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LA officials are increasing law enforcement presence on the county’s Metro system following a spike in violence over the last few weeks.

LA officials are increasing law enforcement presence on the county’s Metro system following a spike in violence over the last few weeks.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Dear Ruth: How Ruth Dolphin (Re-)Built a Musical Empire

Lost Notes celebrates the life of Ruth Dolphin, who went from being a terrified widow with four kids to the mother of an LA musical empire.

KCRW Partner Screening: 'Young Woman and the Sea'

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KCRW and Disney invite you to a special advance screening of Young Woman and the Sea.

Today’s Top Tune: Charley Crockett - ‘$10 Cowboy’

Austin-based Charley Crockett is on the short list for Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Association Award at Americana Fest in Nashville in September and he’s in great…

How CA got its unique coastline, what cool creatures live there

The California coast spans 840 miles and boasts diverse flora and fauna. Pat Krug’s new book explains why these creatures live where they do, and gives tips on how to spot them.

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Morning Becomes Eclectic

KCRW's signature daily music show. New releases, live performances, and interviews.

May. 22 2 hr, 49 min

Francesca Harding

Music to make you feel.

May. 21 2 hr

FREAKS ONLY

Future beats and a mind-melting mix of fuzz, bass, and funk. Served fresh every weeknight.

May. 21 1 hr, 59 min

José Galván

An infectious harmony of varied sounds and melodies that bridge cultures and genres.

May. 20 2 hr

LeRoy Downs

A varied sonic experience to jazz, blending music, style, and culture.

May. 19 2 hr

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Fanatic! I hope you had a great week. I’ve been at the desk working away on things and trying to get in as much listening as possible.

from Henry Rollins

Jason Bentley captures the hypnotic pulse of modern city life on Saturday night.

from Metropolis

Designer of KCRW’s Spring Pledge drive merch, Walker Noble, shares some inspo and Anne Litt helps share the tunes.

from Morning Becomes Eclectic

A landslide on Topanga Canyon Blvd. blocks access to Pacific Coast Highway, leading to three-hour commutes and potential catastrophe in fire season.

from KCRW Features

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Film critic Tim Grierson reviews what’s new at Cannes, including works from Francis Ford Coppola and Yorgos Lanthimos. A Donald Trump biopic is also in the lineup.

What to check out at this year’s Cannes Film Festival

Film critic Tim Grierson reviews what’s new at Cannes, including works from Francis Ford Coppola and Yorgos Lanthimos. A Donald Trump biopic is also in the lineup.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Alyse Whitney’s new cookbook is exuberant, fun, and filled with recipes for all kinds of dips — classics, five-minute ideas, plus light and healthy fare.

Fill your Memorial Day with ‘Big Dip Energy’ — bring the chips!

Alyse Whitney’s new cookbook is exuberant, fun, and filled with recipes for all kinds of dips — classics, five-minute ideas, plus light and healthy fare.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Scarlett Johansson says ChatGPT’s new AI assistant “Sky” sounds alarmingly like her. She previously declined a request from OpenAI to be its voice.

Amid Johansson-OpenAI tiff, do consumers want what tech companies are selling?

Scarlett Johansson says ChatGPT’s new AI assistant “Sky” sounds alarmingly like her. She previously declined a request from OpenAI to be its voice.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Billie Eilish’s “LUNCH” gets flirty-for-real, Elkka’s “Right Here” summons you to the dance floor, and the “Challengers” OST goes off.

5 Songs to Hear This Week: Billie Eilish, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Elkka

Billie Eilish’s “LUNCH” gets flirty-for-real, Elkka’s “Right Here” summons you to the dance floor, and the “Challengers” OST goes off.

from Music News

Enjoy some classic Beck cuts as you donate to enter to win a box for four at the Hollywood Bowl on July 6 where he’ll play, backed by the LA Philharmonic(!).

MBE playlist May 22: Picture you + your friends watching Beck from a box at the Bowl

Enjoy some classic Beck cuts as you donate to enter to win a box for four at the Hollywood Bowl on July 6 where he’ll play, backed by the LA Philharmonic(!).

from Morning Becomes Eclectic

LA artist Jessica Pratt has been rounding up fans for a dozen years as a talented songwriter armed with an acoustic guitar and a soft-yet-penetrating voice.

Today’s Top Tune: Jessica Pratt - ‘Life Is’

LA artist Jessica Pratt has been rounding up fans for a dozen years as a talented songwriter armed with an acoustic guitar and a soft-yet-penetrating voice.

from Today's Top Tune

Music to make you feel.

Francesca Harding's playlist, May 21, 2024

Music to make you feel.

from Francesca Harding

Aussie punks Amyl and the Sniffers want to make sure you know that “U Should Not Be Doing That.”

FREAKS ONLY playlist: Snarling practice

Aussie punks Amyl and the Sniffers want to make sure you know that “U Should Not Be Doing That.”

from FREAKS ONLY

The arc of KCRW’s Top 30 Chart is long and it keeps bending toward Justice(!).

KCRW’s Top 30 chart: May 13–19, 2024

The arc of KCRW’s Top 30 Chart is long and it keeps bending toward Justice(!).

Nevada is crucial for another Biden presidential victory in November. But an emerging group of evangelical Latino voters could deliver a win for Trump, who leads in the polls.

The presidential election fight over Nevada’s conservative Latino voters

Nevada is crucial for another Biden presidential victory in November. But an emerging group of evangelical Latino voters could deliver a win for Trump, who leads in the polls.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The first laws criminalizing stalking in California stemmed from the 1991 trial of Tucson resident Robert Bardo, who tracked down and killed LA actress Rebecca Schaeffer.

Murder of LA actress led to country’s first anti-stalking laws

The first laws criminalizing stalking in California stemmed from the 1991 trial of Tucson resident Robert Bardo, who tracked down and killed LA actress Rebecca Schaeffer.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A new HBO docu-series looks at the rise of Stax Records. The label that boasted Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes couldn’t survive the cut-throat music industry.

Soul label Stax Records couldn’t break through to white America

A new HBO docu-series looks at the rise of Stax Records. The label that boasted Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes couldn’t survive the cut-throat music industry.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

After closing arguments next week, Trump’s legal fate will be with a New York jury.

As the defense rests its case, Trump’s NY trial nears a close

After closing arguments next week, Trump’s legal fate will be with a New York jury.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

LA artist Walker Noble on designing KCRW’s Spring pledge drive merch, ‘cool cat grandpas,’ and staying optimistic.

LA artist Walker Noble’s ‘golden’ inspiration

LA artist Walker Noble on designing KCRW’s Spring pledge drive merch, ‘cool cat grandpas,’ and staying optimistic.

from Morning Becomes Eclectic

Designer of KCRW’s Spring Pledge drive merch, Walker Noble, shares some inspo and Anne Litt helps share the tunes.

MBE playlist May 21: Anne Litt + LA artist Walker Noble join the party

Designer of KCRW’s Spring Pledge drive merch, Walker Noble, shares some inspo and Anne Litt helps share the tunes.

from Morning Becomes Eclectic

Ok, we get it. LA has a lot of characters who are easy to poke fun at, and now they’ve got an anthem all their own.

Today’s Top Tune: Flight Facilities - ‘Days of the Week’ (Feat. Enumclaw)

Ok, we get it. LA has a lot of characters who are easy to poke fun at, and now they’ve got an anthem all their own.

from Today's Top Tune

An infectious harmony of varied sounds and melodies that bridge cultures and genres.

José Galván's playlist, May 20, 2024

An infectious harmony of varied sounds and melodies that bridge cultures and genres.

from José Galván

Menahan Street Band + Rogê’s “Tropical Man” sets the perfect pre-Summer tone.

FREAKS ONLY playlist: Menahan Street Band + Rogê, Jessica Pratt, Beth Gibbons

Menahan Street Band + Rogê’s “Tropical Man” sets the perfect pre-Summer tone.

from FREAKS ONLY

The LA City Council declared May 19 “Father Greg Boyle Day,” and Joe Biden recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Boyle for his anti-gang violence work.

Replay: In divided world, how to speak ‘whole language’ of compassion

The LA City Council declared May 19 “Father Greg Boyle Day,” and Joe Biden recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Boyle for his anti-gang violence work.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand