FROM Daniel A. Gross
‘Weeding’ Triggers ‘Librarygate’ at Berkeley Public Library For gardeners, weeding can be a sometimes-unpleasant, but necessary task, and it’s the same for librarians. When they take books out of circulation, it’s referred to as ‘ weeding ’. They’ll remove books from the shelves that people have lost interest in and replace them with newer books. But last summer, Berkeley residents decided that the ‘weeding’ had gone too far at their beloved Berkeley Public Library, prompting them to protest against head librarian Jeff Scott, who was forced to resign. The incident became known as ‘Librarygate’.
How Orange County Got Its Name… and Lost Its Oranges One hundred years ago, orange groves were described as "a second gold rush" in California, and they helped add to local prosperity and population growth. But looking at Orange County today, you'd hardly know how it got its name. Independent producer Daniel A. Gross has a report. Nick Spain stands beside the Old Sexlinger Orchard, the last intact citrus plot in Orange County. Photo: Daniel A. Gross Daniel's report comes to us from KCRW's Independent Producer Project . For more pictures of Southern California orchards then and now, go to the Which Way, LA blog .
North Korea tests more missiles, Turkey's president gains more power Early Tuesday morning, North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. It blew up shortly after take-off. But North Korea keeps working on a nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. Also in Turkey, a close vote has given sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey is an important Western ally in the region, but its leader is becoming increasingly authoritarian.
Public opinion on international conflict takes a turn New polling shows that more Americans support intervening in Syria, which is a change from the Obama years. We look closer at the numbers, and how Americans have historically reacted to similar conflicts abroad.
Cambodians and fried chicken, baby pureés, vegan baking tips Frank Shyong explains how Cambodians got into LA’s fried chicken game. Clara Polito shares vegan baking tips from her new book, and Leena Saini says boost the flavor of your baby’s food with spices. Martha Rose Shulman talks up a nifty kitchen gadget that will take your produce for a spin, and Jonathan Gold does lamb barbacoa at Maestro in Pasadena. Plus, a closer look at how bees make honey and wasps pollinate figs.
How California gave birth to Trumpism California served as an incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.