Host Steve Chiotakis connects you to the people and places of Southern California.
‘Forever Marilyn’ statue is returning to Palm Springs, but not all residents are happy
Seward Johnson’s, 26-foot tall, 2011 sculpture “Forever Marilyn” depicts the truly iconic Marilyn Monroe mid-subway breeze from that famous scene in “The Seven Year Itch” — face smiling with rapture and white skirt billowing upwards. The...
The effort to unlock Venice Beach’s basketball hoops and keep the games going
The city of LA has locked basketball hoops in Venice Beach, even as more outdoor and indoor activities get the green light to restart. Some locals are trying to get the locks removed with the #FreeTheHoops social media campaign. Meanwhile, they’re...
Higher grades, better behavior: Why kids’ outdoor classes are catching on
Now that kids are back on campus, teachers are bringing lessons outside to keep them safe. The health benefits for students extend far beyond COVID safety. Many local schools want to make a permanent change, but that’s a tall order for schools...
The history of Wilshire Blvd and its ‘millionaire socialist’
Gaylord Wilshire was a land speculator, billboard tycoon, failed politician and inventor. He built Wilshire Boulevard, a street that became LA’s primary escape route from the horse-drawn era. But as the city got bigger, Gaylord Wilshire got smaller.
Why Republicans comprise California’s largest group of vaccine resisters
Republicans are the most vaccine-hesitant group in the state, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. Nevertheless, the majority of Republicans are willing to get vaccinated, and rates of skepticism are on the decline.
LA opens its first government-run homeless encampment
In East Hollywood, a parking lot has been turned into LA’s first government-run homeless encampment. It offers 24-hour security and free meals for the 100 or so people who are expected to move there temporarily. But some advocates worry that...
Anyone else think the theme song sounds like “Simon Zealotes” from Jesus Christ Superstar?
Steve has a refreshing perspective on life in Los Angeles. I always enjoy his interviews and the work done by his co-reporters. Love the OC reports, something I would never search out but always informative. We must understand our neighbors to understand ourselves. Thank you KCRW!
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So good!! Steve Chio is a powerful mix of deep heart and sharp wit w/the most fascinating LA stories and broader explorations of current events <3 KCRW