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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

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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.

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"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.

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