FROM Stefan Biedermann
Hello to Berlin Los Angeles is officially a sister city with Berlin. Unofficially, it's a city that shares tight bonds with LA; for starters both are highly attractive to designers, artists and musicians. DnA is going to Berlin with KCRW's Madeleine Brand and Jason Bentley. Before heading there we heard about Berlin from LA's vantage point. Decades founder Cameron Silver revisits his album of torch songs celebrating Weimar era Berlin; Justin Jampol toured us around the 1949 Culver City bunker that will be the new home of the Wende Museum, an archive of Cold War era artifacts. And, Germany's Deputy Consul General Stefan Biedermann shares just what makes LA and Berlin natural “sisters.” Also featuring: Pae White, Jennifer Marmon.
Scathing audit finds UC President's office hid $175 million A state audit says the Office of the President at the University of California has kept secret more than $175 million. The report says salaries are a lot a higher in that office than in comparable offices. The audit comes just months after the UC system won approval for its first tuition hike in six years.
The great tasting menu debate, cast-iron skillets, grapeless wine Esquire’s Jeff Gordinier weighs in on the pros and cons of tasting menus. Alec Lee of Ava Winery explains the science behind producing wine without a single grape. Food and travel writer Shane Mitchell shares stories from her new book, “Far Afield.” Plus: Jonathan Gold recommends Filipino dishes to try at Irenia, and Charlotte Druckman serves up a cast iron skillet pistachio-cherry danish recipe.
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.
What does the Paris terrorist attack mean for Europe? There was another terrorist attack in Paris Thursday. A police officer was killed, two other officers were wounded, and the shooter was killed. Officials are calling the attack terrorism. There have been more than a half dozen terrorist attacks in France over the past two years.