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When Yellowstone's most famous wolf was shot and killed -- legally – by a hunter, her death became an international story almost immediately. On this rebroadcast of today's To the Point, guest host Judy Muller looks at the ongoing debate about the role of the wolf in modern-day America. Also, Los Angeles celebrates one of Mexico's most important religious figures: the Virgin of Guadalupe. On Reporter's Notebook, a look at the legendary Ravi Shankar, the man who introduced Indian music to much of the western world.

Banner image: A wolf in Yellowstone National Park. Photo posted by Oregon State University, courtesy of Yellowstone National Park

Making News Los Angeles Celebrates the Dia de Guadalupe 11 MIN, 41 SEC

Today, thousands in southern California celebrate one of Mexico and Latin America's most important religious figures: the Virgin of Guadalupe. The tale of the Virgin's first appearance centuries ago is central to the story of Mexico. But the Virgin of Guadalupe isn't the only virgin in the Mexican religious pantheon. Others are venerated as well, and they all cross paths here in Los Angeles. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez talked to Anayansi Diaz-Cortes of our Sonic Trace initiative about a festival straight out of rural Mexico.

(Sonic Trace, a story telling project by Anayansi Diaz-Cortes and Eric Pearse-Chavez, is a storytelling project that explores Los Angeles thru the eyes of Latin Americans. It is brought to you by KCRW and Localore, a national initiative produced by AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.)

Saul Gonzalez, Host, 'There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles' (@SaulKCRW)
Anayansi Diaz-Cortes, Independent Producer, Creator of KCRW’s Sonic Trace (@anayansi_dc)

Main Topic Are Wolves out of the Woods? 29 MIN, 51 SEC

In Yellowstone National Park, she was officially known as 832F.  An alpha female gray wolf of considerable size and strength, she wore a GPS collar so researchers could track her movements. But many tourists and scientists called her ‘rock star.' She led the wolf pack in Yellowstone's Lamar Valley, an area where bison and elk provide lots of food. But this wolf's hunting prowess also represents the very thing that stirs up so much animosity among the many people who want to see fewer wolves in the west. So when 832F was shot and killed in Wyoming when she left the park boundaries, not everyone was mourning the loss, especially ranchers who lose livestock and hunters who compete for the elk. What's the loss to science? We hear the emotional debate about hunting and trapping.

Doug Smith, National Park Service (@NatlParkService)
Kim Bean, Wolves of the Rockies (@Bean540F)
Mark Holyoak, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (@markholyoak)
Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman (@rockybarker)
Noah Greenwald, Center for Biological Diversity (@CenterForBioDiv)

Scorched Earth

Rocky Barker

Reporter's Notebook Remembering Ravi Shankar 9 MIN, 42 SEC

George Harrison once called Ravi Shankar the godfather of world music. The classically-trained sitar player, who is credited with introducing Indian music to the Western world, has died at the age of 92. Many baby boomers came to know Shankar by way of the Beatles, but he was famous long before that and played with everyone from Philip Glass to John Coltrane. Shankar is the father of singer Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar, who is a sitar player in her own right. Tom Schnabel, long-time host of a weekly music program on KCRW, has a remembrance.


MBE producer Ariana Morgenstern, Ravi Shankar and Tom Schnabel


Tom Schnabel, Host of 'Rhythm Planet' (@tom_schnabel)


Howard Worth

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