FROM Kathryn Barnes
Taste some Japanese grapes growing in Ventura At a farm in the Ventura town of Fillmore, a family is growing Japanese table grapes. Like Concord grapes, they are big and juicy. But, they have a unique flavor and aroma.
Can Santa Barbara's Funk Zone maintain its funky flavor? A new development called La Entrada sits between Santa Barbara's waterfront, the Funk Zone neighborhood and the city's Amtrak station. New construction is changing the look of Santa Barbara's waterfront. First, a new science museum opened its doors earlier this year. Now, a major development taking up three parcels of land is about to open. While both projects are meant to boost tourism along the city's main corridor, it also means saying goodbye to part of its charm. The Funk Zone used to be a real estate wasteland. It was full of grain mills and fish packing houses. Then, in the 1970s, artists started renovating these cheap, industrial spaces into funky apartments and studio workplaces. About twenty years ago, those artists started getting priced out. Rents went up. Wine tasting rooms moved in. So did breweries, high end bars and restaurants. Tourists from LA started coming up for bachelorette parties. Just like the Arts District in LA, the Funk Zone became unaffordable for artists and craftspeople. Now a development called La Entrada is going in next door. It's a 250,000 square foot project that'll include a swanky hotel with rooms for $500 a night, a rooftop pool, an upscale restaurant, parking garage and more. So, what will Santa Barbara's waterfront look like once all this construction and development is complete? KCRW's Kathryn Barnes spoke to residents who lament the loss of the Funk Zone's eclectic spirit, as well as those who are looking forward to new developments.
KCRW Live: A Campus Divided The election in November exposed a deep political disconnect in America. One place that tension has been felt most is on college campuses around the country. KCRW's Jonathan Bastian brings together a panel of UC Santa Barbara students with diverse backgrounds and beliefs to discuss how divided they really are and how to talk to one another with respect.
KCRW Live: The Human Face of Drought The recent rain in Southern California has many rejoicing, but scientists say we should prepare for hotter, drier years ahead. In a special live broadcast from Santa Barbara, KCRW's Jonathan Bastian speaks with three water experts who take us on a local, state and global tour of the people and places being impacted by water instability.
Holly Bowling Classically trained pianist Holly Bowling has spent the last few years re-imagining the music of two legendary bands: the Grateful Dead and Phish. She spoke with KCRW's Larry Perel before her show in Santa Barbara.
KCRW Live: Undocumented under Trump Five days after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, KCRW airs a special live broadcast from Oxnard about what the Trump Administration's immigration policies might mean for undocumented farmworkers in California, with a focus on the strawberry fields and citrus groves of Ventura County. Hosted by Jonathan Bastian.
Priced Out: Santa Barbara's housing crisis To understand Santa Barbara's current housing situation, you just need to look at the numbers: the median home price is around $1 million, the rental market is 99.5 percent full, and there's a 10-year waiting list for public housing.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.