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Mental health advocates celebrated the launch of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, but some people voiced concerns that using the service could lead to police involvement or forced hospitalization.

Vin Scully, the "Voice of the Dodgers," died this week at the age of 94. Scott Simon reflects on the announcer's skill calling games for MLB's Los Angeles team.

The wide-ranging legislation targets climate change, health care costs and taxes. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer kicked off floor debate on Saturday evening.

Donald Trump returns to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas on Saturday. Some attendees worry the controversy following him could be a liability in the next presidential campaign.

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must pay millions in damages for spreading lies about the Sandy Hook school massacre. But even if the penalties shut down Infowars, his influence will remain.

Yellowstone visitation is down 40% after historic floods washed out roads. One neighboring town is struggling to survive, so park officials have opened a temporary road to try to help.

Musician and artist Tunde Olaniran is a rising star from Flint, Michigan whose exuberant work comments on serious issues such as environmental injustice and the carceral state.

NPR's Scott Simon wonders whether the robots are turning on us.

The New York City-based artist Marcus Jade talks about his remarkable Tiny Desk Concert entry, the blues song "Legs and Bones."

A heavy duty commercial electric mower with long-lasting batteries can cost nearly $30,000, more than three times what a comparable gas-powered machine sells for.

NPR's Scott Simon takes a look at the world's temperature maps, and asks what summer will mean to future generations.

Entries to the Tiny Desk Contest tend to be incredibly creative and fun — maybe none more so this year than an entry from the singer-songwriter Lillian Frances.

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Massive rain storms across the nation are causing devastating floods and community damage, including in California’s deserts, the American South, and South Korea.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

People are illegally mining the Amazon rainforest for gold and tin ore. Some of those elements are going to Google and Apple. The mines are threatening Indigenous communities.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

LAUSD begins its new term on August 15.

from Greater LA

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Microforests can be as small as 10 by 10 feet, but they go a long way in enhancing biodiversity, reducing carbon in the atmosphere, and infusing soil with nutrients.

How microforests can make the air cleaner and LA greener

Microforests can be as small as 10 by 10 feet, but they go a long way in enhancing biodiversity, reducing carbon in the atmosphere, and infusing soil with nutrients.

from Greater LA

A new form of physical therapy for long COVID patients involves singing lullabies, pop songs, and spirituals, while using opera techniques to rebuild their breath capacity and vocal…

Opera to treat long COVID: Mindfulness, breath exercises help heal trauma

A new form of physical therapy for long COVID patients involves singing lullabies, pop songs, and spirituals, while using opera techniques to rebuild their breath capacity and vocal…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The new LAUSD term begins on August 15 — with eased COVID rules. Wearing masks is now optional, and weekly universal testing will no longer happen.

LAUSD enters year 3 of COVID. Masks are optional, mental health struggles remain

The new LAUSD term begins on August 15 — with eased COVID rules. Wearing masks is now optional, and weekly universal testing will no longer happen.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The new legislation offers some major successes, but with regard to drug pricing it is not close to what it could have been.

Limitations of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

The new legislation offers some major successes, but with regard to drug pricing it is not close to what it could have been.

from Second Opinion

Disney+ raises subscribers to 152 million, beating expectations, but they will charge $3 more per month for ad-free content.

Disney+ gains subscribers, consumers will pay for ad-free content

Disney+ raises subscribers to 152 million, beating expectations, but they will charge $3 more per month for ad-free content.

from Hollywood Breakdown

Panelists discuss the FBI search of Trump’s home, how Democrats secured Sen. Manchin’s vote for the Inflation Reduction Act, and whether that legislation will relieve economic pains.

Did Trump win 2024 GOP nomination after probes from FBI, NY AG?

Panelists discuss the FBI search of Trump’s home, how Democrats secured Sen. Manchin’s vote for the Inflation Reduction Act, and whether that legislation will relieve economic pains.

from Left, Right & Center

Guelaguetza means offering or gift in Zapotec, an indigenous language of Mexico. It’s also the name of the biggest celebration for Oaxacans in LA, which is set for August 14.

Guelaguetza: Gift of Oaxacan culture gets a grand party in LA

Guelaguetza means offering or gift in Zapotec, an indigenous language of Mexico. It’s also the name of the biggest celebration for Oaxacans in LA, which is set for August 14.

from Greater LA

NY Attorney General Letitia James is leading a probe into Trump’s business practices.

Untangling the many lawsuits and investigations Trump is facing

NY Attorney General Letitia James is leading a probe into Trump’s business practices.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand