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The U.S. is facing a dire blood shortage that’s prompted some LA trauma centers to close.

The U.S. is facing a dire blood shortage that’s prompted some LA trauma centers to close. Currently, the FDA says men who have sex with men can’t donate blood unless they’ve been celibate for the past three months.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

‘Rio LA’ author wants LA River brought back to life

LA Times columnist Patt Morrison is back with an updated version of her 2011 bestseller: “Río L.A.: Tales from the Los Angeles River.”

Global Beat Australia: The Church’s Steve Kilbey, Via Tania, and Even

This week we’re featuring new work from some familiar names (especially if you’re a fan of Australian legacy artists).

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In part two of KCRW's conversation with Bradley Cooper, he gets real about his anxieties around the future of the industry.

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This week on The Treatment, Elvis welcomes back Academy Award winning director Guillermo del Toro, whose latest film is an adaption of the novel “Nightmare Alley” by William Lindsay…

from The Treatment

Don’t trash your fruit peels, chicken bones, and coffee grinds. A new food waste recycling law in California aims to cut methane emissions household by household.

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Fresh off releasing “Daydream Nation,” Sonic Youth stopped by KCRW to discuss Thurston Moore’s association with Glenn Branca, the band’s philosophy on good (and bad) reviews, and what Kim Gordon calls “the urban thrash thing.”

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer plans to retire after nearly 30 years on the bench. President Biden has promised to appoint a Black woman to his post.

Consensus builder Justice Breyer to retire. Who could replace him?

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer plans to retire after nearly 30 years on the bench. President Biden has promised to appoint a Black woman to his post.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Peloton was massively popular during the pandemic, but now its stock is plummeting. There are talks of layoffs, selling the company, and maybe ousting the CEO.

Is Peloton getting dropped? Pandemic darling lost control of its narrative

Peloton was massively popular during the pandemic, but now its stock is plummeting. There are talks of layoffs, selling the company, and maybe ousting the CEO.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Mexican journalists staged protests nationwide on Tuesday in response to the murders of three journalists, including Lourdes Maldonado López, this month alone.

In Mexico, 3 journalists killed this month, impunity is 90%

Mexican journalists staged protests nationwide on Tuesday in response to the murders of three journalists, including Lourdes Maldonado López, this month alone.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

As LA makes safety improvements during rapid neighborhood development south of the 10 freeway, locals ask which changes really benefit them.

Are crosswalks in West Adams another sign of gentrification?

As LA makes safety improvements during rapid neighborhood development south of the 10 freeway, locals ask which changes really benefit them.

from Greater LA

LAUSD is seeing a drop in COVID numbers and rise in attendance. KCRW checks in with third grade teacher Kristie Collette and high school teacher Aviva Alvarez-Zakson.

‘We've all been exposed’: LAUSD to stop COVID contact tracing

LAUSD is seeing a drop in COVID numbers and rise in attendance. KCRW checks in with third grade teacher Kristie Collette and high school teacher Aviva Alvarez-Zakson.

from Greater LA

Don’t trash your fruit peels, chicken bones, and coffee grinds. A new food waste recycling law in California aims to cut methane emissions household by household.

Recycle food waste to cut emissions: CA ushers in new law

Don’t trash your fruit peels, chicken bones, and coffee grinds. A new food waste recycling law in California aims to cut methane emissions household by household.

from KCRW Features

When poor families receive no-strings-attached cash, that’s linked to more development in their babies’ brains, according to the new “Baby’s First Years” study.

Babies’ brains light up more when their parents get cash with no rules, study shows

When poor families receive no-strings-attached cash, that’s linked to more development in their babies’ brains, according to the new “Baby’s First Years” study.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

“Finding Your Roots” is a PBS series that combs through family lineages of famous people. It’s inspired by host Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s own experience tracing his family tree.

Why do some families keep their roots a secret? Pain, says Henry Louis Gates Jr.

“Finding Your Roots” is a PBS series that combs through family lineages of famous people. It’s inspired by host Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s own experience tracing his family tree.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The City of Los Angeles is seven years into an ambitious plan to end traffic-related deaths by 2025. So why are fatalities going up?

LA pedestrian deaths climb despite ‘Vision Zero’

The City of Los Angeles is seven years into an ambitious plan to end traffic-related deaths by 2025. So why are fatalities going up?

from Greater LA

Former LA Rams running back Eric Dickerson talks about the team’s prospects, his untraditional family, and why retired players deserve better health care and pensions.

Former Rams player Eric Dickerson bashes NFL, praises his 3 moms

Former LA Rams running back Eric Dickerson talks about the team’s prospects, his untraditional family, and why retired players deserve better health care and pensions.

from Greater LA

Mark Oliver Everett, singer of the LA band Eels, talks about the lack of a warm relationship with his quantum physicist dad, and eating strawberries and popcorn for dinner.

Eels singer on forgiving parents, using music as an emotional outlet

Mark Oliver Everett, singer of the LA band Eels, talks about the lack of a warm relationship with his quantum physicist dad, and eating strawberries and popcorn for dinner.

from Greater LA

Evan Kleiman explains why you should buy beans locally — and recommends where. There are also many ways of cooking beans, from simple to complex.

Bask in beans: Low cost, high nutrition, endless recipes

Evan Kleiman explains why you should buy beans locally — and recommends where. There are also many ways of cooking beans, from simple to complex.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Critics discuss highlights from the Sundance Film Festival, plus new films in theaters and on streaming services, such as “Home Team,” “Sundown,” and “Cyrano.”

‘Jeen-Yuhs’ shows Kanye's early career with cautionary tale of fame, says critic

Critics discuss highlights from the Sundance Film Festival, plus new films in theaters and on streaming services, such as “Home Team,” “Sundown,” and “Cyrano.”

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Serving in the California government can be demoralizing, so many of the state’s promising public officials have found greener pastures — and more power — in nonprofits.

Why are CA politicians ditching public office, going nonprofit?

Serving in the California government can be demoralizing, so many of the state’s promising public officials have found greener pastures — and more power — in nonprofits.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

The 2022 Winter Olympics start next week in Beijing.

Winter Olympics: Weak vaccines in host country, event staff to wear hazmat suits

The 2022 Winter Olympics start next week in Beijing.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Thursday throwdown continues with brand new Toro Y Moi off his forthcoming record, due out in April.

MBE Jan. 27: Fresh cuts from Toro Y Moi, Zoe Shanghai, and more

The Thursday throwdown continues with brand new Toro Y Moi off his forthcoming record, due out in April.

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David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for January 27, 2022.

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for January 27, 2022

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for January 27, 2022.

San Francisco skateboard pioneer-turned-musician Tommy Guerrero and LA-based multi-instrumentalist Josh Lippi are Los Days.

Los Days: ‘Floating Against The Night Sky’

San Francisco skateboard pioneer-turned-musician Tommy Guerrero and LA-based multi-instrumentalist Josh Lippi are Los Days.

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