: Larry Hirshowitz

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

The Central Valley: Dry Despair 11 MIN, 49 SEC

California’s Central Valley, the powerhouse of the state’s agriculture industry, is now under assault from the drought. Photographer Matt Black has documented the troubles of the Central Valley in stark black and white images that have appeared in many magazines, including the New Yorker. Black was also chosen as TIME magazine’s “Instagram photographer of the year” last year. We talk to Black, who grew up and still lives in the Central Valley, about how it’s changed since he first started photographing it two decades ago.

Guests:
Matt Black, documentary photographer (@MattBlack_Matt)

Amber Tamblyn's Dark Sparkler 11 MIN, 53 SEC

When Hollywood chews, young actresses often either get spit out or swallowed whole. From Jean Harlow to Marilyn Monroe to Brittany Murphy, actresses who were eaten up by Hollywood in one way or another and died are the inspiration for Amber Tamblyn’s latest poetry collection. Tamblyn is best known as an actress herself, but we speak to her about her book, Dark Sparkler.

Guests:
Amber Tamblyn, author, 'Dark Sparkler'

Dark Sparkler

Amber Tamblyn

The Hi-Tech Teens of Silicon Valley 12 MIN, 7 SEC

In the world of Silicon Valley, the talent is getting younger and younger. College dropouts have joined the ranks of tech companies for years, but now high school dropouts are calling the valley home. These are kids who were skipping school anyway to attend hack-a-thons; and kids who’ve already made apps on top ten most-downloaded lists. Bored with regular teenage life, they are headed to Silicon Valley to work in the tech sector. Tech journalist Nellie Bowles wrote about them in “Real Teens of Silicon Valley,” an article for the California Sunday Magazine.

Guests:
Nellie Bowles, Re/code (@NellieBowles)
Jackson Greathouse Fall, independent designer (@jacksonfall)

Kamasi Washington's 'The Epic' 15 MIN, 46 SEC

The jazz record by Los Angeles-based tenor sax player and composer Kamasi Washington features dozens of musicians and singers performing almost three hours of music. The new album is called The Epic, and includes a 32-piece orchestra and a choir with 20 singers. The musician, who has also played with Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill and Kendrick Lamar, talks us through his process and his sound.

Guests:
Kamasi Washington, tenor saxophone player (@KamasiW)

The Epic

Kamasi Washington

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