FROM Daniel A. Gross
‘Weeding’ Triggers ‘Librarygate’ at Berkeley Public Library For gardeners, weeding can be a sometimes-unpleasant, but necessary task, and it’s the same for librarians. When they take books out of circulation, it’s referred to as ‘ weeding ’. They’ll remove books from the shelves that people have lost interest in and replace them with newer books. But last summer, Berkeley residents decided that the ‘weeding’ had gone too far at their beloved Berkeley Public Library, prompting them to protest against head librarian Jeff Scott, who was forced to resign. The incident became known as ‘Librarygate’.
How Orange County Got Its Name… and Lost Its Oranges One hundred years ago, orange groves were described as "a second gold rush" in California, and they helped add to local prosperity and population growth. But looking at Orange County today, you'd hardly know how it got its name. Independent producer Daniel A. Gross has a report. Nick Spain stands beside the Old Sexlinger Orchard, the last intact citrus plot in Orange County. Photo: Daniel A. Gross Daniel's report comes to us from KCRW's Independent Producer Project . For more pictures of Southern California orchards then and now, go to the Which Way, LA blog .
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."