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Lisa Napoli

Lisa Napoli

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When Lisa Napoli isn't covering the vast arts and cultural scene in southern California for KCRW, she's working on a new book. Her latest is Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away. Napoli's first book, Radio Shangri-La, is about helping to start a radio station at the dawn of democratic rule in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Napoli is a former technology reporter for the New York Times, Marketplace and MSNBC. A native of Brooklyn, she now lives in the shadow of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Among her various volunteer activities, Lisa leads a monthly, award-winning volunteer cooking group at the Downtown Women's Center on Skid Row.

Lisa Napoli on KCRW

You may know that the Egg McMuffin was invented in Santa Barbara, but did you know McDonald’s tycoon Ray Kroc owned a ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley?

The Santa Ynez ranch McDonald’s built

You may know that the Egg McMuffin was invented in Santa Barbara, but did you know McDonald’s tycoon Ray Kroc owned a ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley?

from The 805

Fast food is such a part of our lives we forget that someone invented it -- and all the architecture, packaging and paraphernalia that go along with it.

Designing the golden arches

Fast food is such a part of our lives we forget that someone invented it -- and all the architecture, packaging and paraphernalia that go along with it.

from Design and Architecture

"Locked loaded and ready to roll." That's how one scientist recently described the San Andreas fault, meaning it is ready to spring a big quake on southern California at any moment.

Earthquake Preparedness

"Locked loaded and ready to roll." That's how one scientist recently described the San Andreas fault, meaning it is ready to spring a big quake on southern California at any moment.

from Design and Architecture

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One year ago, torrential rain pelted the hillside community of Montecito, which was scorched a month earlier by the Thomas Fire.

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Birds are chirping, creeks are flowing and wildflower buds are beginning to pop up and down the Central Coast.

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Southern California’s largest utility company is suing Santa Barbara County for failing to prepare for last winter’s deadly debris flows.

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Monique Quigley’s Christmas this year won’t be like any she’s ever had.

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Local federal workers are picking up free food as the government shutdown continues.

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Snarky Puppy is hard to pin down when it comes down to musical style.

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A year ago, the Thomas Fire swallowed large swaths of Ventura County and lept into Santa Barbara’s front country, setting the stage for the late-night debris flow that took 23 lives.

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The trees at the Ellwood Mesa preserve have been dying off, and the California Monarchs are following suit.

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A proposal to build tiny homes for the homeless in downtown Santa Barbara comes to a bitter end.

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