Greater LA

Greater LA

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

Joel Wachs, who sat on the LA City Council from 1971 to 2001, explains the dramatic shift in LA politics during the 1970s, and why he chose to stay closeted for most of his life.

Joel Wachs on his early political career portrayed in ‘Licorice Pizza’

Joel Wachs, who sat on the LA City Council from 1971 to 2001, explains the dramatic shift in LA politics during the 1970s, and why he chose to stay closeted for most of his life.

Paul Thomas Anderson looks back on growing up in LA and realizing he didn’t need to go to film school to make movies, and explains why winning awards is the last thing on his mind when…

Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson on ‘Licorice Pizza,’ growing up in LA at a time of innocence and mystery

Paul Thomas Anderson looks back on growing up in LA and realizing he didn’t need to go to film school to make movies, and explains why winning awards is the last thing on his mind when…

The LA Auto Show is back in action after being canceled last year due to COVID, and the spotlight has shifted from internal combustion engines (ICE) to electric vehicles (EVs).

520 miles on a charge, ‘loft on wheels,’ supercomputers: LA Auto Show debuts new EVs

The LA Auto Show is back in action after being canceled last year due to COVID, and the spotlight has shifted from internal combustion engines (ICE) to electric vehicles (EVs).

It’s been two months since Carson residents started smelling rotten eggs and getting headaches. LA County declared a state of emergency and paid for thousands of hotel rooms.

It’s time for Carson residents to come home, officials say. But the city still smells, residents argue

It’s been two months since Carson residents started smelling rotten eggs and getting headaches. LA County declared a state of emergency and paid for thousands of hotel rooms.

A couple of solo exhibitions in LA feature artists who mix landscapes with history, mythology, and more to create abstract paintings. One is at Smart Objects in Echo Park.

Artists mix history and fantasy at new exhibits in Echo Park and Pasadena

A couple of solo exhibitions in LA feature artists who mix landscapes with history, mythology, and more to create abstract paintings. One is at Smart Objects in Echo Park.

Who have you missed most during the pandemic — a dear friend you've only seen on Zoom, your uncle with too many political opinions, your grandchildren who are outgrowing their clothes…

Share with KCRW: What are your holiday reunion plans?

Who have you missed most during the pandemic — a dear friend you've only seen on Zoom, your uncle with too many political opinions, your grandchildren who are outgrowing their clothes…

Democrats swept all seven Congressional seats in Orange County in 2018. The county was a GOP stronghold for decades.

What does California’s latest redistricting effort mean for OC Republicans?

Democrats swept all seven Congressional seats in Orange County in 2018. The county was a GOP stronghold for decades.

For the first time in the 68-year history of the California School for the Deaf in Riverside, their football team is one game away from capturing the division championship.

Hard-of-hearing and hard to beat: Riverside football team is close to becoming division champs

For the first time in the 68-year history of the California School for the Deaf in Riverside, their football team is one game away from capturing the division championship.

The 2020 U.S. Census wrapped up more than a year ago and those numbers, such as population and demographics, are factoring into political districts.

Redistricting happens once every decade. What does it mean for California?

The 2020 U.S. Census wrapped up more than a year ago and those numbers, such as population and demographics, are factoring into political districts.

The Southland is known as the world’s entertainment capital, but it’s also recognized for its great food.

‘The Hood Foodie’ gained new outlook on life by reviewing mom-and-pop restaurants

The Southland is known as the world’s entertainment capital, but it’s also recognized for its great food.

At the start of the pandemic, performance artist Kristina Wong was feeling inessential. The world was on lockdown and her services weren’t in much demand.

Straight outta Koreatown to NYC stage: Kristina Wong shares story of her ‘Auntie Sewing Squad’

At the start of the pandemic, performance artist Kristina Wong was feeling inessential. The world was on lockdown and her services weren’t in much demand.

A battle has raged for decades on the western edge of Los Angeles County at the Santa Susana Field Lab.

‘In the Dark of the Valley’: Why is there still no clean-up of 1959 nuclear meltdown at Santa Susana?

A battle has raged for decades on the western edge of Los Angeles County at the Santa Susana Field Lab.

In the late 1970s, Warren Olney was an investigative reporter at KNBC-4. His team broke the story about Santa Susana and the meltdown that happened there that few knew about.

Shocking story that took everyone by surprise: Warren Olney on uncovering Santa Susana meltdown

In the late 1970s, Warren Olney was an investigative reporter at KNBC-4. His team broke the story about Santa Susana and the meltdown that happened there that few knew about.

On the first Saturday each month in Ladera Heights, a group of volunteers picks up trash on the side of the road, in public places where everybody can see.

‘It looks like a battle zone’: Volunteers clean up trash-clogged stretch of Ladera Heights

On the first Saturday each month in Ladera Heights, a group of volunteers picks up trash on the side of the road, in public places where everybody can see.

“It may be that we start to look at boosters once every five or 10 years. Of course, I could be wrong, and we could need them every year.

COVID boosters could provide lasting immunity and spare LA from winter surge, says USC immunologist

“It may be that we start to look at boosters once every five or 10 years. Of course, I could be wrong, and we could need them every year.

Here’s how you know a desert tortoise when you see one: It’s the thing that looks like it couldn’t possibly survive in the desert.

For desert tortoises, road to extinction is paved with solar panels, cannabis, hungry ravens

Here’s how you know a desert tortoise when you see one: It’s the thing that looks like it couldn’t possibly survive in the desert.

Why does affordable housing take so long and cost so much to build?

$1.2 billion and 5 years later, why has Prop HHH built only a fraction of its promised homeless housing units?

Why does affordable housing take so long and cost so much to build?

New redistricting lines are being drawn statewide, including in Los Angeles and Orange County.

OC Board of Supervisors draw their own district maps. Is that a problem?

New redistricting lines are being drawn statewide, including in Los Angeles and Orange County.

LA’s freeway system consists of 527 miles of roads. These twelve long ribbons of asphalt and concrete connect us to the people and places of this great region.

‘Freewaytopia’: Traversing LA’s love-hate relationship with its 527 miles of freeways

LA’s freeway system consists of 527 miles of roads. These twelve long ribbons of asphalt and concrete connect us to the people and places of this great region.

Theater students at CSU Channel Islands in Camarillo uncovered stories about the history of their campus, and transformed them into a collection of short plays.

‘Camarillo Tales’ unveils history of CSU Channel Island campus

Theater students at CSU Channel Islands in Camarillo uncovered stories about the history of their campus, and transformed them into a collection of short plays.