Greater LA

Greater LA

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

Dire staffing shortages have led to frequent lockdowns and violence inside LA’s juvenile halls. Officers, advocates, and inmates are desperate for relief.

Violence and lockdowns are rampant inside LA’s juvenile halls

Dire staffing shortages have led to frequent lockdowns and violence inside LA’s juvenile halls. Officers, advocates, and inmates are desperate for relief.

The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) was founded in Torrance in 1964. Its success earned the South Bay community the nickname “Soccer City.”

Soccer City: South Bay was birthplace of modern US futbol

The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) was founded in Torrance in 1964. Its success earned the South Bay community the nickname “Soccer City.”

Nikki Chase hosts the podcast “Adult Chicken.” It’s about escaping an abusive relationship and raising special needs kids as a single mom.

Single mom shares experience parenting special needs kids on podcast ‘Adult Chicken’

Nikki Chase hosts the podcast “Adult Chicken.” It’s about escaping an abusive relationship and raising special needs kids as a single mom.

Students across the University of California system took final exams after weeks without instruction and feedback. How has the strike impacted them?

No deal, No grades. Strike at UC rocks finals week

Students across the University of California system took final exams after weeks without instruction and feedback. How has the strike impacted them?

Coach Gabriel Giangualano and junior Max Abrahamson lead the St. John Bosco High School esports team.

High schoolers are leveling up at St. John Bosco on esport teams

Coach Gabriel Giangualano and junior Max Abrahamson lead the St. John Bosco High School esports team.

Ralph Lawler was the LA Clippers’ announcer for 40 years. Now he’s calling shots from the sidelines in a new memoir.

Longtime Clippers announcer blames Donald Sterling for team’s poor performance

Ralph Lawler was the LA Clippers’ announcer for 40 years. Now he’s calling shots from the sidelines in a new memoir.

LAHSA’s “reimagined” winter shelter program provides both beds and motel vouchers to unhoused Angelenos looking to stay warm.

LA’s reworked winter shelter program leaves many unhoused residents in the cold

LAHSA’s “reimagined” winter shelter program provides both beds and motel vouchers to unhoused Angelenos looking to stay warm.

Photographer Lev Rukhin moved to LA in 2010 and started shooting its street scenes from an old Volvo station wagon as a way to engage and spend time with his daughter.

Drive-by portraits capture a moving Los Angeles

Photographer Lev Rukhin moved to LA in 2010 and started shooting its street scenes from an old Volvo station wagon as a way to engage and spend time with his daughter.

A new park celebrates Mendez, et al. v. Westminster School District, et. al, a landmark court case in the mid-1940s that challenged school segregation.

New OC park honors legal case challenging school segregation

A new park celebrates Mendez, et al. v. Westminster School District, et. al, a landmark court case in the mid-1940s that challenged school segregation.

A Los Angeles journalist with brain trauma turned to specialists who recommended ketamine treatment. It’s known as the party drug “special K,” but it gives her relief.

Ketamine chronicles: Party drug gives this Angeleno relief from brain trauma

A Los Angeles journalist with brain trauma turned to specialists who recommended ketamine treatment. It’s known as the party drug “special K,” but it gives her relief.

A pajarete is a party and Mexican drink made of chocolate, coffee, high-proof alcohol, and raw milk from goats and cows.

Pajarete: Mexican spiked milk gets you energized — and high — before work

A pajarete is a party and Mexican drink made of chocolate, coffee, high-proof alcohol, and raw milk from goats and cows.

Two art shows in LA might look like your kitchen after Thanksgiving. One features decaying ceramic fruits and vegetables, the other has topsy-turvy flower arrangements.

‘The Fruit Vendor,’ ‘Arrangements’: LA art shows dig into power of perception

Two art shows in LA might look like your kitchen after Thanksgiving. One features decaying ceramic fruits and vegetables, the other has topsy-turvy flower arrangements.

Lindsey Horvath is the youngest woman ever elected to LA County’s Board of Supervisors, replacing Sheila Kuehl. She’ll be the only renter and millennial among her colleagues there.

Lindsey Horvath campaigned on public safety, homelessness. How will she govern?

Lindsey Horvath is the youngest woman ever elected to LA County’s Board of Supervisors, replacing Sheila Kuehl. She’ll be the only renter and millennial among her colleagues there.

The perfume industry is moving away from its commercial French roots to something a little more LA: more diverse, accessible, and artistic.

LA mixes diversity and youth into international perfume industry

The perfume industry is moving away from its commercial French roots to something a little more LA: more diverse, accessible, and artistic.

Rex Richardson will be Long Beach’s first Black mayor. He wants to make the city a model for addressing housing, homelessness, and public safety.

Rex Richardson: Long Beach must renew its commitment to residents

Rex Richardson will be Long Beach’s first Black mayor. He wants to make the city a model for addressing housing, homelessness, and public safety.

Decades ago, a legendary local soccer team called Hollywood United brought together expats from Europe, including rock musicians, movie actors, and even Milli Vanilli.

Local Brit ex-pats reflect on old soccer team of average joes, celebrities

Decades ago, a legendary local soccer team called Hollywood United brought together expats from Europe, including rock musicians, movie actors, and even Milli Vanilli.

The City of Laguna Beach is poised to take control of several Orange County beaches. What will this mean for beachgoers?

How might OC beaches change as control transfers from county to city?

The City of Laguna Beach is poised to take control of several Orange County beaches. What will this mean for beachgoers?

California needs to save more water and create more renewable energy. A new solar panel project on exposed water canals will bring a lot of both.

This climate solution saves water and creates solar energy

California needs to save more water and create more renewable energy. A new solar panel project on exposed water canals will bring a lot of both.

Desalination of ocean water, long-considered too energy-inefficient and environmentally destructive, is increasingly finding its way into California’s water future.

Drought-stricken CA increasingly turning to desalination of ocean water

Desalination of ocean water, long-considered too energy-inefficient and environmentally destructive, is increasingly finding its way into California’s water future.

Tony Tetro has forged pieces by Dalí, Caravaggio, and Picasso — and sold them to dealers who didn’t care about authenticity.

Even Prince Charles was fooled by art forger Tony Tetro. How?

Tony Tetro has forged pieces by Dalí, Caravaggio, and Picasso — and sold them to dealers who didn’t care about authenticity.