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Warner Music just moved its employees to a new home in an old factory building in the Arts District.

Friends, family and fans continue to mourn the loss of rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed over the weekend outside his clothing store in South Los Angeles.

The L.A. County Coroner’s Office has concluded that a man who died at the home of a prominent Democratic donor in West Hollywood overdosed on crystal meth.

Before former Governor Jerry Brown left office, last year, he put his pen to a couple, new transparency laws.  Both have to do with public access to internal police investigations and…

Think of Santa Monica and there are a number of things that come to mind: an idyllic, beachside setting; a tech-saturated economy; a bastion of liberal politics.

Those who cast their ballot in the LA Unified School Board election at a local school or church likely did so for the last time.

It’s the team that’s had to deal with a geography and identity crisis for years, with some of the most supportive fans in Major League Baseball. The L.A.

A landmark bill signed by then-Governor Brown last year is intended to make records of police misconduct available to the public.

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David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for April 21, 2021.

Tonight we go to demonstrations and scenes around the state, as host Brian Watt of KQED helps us hear how our neighbors are processing the news.

Writer Mark Harris on Mike Nichols as an outsider.

from The Treatment

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Weather is getting warmer, days are getting longer, and spring is in full effect. KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd shares a few new songs for soundtracking the season.

Aaron Byrd’s spring soundtrack features EJ Worland, Nala, Liniker and more

Weather is getting warmer, days are getting longer, and spring is in full effect. KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd shares a few new songs for soundtracking the season.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In the TV series “Godfather of Harlem,” Forest Whitaker plays Bumpy Johnson, a real-life crime boss from the 1960s.

Forest Whitaker on ‘Godfather of Harlem’ and ‘Respect,’ plus the musical roots of his career

In the TV series “Godfather of Harlem,” Forest Whitaker plays Bumpy Johnson, a real-life crime boss from the 1960s.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for April 20, 2021.

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for April 20, 2021

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for April 20, 2021.

In Our Backyard, a new series on climate change, from Warren Olney. Coming Thursday!

In Our Backyard

In Our Backyard, a new series on climate change, from Warren Olney. Coming Thursday!

from To the Point

The people getting COVID-19 vaccines tend to be whiter and more affluent. That’s why the city of LA deploys 10 mobile vaccination teams to some of the hardest-hit neighborhoods.

This mobile vaccination team fights fear and gang lines to protect LA’s most vulnerable

The people getting COVID-19 vaccines tend to be whiter and more affluent. That’s why the city of LA deploys 10 mobile vaccination teams to some of the hardest-hit neighborhoods.

from Greater LA

In the Oscar-nominated short film “ Two Distant Strangers ,” a Black man named Carter can’t escape the same day.

‘Two Distant Strangers’ puts you in shoes of a Black man who can’t escape getting killed

In the Oscar-nominated short film “ Two Distant Strangers ,” a Black man named Carter can’t escape the same day.

from Greater LA

This one-hour special will focus on the mental health impacts of anti-Asian racism and violence on AAPI communities statewide.

CA statewide special: Mental health impacts of anti-Asian racism and violence

This one-hour special will focus on the mental health impacts of anti-Asian racism and violence on AAPI communities statewide.

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for April 19, 2021.

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for April 19, 2021

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for April 19, 2021.