FROM Larry Perel
Santa Barbara native Katy Perry on giving back after the fire and mudslides This weekend, one of Santa Barbara’s most famous homegrown celebrities is returning to her roots. Katy Perry is best known as the only female artist in history with five singles in one album. But before she was an international sensation, she was a teenager from Goleta busking at the Santa Barbara Farmers Market for avocados.
Building a memorial for Montecito Will more granny flats fix Santa Barbara’s affordable housing problem, or just overcrowd neighborhoods and make parking impossible? We speak with a reporter tracking the story. New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof comes to town to speak about building resilient communities after disasters - both at home and abroad. And a stone cutter and artist wants to build a memorial for Montecito.
After 25 years, k.d. lang revisits her most popular album Celebrating the 25th anniversary of her Grammy-award winning, critically acclaimed album Ingénue, k.d. lang is on the road bringing live performances of her platinum-selling record to venues across the U.S. She speaks with KCRW before her performance at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara.
Spafford and the rise of jam bands The jam band scene has exploded in the last 15 years. Musicians inspired by the Grateful Dead and Phish have created their own sounds, styles and bands. Spafford is one of them. Getting its start in Prescott, Ariz., the band is now touring the country and making a stop at SOhO in Santa Barbara.
Substandard living in Santa Barbara Property owner Dario Pini houses thousands of low-income tenants throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, but faces over 3,000 health and safety violations and three lawsuits by the city of Santa Barbara. A new investigative report explores whether this self-proclaimed savior is actually a slumlord, and why it's taken officials nearly three decades to stop him.
Landlord or slumlord? Santa Barbara cracks down on Dario Pini, again Three lawsuits brought on by the city of Santa Barbara against one of its most infamous landlords may end a 20-year cat-and-mouse game once and for all.
Since 1925, the story of Porgy and Bess remains relevant A jazz interpretation of the American opera Porgy and Bess debuts this weekend at the New Vic Theater in Santa Barbara. KCRW's Larry Perel spoke with the starring actors about the history behind the production and why the story is just as relevant today.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
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?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.