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Greater LA

Host Steve Chiotakis connects you to the people and places of Southern California.

This year, L.A. replaced the traditional polling place with revamped voting centers. There aren’t as many locations, but voters can go to any of them.

LA voters praise new early, digital election process

This year, L.A. replaced the traditional polling place with revamped voting centers. There aren’t as many locations, but voters can go to any of them.

The World Health Organization announced today that the coronavirus has the potential to become a pandemic.

Costa Mesa officials and feds fight over coronavirus quarantine site

The World Health Organization announced today that the coronavirus has the potential to become a pandemic.

At a recent citizenship ceremony at the LA Convention Center, 5,000 people from all over the world became new citizens. That means 5,000 new potential voters.

New US citizens tackle voting

At a recent citizenship ceremony at the LA Convention Center, 5,000 people from all over the world became new citizens. That means 5,000 new potential voters.

It’s been nearly a month since Lakers star Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven other people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas.   
  The family picked today, February 24…

Kobe Bryant memorial brings together thousands of Angelenos

It’s been nearly a month since Lakers star Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven other people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas.  The family picked today, February 24…

You may be afraid of flying, public speaking or the coronavirus, but one of the most dangerous things you can do is get into your car every day.

Where is LA’s most dangerous intersection?

You may be afraid of flying, public speaking or the coronavirus, but one of the most dangerous things you can do is get into your car every day.

The LA Department of Transportation (LADOT) has ordered a fleet of 155 new electric buses. It’s the largest single order of them ever made in the nation.

Will electric buses increase LA’s public transit ridership?

The LA Department of Transportation (LADOT) has ordered a fleet of 155 new electric buses. It’s the largest single order of them ever made in the nation.

Starting this week, immigrants who rely on public benefits -- like Medicare, food stamps or public housing -- could be denied a path to permanent residency and ultimately citizenship. …

Immigrants using public benefits may be denied citizenship

Starting this week, immigrants who rely on public benefits -- like Medicare, food stamps or public housing -- could be denied a path to permanent residency and ultimately citizenship. …

LA doesn’t have much street cred when it comes to pizza. Cities like Chicago and New York have their own distinct pies. So why not LA?

LA’s pizza game is stronger than you think

LA doesn’t have much street cred when it comes to pizza. Cities like Chicago and New York have their own distinct pies. So why not LA?

Sex education isn’t just about putting condoms on bananas anymore.

Parents fight to censor California sex ed

Sex education isn’t just about putting condoms on bananas anymore.

California’s progressive sex education upsets some parents, but students nationwide can find much more explicit content online.

Why social media became a home for sex ed

California’s progressive sex education upsets some parents, but students nationwide can find much more explicit content online.

The Plaza Historic District, or El Pueblo Historical Monument, is the oldest section of the city.

A dedication of the newest phase of downtown LA's historic walkway

The Plaza Historic District, or El Pueblo Historical Monument, is the oldest section of the city.

Governor Gavin Newsom delivered his annual State of the State speech today. A lot of it focused on fighting homelessness.

Gov. Newsom’s State of State speech targets homelessness

Governor Gavin Newsom delivered his annual State of the State speech today. A lot of it focused on fighting homelessness.

If you grew up in LA, you may have fond memories of LAUSD's coffee cake. We've got the original 1954 recipe for you here.

How LAUSD’s classic coffee cake evolved and led to love

If you grew up in LA, you may have fond memories of LAUSD's coffee cake. We've got the original 1954 recipe for you here.

In October, we brought you the story about Jonathyn Barber. He was convicted of second-degree murder for a fatal DUI collision. He served 16 years.

Patience plays a role in life after incarceration

In October, we brought you the story about Jonathyn Barber. He was convicted of second-degree murder for a fatal DUI collision. He served 16 years.

Until last month, Helen Harlan lived in a five-bedroom house in Highland Park with 24 roommates.

Life after 24 roommates

Until last month, Helen Harlan lived in a five-bedroom house in Highland Park with 24 roommates.

Gwendolyn Lang, an 80-year-old widow, lived with two of her adult sons. At the time, the bank foreclosed on her home.

Homeowner faced foreclosure. Did she get to stay?

Gwendolyn Lang, an 80-year-old widow, lived with two of her adult sons. At the time, the bank foreclosed on her home.

In December, we brought you a story about XOTX-Tropico Nursery, an exotic plant store in West Hollywood.

Resistance wasn’t futile: XOTX-Tropico Nursery returns

In December, we brought you a story about XOTX-Tropico Nursery, an exotic plant store in West Hollywood.

On this Presidents’ Day, we broadcast a special panel discussion about the messy green rush following the legalization of recreational marijuana in California.

Take Me To Your Dealer: A KCRW Joint

On this Presidents’ Day, we broadcast a special panel discussion about the messy green rush following the legalization of recreational marijuana in California.

LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced that she’s moving to dismiss 66,000 marijuana convictions dating back to 1961.

LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey to expunge 66,000 weed convictions

LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced that she’s moving to dismiss 66,000 marijuana convictions dating back to 1961.

Monarch butterflies are among the best known types of butterflies in North America. But the population has suffered recently, especially in California.

Troubled lives of monarch butterflies … just got worse

Monarch butterflies are among the best known types of butterflies in North America. But the population has suffered recently, especially in California.