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"I wear the same stuff firefighters wear. So yellow Nomex suit, helmet, goggles, boots, gloves, fire shelter. I drive a four-wheel drive vehicle. I bring a chainsaw.

"I wear the same stuff firefighters wear. So yellow Nomex suit, helmet, goggles, boots, gloves, fire shelter. I drive a four-wheel drive vehicle. I bring a chainsaw. I bring everything that I need to be completely self-contained for up to three days at a time, sometimes longer," says Josh Edelson.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Biden has 99 problems and the ports back logs are just one

Josh, Liz, Sean and Amy talk about President Joe Biden’s economic problems and redistricting ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

Why certain sea creatures flourish at the site of the OC oil spill

Nearly two weeks have passed since news broke about an oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach.

How might USC’s scandals affect its reputation and people’s decisions to study or work there?

"Will they lose a few [students]? Perhaps. But this shouldn't affect the overall decisions to go. I think USC may pay more of a price in faculty than in students," says Scott Jaschik.

Mark Ridley-Thomas indictment will shock nonprofit world and homelessness advocates, says City Council reporter

LA City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas faces 20 federal charges of conspiracy, bribery, mail, and wire fraud — all connected to an alleged scheme with Marilyn Louise Flynn, the former…

Nearly half of parents of teenagers saw a new or worsening mental health condition in their child since the start of the pandemic,according to a national poll from the C.S.

from Greater LA

President Biden’s average approval rating has dropped from a high of 55% in late March and April to about 44% now, and those ratings are dropping quickest among Black and Latino…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Law professor Carissa Byrne Hessick joins Josh Barro and Ken White on the show to discuss plea bargains and the justice system.

from All the Presidents' Lawyers

Rodger Healy has worked in the commercial lobster industry for 34 years, and he says lobster catchers in Dana Point will probably lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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“The big question here is: Who can they find to really take this league and make sure players are safe, make sure the league stays alive?”

Whether 10-year-old National Women’s Soccer League can survive abuse allegations surrounding coaches

“The big question here is: Who can they find to really take this league and make sure players are safe, make sure the league stays alive?”

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

President Biden announced today that the Port of Los Angeles is going to operate around-the-clock to try to ease some of the supply chain issues.

Biden wants Port of LA to work 24/7 to relieve supply chain congestion, as holidays approach

President Biden announced today that the Port of Los Angeles is going to operate around-the-clock to try to ease some of the supply chain issues.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Californians suffering most from extreme heat live in Southern California and the Central Valley, like Riverside and Bakersfield, says LA Times environmental reporter Anna Phillips.

Human death toll from heat was 6 times higher than what the state reported, LA Times investigation finds

Californians suffering most from extreme heat live in Southern California and the Central Valley, like Riverside and Bakersfield, says LA Times environmental reporter Anna Phillips.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Strong winds from Monday night helped fan the Alisal Fire north of Santa Barbara, which has burned thousands of acres and is uncontained as of noon today.

After all this extreme wind in SoCal, expect temps to rise 10-20 degrees, says former JPL climatologist

Strong winds from Monday night helped fan the Alisal Fire north of Santa Barbara, which has burned thousands of acres and is uncontained as of noon today.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Southwest Airlines has canceled nearly 2500 flights since Friday.

Southwest cancels mass flights, fights with union over vax mandate. What does this mean for holiday travelers?

Southwest Airlines has canceled nearly 2500 flights since Friday.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The National League Division Series comes to Chavez Ravine Monday night for Game 3 between the LA Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. The teams are tied 1-1 in the best-of-five series.

It’s not just LA versus SF. The Dodgers-Giants rivalry originates in NY

The National League Division Series comes to Chavez Ravine Monday night for Game 3 between the LA Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. The teams are tied 1-1 in the best-of-five series.

from Greater LA

KCRW profiles a resident of Homekey, a statewide program to turn hotels and motels into homeless housing. But how do you build stability in a place designed for temporary stays?

California’s Homekey effort offers stability to Angelenos living on the streets. But most of the housing isn’t permanent yet

KCRW profiles a resident of Homekey, a statewide program to turn hotels and motels into homeless housing. But how do you build stability in a place designed for temporary stays?

from Greater LA

As Orange County confronts a recent oil spill, political fallout ensues over what needs to change.

Oil spill along Huntington Beach oozes into Orange County politics

As Orange County confronts a recent oil spill, political fallout ensues over what needs to change.

from Greater LA

Abortion rights advocates nationwide cheered when a federal judge blocked Texas’ strict abortion law last week. But that celebration was short-lived.

Texas’ abortion law is on again, off again. What’s the current court ruling?

Abortion rights advocates nationwide cheered when a federal judge blocked Texas’ strict abortion law last week. But that celebration was short-lived.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Early trials show that the medication, which people are supposed to take at the onset of symptoms, could cut coronavirus-related deaths and hospitalizations by half.

Merck’s COVID pill treatment costs $700 per patient and is 50% effective. What could it mean for vax uptake?

Early trials show that the medication, which people are supposed to take at the onset of symptoms, could cut coronavirus-related deaths and hospitalizations by half.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

There’s still no timeline for Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Senate confirmation hearing to be U.S. ambassador to India.

Is Mayor Eric Garcetti a lame duck in LA as he awaits Senate confirmation to be India ambassador?

There’s still no timeline for Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Senate confirmation hearing to be U.S. ambassador to India.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

All is not well between Bob Iger and Bob Chapek at Disney, as detailed in a Hollywood Reporter article by Kim Masters.

At Disney, it’s Bob vs. Bob

All is not well between Bob Iger and Bob Chapek at Disney, as detailed in a Hollywood Reporter article by Kim Masters.

from The Business

“When it comes to women of color, we know that they have a higher rate of sexual assault and rape, they have higher rates of murder by partners.

‘Race layers on top of the misogyny and leaves women of color completely vulnerable’: Anita Hill on gender violence

“When it comes to women of color, we know that they have a higher rate of sexual assault and rape, they have higher rates of murder by partners.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

For a long time, WME and CAA have been the number one and number two agencies in Hollywood.

Talent agency CAA acquires rival ICM, continuing the Hollywood consolidation wave

For a long time, WME and CAA have been the number one and number two agencies in Hollywood.

from Hollywood Breakdown