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Greater LA

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

LA Times columnist Patt Morrison is back with an updated version of her 2011 bestseller: “Río L.A.: Tales from the Los Angeles River.”

‘Rio LA’ author wants LA River brought back to life

LA Times columnist Patt Morrison is back with an updated version of her 2011 bestseller: “Río L.A.: Tales from the Los Angeles River.”

Mark Oliver Everett, singer of the LA band Eels, talks about the lack of a warm relationship with his quantum physicist dad, and eating strawberries and popcorn for dinner.

Eels singer on forgiving parents, using music as an emotional outlet

Mark Oliver Everett, singer of the LA band Eels, talks about the lack of a warm relationship with his quantum physicist dad, and eating strawberries and popcorn for dinner.

As LA makes safety improvements during rapid neighborhood development south of the 10 freeway, locals ask which changes really benefit them.

Are crosswalks in West Adams another sign of gentrification?

As LA makes safety improvements during rapid neighborhood development south of the 10 freeway, locals ask which changes really benefit them.

LAUSD is seeing a drop in COVID numbers and rise in attendance. KCRW checks in with third grade teacher Kristie Collette and high school teacher Aviva Alvarez-Zakson.

‘We've all been exposed’: LAUSD to stop COVID contact tracing

LAUSD is seeing a drop in COVID numbers and rise in attendance. KCRW checks in with third grade teacher Kristie Collette and high school teacher Aviva Alvarez-Zakson.

The City of Los Angeles is seven years into an ambitious plan to end traffic-related deaths by 2025. So why are fatalities going up?

LA pedestrian deaths climb despite ‘Vision Zero’

The City of Los Angeles is seven years into an ambitious plan to end traffic-related deaths by 2025. So why are fatalities going up?

Former LA Rams running back Eric Dickerson talks about the team’s prospects, his untraditional family, and why retired players deserve better health care and pensions.

Former Rams player Eric Dickerson bashes NFL, praises his 3 moms

Former LA Rams running back Eric Dickerson talks about the team’s prospects, his untraditional family, and why retired players deserve better health care and pensions.

A proposed bill would change when OC residents vote for the Board of Education, from the primary to the general election.

Choosing OC Board of Education: Timing matters

A proposed bill would change when OC residents vote for the Board of Education, from the primary to the general election.

LA Fire Department Deputy Chief Kristin Crowley has been tapped to become the next fire chief, which would make her the first woman to ever lead the LAFD.

LA nominates its first female fire chief amid cries of misogyny

LA Fire Department Deputy Chief Kristin Crowley has been tapped to become the next fire chief, which would make her the first woman to ever lead the LAFD.

Long-term care facilities have made COVID testing requirements stricter just as tests have become harder to find. Now visitors can hardly get inside.

Walkie-talkies, hard-to-find COVID tests: Challenge of visiting nursing homes

Long-term care facilities have made COVID testing requirements stricter just as tests have become harder to find. Now visitors can hardly get inside.

With Omicron, many offices resemble ghost towns again, and questions emerge about the future of in-person work. It’s especially true in Culver City.

Return to office or stay on screens? Omicron makes work uncertain

With Omicron, many offices resemble ghost towns again, and questions emerge about the future of in-person work. It’s especially true in Culver City.

“Salt in My Soul” is a documentary and book about former KCRW intern Mallory Smith, who died of cystic fibrosis at age 25.

After losing daughter to cystic fibrosis, a mom is sharing ‘Salt in My Soul’ to help others

“Salt in My Soul” is a documentary and book about former KCRW intern Mallory Smith, who died of cystic fibrosis at age 25.

Marty Roberts — of the beloved jazz lounge duo Marty and Elayne — passed away this week. His wife Elayne says, “The two of us were like a unit. We didn't really need anything else.”

‘The 2 of us were enough’: Elayne Roberts on her late husband and jazz partner Marty

Marty Roberts — of the beloved jazz lounge duo Marty and Elayne — passed away this week. His wife Elayne says, “The two of us were like a unit. We didn't really need anything else.”

Assemblymember Ash Kalra defends AB 1400, his bill that would establish California universal health care by taxing businesses and citizens.

CA universal health care: Would you pay more taxes for it?

Assemblymember Ash Kalra defends AB 1400, his bill that would establish California universal health care by taxing businesses and citizens.

Two very different exhibits recently opened in LA: Rodrigo Valenzuela’s “New Work for a Post-Worker’s World” at Luis de Jesus, and Katherina Olschbaur’s “Live Flesh” at Nicodim.

2 chromatically different kinds of art: Rodrigo Valenzuela, Katherina Olschbaur

Two very different exhibits recently opened in LA: Rodrigo Valenzuela’s “New Work for a Post-Worker’s World” at Luis de Jesus, and Katherina Olschbaur’s “Live Flesh” at Nicodim.

Cutting or eliminating greenhouse gas emissions is the aim of two new developments in Valencia and Tejon Ranch.

EVs, solar panels, geothermal pool: Life in net-zero community

Cutting or eliminating greenhouse gas emissions is the aim of two new developments in Valencia and Tejon Ranch.

The primary election for Orange County’s next district attorney is in June. Candidates Todd Spitzer and Pete Hardin are already duking it out in the public square.

Throwing mud and dust: Inside Spitzer v. Hardin race for OC DA

The primary election for Orange County’s next district attorney is in June. Candidates Todd Spitzer and Pete Hardin are already duking it out in the public square.

LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva circumvented LA County District Attorney George Gascón in a high-profile case last week.

LA sheriff bypasses DA George Gascón in high-profile case

LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva circumvented LA County District Attorney George Gascón in a high-profile case last week.

The nationwide shortage of blood is the worst in over a decade, according to the Red Cross. This week, a SoCal trauma center closed for a few hours because of it.

Why blood supplies are down, what it means for patients at trauma centers

The nationwide shortage of blood is the worst in over a decade, according to the Red Cross. This week, a SoCal trauma center closed for a few hours because of it.

The LA Rams have a chance to play in Super Bowl LVI on their home turf. But they first have to beat Arizona on Monday.

Super Bowl: Will LA Rams play at SoFi Stadium in February?

The LA Rams have a chance to play in Super Bowl LVI on their home turf. But they first have to beat Arizona on Monday.

The Los Angeles City Council expanded restrictions on street camping this week, while advocates for the unhoused called for a pause on such bans during the current COVID-19 surge.

LA City Council expands street camping restrictions, despite concerns about Omicron

The Los Angeles City Council expanded restrictions on street camping this week, while advocates for the unhoused called for a pause on such bans during the current COVID-19 surge.