Independent ProducerKerstin Zilm is an Independent Producer from Germany. She started working as a reporter in Berlin, East and West Germany shortly after the wall came down. In 2003 she came to Los Angeles as head of the West coast radio studio for Germany’s public broadcasting network ARD. In 2008 Kerstin established her own studio in Los Angeles. In California with its great weather, abundance of interesting characters and fascinating landscapes she found a wonderful place to live and work.
FROM Kerstin Zilm
Pioneering Drought Tolerance at a California Cemetery As you decide where to lay a loved one to rest, do you picture their new surroundings -- the trees, plants, grass. And do you expect that scene to stay the same, forever? Odds are it won't. Last month Governor Jerry Brown issued California's first mandatory water restrictions, and the new rules apply to cemeteries, which have a long tradition of lush, well-watered lawns. In drought-stricken Southern California, this transition is coming with challenges as we hear from Kerstin Zilm. This piece was made in collaboration with KCRW's Independent Producer Project .
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."
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.