Independent ProducerKerstin Zilm is an Independent Producer from Germany. She started working as a reporter in Berlin, East and West Germany shortly after the wall came down. In 2003 she came to Los Angeles as head of the West coast radio studio for Germany’s public broadcasting network ARD. In 2008 Kerstin established her own studio in Los Angeles. In California with its great weather, abundance of interesting characters and fascinating landscapes she found a wonderful place to live and work.
FROM Kerstin Zilm
Pioneering Drought Tolerance at a California Cemetery As you decide where to lay a loved one to rest, do you picture their new surroundings -- the trees, plants, grass. And do you expect that scene to stay the same, forever? Odds are it won't. Last month Governor Jerry Brown issued California's first mandatory water restrictions, and the new rules apply to cemeteries, which have a long tradition of lush, well-watered lawns. In drought-stricken Southern California, this transition is coming with challenges as we hear from Kerstin Zilm. This piece was made in collaboration with KCRW's Independent Producer Project .
States allowed to strip federal funds from abortion clinics President Trump signed the law allowing states to block federal funding to family planning clinics that offer abortions. Critics say this could potentially devastate the health care network that low-income women rely on for birth control and other reproductive care.
What the shooting at North Park Elementary means for San Bernardino In San Bernardino yesterday, two people were killed after a man opened fire in a classroom for special-needs kids. What does this say about a city that saw a 41 percent increase in murders between 2015 and 2016? Also, how do kids who witness school shootings cope emotionally?
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.