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Greater LA

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

Many people are feeling COVID fatigue. They’re fed up with having to stay inside and perhaps giving up their holidays with friends and family.

Local ER doctor on why hospital workers are upset about the public’s behavior during COVID

Many people are feeling COVID fatigue. They’re fed up with having to stay inside and perhaps giving up their holidays with friends and family.

With Thanksgiving feeling a lot different this year, KCRW asked three Angelenos how they plan to safely celebrate the holiday.

From potluck door drops to hospital shifts, how Angelenos are navigating Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving feeling a lot different this year, KCRW asked three Angelenos how they plan to safely celebrate the holiday.

In the kitchen of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission — which provides meals, showers and beds to the city’s unhoused residents — a dozen men are deboning trays of turkeys.

How homeless shelters will pull off Thanksgiving feasts without volunteers

In the kitchen of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission — which provides meals, showers and beds to the city’s unhoused residents — a dozen men are deboning trays of turkeys.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, rats seem to be more prominent in every major city.

Ratpocalypse: COVID pandemic is causing a rat infestation

Since the beginning of the pandemic, rats seem to be more prominent in every major city.

This past weekend, four people were fatally shot in Los Angeles, including a 17-year-old boy killed while riding his bike.

LA reaches 300 homicides for the first time since 2009. What’s driving the numbers?

This past weekend, four people were fatally shot in Los Angeles, including a 17-year-old boy killed while riding his bike.

Orange County set a record on Monday with the most reported coronavirus cases it’s ever seen in a single day.

‘Viruses don't pay attention to economies or people's wishes.’ Gustavo Arellano on OC’s COVID surge

Orange County set a record on Monday with the most reported coronavirus cases it’s ever seen in a single day.

"Under the Constitution, the government has the power that’s necessary to stop the spread of communicable disease,” says Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley’s law school.

Protecting the public v. infringing on individual rights during a pandemic

"Under the Constitution, the government has the power that’s necessary to stop the spread of communicable disease,” says Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley’s law school.

Starting Wednesday night, LA County will require restaurants to stop outdoor dining, which local health officials have linked to an uptick in new coronavirus cases.

Why COVID fatigue makes it tough to see the virus as a common threat

Starting Wednesday night, LA County will require restaurants to stop outdoor dining, which local health officials have linked to an uptick in new coronavirus cases.

Before COVID-19, street vendor Heleo Leyva ran Quesadillas Tepexco, an East Hollywood food stand. But as the virus began to spread, he was forced to shut down.

Community Cookouts: How street vendors are fighting hunger in East Hollywood

Before COVID-19, street vendor Heleo Leyva ran Quesadillas Tepexco, an East Hollywood food stand. But as the virus began to spread, he was forced to shut down.

LA and its Chief Design Officer, Christopher Hawthorne, issued a callout for low-rise housing designs aimed at middle-class and working families.

LA issues challenge to design more affordable, small-scale, middle-class housing

LA and its Chief Design Officer, Christopher Hawthorne, issued a callout for low-rise housing designs aimed at middle-class and working families.

Trouble’s been brewing at the LAPD ever since the protests over the summer, when officers were accused of using excessive force against peaceful protesters.

Discontent brews among rank-and-file officers as LAPD rejects meeting with City Hall over budget

Trouble’s been brewing at the LAPD ever since the protests over the summer, when officers were accused of using excessive force against peaceful protesters.

Filmmaker Jack Henry Robbins visited small businesses in LA that are still open during the pandemic, but may not be able to stay afloat much longer.

Instagram’s ‘The Spot We Love’ highlights stories of LA’s small business owners during COVID

Filmmaker Jack Henry Robbins visited small businesses in LA that are still open during the pandemic, but may not be able to stay afloat much longer.

LA County Superior Court has struggled to maintain due process, while trying to keep all the players in the courts safe and healthy during COVID-19.

Jury trials are restarting in LA. How everyone is staying safe and handling a backlog of cases

LA County Superior Court has struggled to maintain due process, while trying to keep all the players in the courts safe and healthy during COVID-19.

New developments coming to the Coachella Valley are hoping to turn the desert into the region’s newest surf spot.

With wave pools on the way, the desert around Palm Springs could be SoCal’s next surf spot

New developments coming to the Coachella Valley are hoping to turn the desert into the region’s newest surf spot.

Elon Musk’s Hawthorne-based company, SpaceX, recently delivered four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

SpaceX sends 4 astronauts to the ISS. What’s the future of space tourism?

Elon Musk’s Hawthorne-based company, SpaceX, recently delivered four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

Americans of Indian descent in LA, as well as Indians worldwide, observed Diwali this past weekend.

Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, has extra meaning in 2020

Americans of Indian descent in LA, as well as Indians worldwide, observed Diwali this past weekend.

In January, Emmanuel Limaco was living with his father, stepmother and his brother in a single-family home in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Sunland-Tujunga.

An impending eviction crisis threatens struggling tenants. Is rent cancellation the answer?

In January, Emmanuel Limaco was living with his father, stepmother and his brother in a single-family home in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Sunland-Tujunga.

Expanding highways and removing homes is one of the great creation myths of Los Angeles. The theory: Where the highways grew, progress would follow.

A highway project potentially threatening hundreds of homes follows a different script in 2020 LA

Expanding highways and removing homes is one of the great creation myths of Los Angeles. The theory: Where the highways grew, progress would follow.

The “happiest place on earth” will be closed through the “most wonderful time of the year.”

You still can’t go to the happiest place on earth during the happiest time of year — the holidays

The “happiest place on earth” will be closed through the “most wonderful time of the year.”

President-elect Joe Biden has put out a multi-part plan for housing and homelessness policies.

What could a Biden administration mean for homelessness in LA?

President-elect Joe Biden has put out a multi-part plan for housing and homelessness policies.