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“When you grab a taser, it feels like a handgun. It's got a pistol grip.

“When you grab a taser, it feels like a handgun. It's got a pistol grip. They weigh about the same in many cases, some cases less, depending on what type of firearm that officer is carrying to begin with,” explains Deputy Sheriff Edward Obayashi of the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Joe Mathews: Climate change touches every issue in California

"Judging California’s climate change policies by greenhouse gas emissions is backwards.

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Sweden refused to lock down during the pandemic. How is the country faring now?

The country’s strategy surrounded physical distancing, limiting large gatherings, and staying home while you’re sick.

Why some violent crimes are up in LA: Combo of COVID and nation’s long history with guns

This year kicked off with an alarming rise in shootings in Los Angeles, according to the LAPD’s public stats. Homicides are up, robberies are down, rapes are down, car thefts are up.

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Josh Barro speaks with Ken White about Rudy Giuliani’s response to the defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems, Rep. Katie Hill’s loss against the Daily Mail and more.

from All the Presidents' Lawyers

About 10,000 units of affordable housing in LA County are likely to flip to market-rate in the next five to 10 years.

from Greater LA

Fanatic! Happy weekend to you. I hope the last few days have been great. We have yet again, put together a tremendous set of tunes for what will hopefully be your great enjoyment.

from Henry Rollins

Tokyo’s Nana Yamato, at the age of 16, just released a brilliant bedroom pop album titled Before Sunrise.

from Morning Becomes Eclectic

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A new Latinx-owned ice cream pop-up in Koreatown is using sweet treats to broach sensitive topics surrounding mental health and self care.

Sad Girl Creamery offers mental health support, scoop by scoop

A new Latinx-owned ice cream pop-up in Koreatown is using sweet treats to broach sensitive topics surrounding mental health and self care.

from Greater LA

A tiny street with a fancy name and down-to-earth people can be a simple reminder that a safe, quiet, ordinary place is extraordinarily sacred to the people who live there.

What’s in a street name? Roslyndale Ave., known for ‘Back to the Future,’ has a uniquely enduring community

A tiny street with a fancy name and down-to-earth people can be a simple reminder that a safe, quiet, ordinary place is extraordinarily sacred to the people who live there.

from Greater LA

KCRW is here to help you emerge from your Covid cocoon with our very own virtual festival of calm. Enter: 24 Hours of Serenity , going down from midnight through 11:59 p.m.

Join esperanza spalding, Valerie June, KCRW DJs, and more for 24 Hours of Serenity fest

KCRW is here to help you emerge from your Covid cocoon with our very own virtual festival of calm. Enter: 24 Hours of Serenity , going down from midnight through 11:59 p.m.

from Music News

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Post-traumatic growth: How COVID helps us change for the better and refocus priorities

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from KCRW Features

For Oakland resident Jenni Bregman, getting vaccinated meant she could rehearse with her dance troupe again.

For this dancer, getting vaccinated means a return to her troupe

For Oakland resident Jenni Bregman, getting vaccinated meant she could rehearse with her dance troupe again.

from Greater LA

Luminary reed man Gary Bartz has been a pioneering figure in progressive Black music, paving the way for a wide variety of artists over the last six decades.

Gary Bartz: ‘Day By Day’

Luminary reed man Gary Bartz has been a pioneering figure in progressive Black music, paving the way for a wide variety of artists over the last six decades.

from Today's Top Tune

Jonathan Taplin joins Robert Scheer to discuss his new memoir about the time he spent among rock-and-roll royalty like Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin.

Capitalism Killed the Rock-and-Roll Star

Jonathan Taplin joins Robert Scheer to discuss his new memoir about the time he spent among rock-and-roll royalty like Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin.

from Scheer Intelligence

California’s regulations surrounding cannabis billboards are hazy, to put it bluntly. Proposition 64, which made cannabis legal, banned billboards on interstate freeways like the 10.

Competing bills seek to clarify California’s hazy cannabis billboard rules

California’s regulations surrounding cannabis billboards are hazy, to put it bluntly. Proposition 64, which made cannabis legal, banned billboards on interstate freeways like the 10.

from Greater LA

As more businesses are slowly opening back up, and more vaccinated people are stepping outside of their bubble, KCRW asked listeners who have received their shots: How are you living…

Why a post-vaccine trip to your local dive bar holds new meaning

As more businesses are slowly opening back up, and more vaccinated people are stepping outside of their bubble, KCRW asked listeners who have received their shots: How are you living…

from Greater LA

In the coming days, LA County will begin hosting thousands of unaccompanied minors, children fleeing poverty and violence mostly in Central America.

Long Beach and Pomona to welcome migrant kids. But some activists aren’t happy

In the coming days, LA County will begin hosting thousands of unaccompanied minors, children fleeing poverty and violence mostly in Central America.

from Greater LA

Wayne Koestenbaum’s first book of short fiction, “The Cheerful Scapegoat,” is a spectacularly odd and original collection of whimsical, surreal, baroque, ribald, and heartbreaking…

Wayne Koestenbaum: “The Cheerful Scapegoat”

Wayne Koestenbaum’s first book of short fiction, “The Cheerful Scapegoat,” is a spectacularly odd and original collection of whimsical, surreal, baroque, ribald, and heartbreaking…

from Bookworm

California’s elementary and middle school students, English learners, and students from low-income backgrounds saw significant learning losses in math and English after more than a…

As kids return to physical classes, how can they recover from pandemic Zoom school?

California’s elementary and middle school students, English learners, and students from low-income backgrounds saw significant learning losses in math and English after more than a…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A decade and-a-half ago, a relatively obscure tech entrepreneur with a passion for education reform was rejected for a second term as head of the California School Board over his…

The man who runs Netflix once headed California’s School Board. The pandemic shows we were wrong to drive him out

A decade and-a-half ago, a relatively obscure tech entrepreneur with a passion for education reform was rejected for a second term as head of the California School Board over his…

from Zócalo's Connecting California

Whether crispy or crunchy, hot with chile or sweet with honey, fried chicken is found all over the world. And luckily we have a world of choices right here in Southern California.

Evan Kleiman’s top fried chicken spots in SoCal: Pikunico, Honey’s Kettle, Golden Bird, and more

Whether crispy or crunchy, hot with chile or sweet with honey, fried chicken is found all over the world. And luckily we have a world of choices right here in Southern California.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Last week, we embarked on the road back to live performances and interviews at KCRW with the great Celeste .

Watch soul powerhouse Celeste perform on KCRW, and tell us why she’s ‘not your muse’

Last week, we embarked on the road back to live performances and interviews at KCRW with the great Celeste .

If you’ve seen “The Trial of the Chicago Seven,” you’ve heard her gorgeous song “Hear My Voice,” which is in the running for Best Original Song at the Oscars this month’s.

Join us today for an alluring and intimate set from Celeste!

If you’ve seen “The Trial of the Chicago Seven,” you’ve heard her gorgeous song “Hear My Voice,” which is in the running for Best Original Song at the Oscars this month’s.

from Morning Becomes Eclectic

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for April 15, 2021.

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for April 15, 2021

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for April 15, 2021.

The Church’s Jeffrey Cain, a.k.a. Iris Doe, was on tour when he heard the news that Fred Cole of the punk band Dead Moon had passed.

Iris Doe: ‘A Miss of You’

The Church’s Jeffrey Cain, a.k.a. Iris Doe, was on tour when he heard the news that Fred Cole of the punk band Dead Moon had passed.

from Today's Top Tune

A Global Exploration of Sounds.

Aaron Byrd's playlist, April 14, 2021

A Global Exploration of Sounds.

from Aaron Byrd