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Experts have updated California’s earthquake forecast -- and the predictions are not good. Our risk of experiencing a magnitude 8 quake have nearly doubled. On the four-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, can we learn anything from that country’s experience? Then, in our regular sports roundup, a look ahead to the boxing match of the century. Next, a new documentary profiles The Wrecking Crew, a group of studio musicians who contributed to many major pop hits in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. And finally, how art critic Jerry Saltz' controversial posts got him banned from Facebook -- not nude photos, but medieval paintings. 

Banner Image: Manny Pacquiao (left) Floyd Mayweather (right) 

Dire Earthquake Forecast for California 16 MIN, 19 SEC

The Northridge earthquake in 1994 killed 57 people, injured thousands and caused an estimated $20 billion in property damage. That was a 6.7 magnitude earthquake. Now, experts are saying that California’s risk of experiencing an even worse quake -- a magnitude 8 -- are almost double previous predictions. Also, today is the four-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We look at how the country has recovered, and what we can learn from Japan.

Yoh Kawano, UCLA
Ned Field, research geophysicist

Sports: Mayweather v Pacquiao 9 MIN, 12 SEC

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will be facing off at a press conference downtown, today, at the Nokia Theater. Their May 2 showdown has been billed as the boxing match of the century. We talk about that in our regular sports roundup, as well at the start of March Madness this Sunday, the effect of Oklahoma’s racist video on college recruiting and the Lakers’ dismal chances this season.

Jason Sklar, comedian and sports commentator (@SklarBrothers)
Randy Sklar, comedian and sports commentator (@SklarBrothers)

The Wrecking Crew’s Unheralded Role in Pop Music 14 MIN, 27 SEC

Here’s a question for all you rock n’ roll history buffs: what do the Beach Boys, the Byrds, the Monkees and Nancy Sinatra have in common? Well, perhaps a few things. One for sure, they all made music with the group of studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew. The group helped create and played on some of the biggest hits of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. Glen Campbell later broke out with a solo career. Another of the crew’s better-known players was a guitarist named Tommy Tedesco. Tedesco’s son, Denny, has made a documentary about the group.

Denny Tedesco, producer, 'The Wrecking Crew' (@wreckcrewfilm)

How Medieval Paintings Got an Art Critic Banned from Facebook 8 MIN, 5 SEC

Social media companies have a hard time when it comes to provocative art. One teacher in France was so incensed when Facebook removed a post of a close-up nude painted by Courbet, he sued the company. A French court has agreed to hear his case. Meanwhile, art critic Jerry Saltz has a similarly complicated relationship with social media, where he highlights little-known artists and long-forgotten paintings with arch and irreverent captions. He was rewarded last week by getting banned from Facebook after too many complaints from fellow users. His offense? Too many medieval paintings.

Jerry Saltz, Senior Art Critic, New York Magazine, Vulture.com (@jerrysaltz)

I Got Kicked Off of Facebook for Posting Images of Medieval Art

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