KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler http://kanw.com en Of Bison, Birth Control And An Island Off Southern Calif. http://kanw.com/post/bison-birth-control-and-island-southern-calif In an open-aired Jeep, it's a bone-jarring ride into Santa Catalina Island's vast interior. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 07:01:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 31824 at http://kanw.com Of Bison, Birth Control And An Island Off Southern Calif. Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms http://kanw.com/post/farm-laborers-get-foothold-their-own-organic-farms Northern California's Salinas Valley is often dubbed America's salad bowl. Large growers there have long relied on thousands of seasonal workers from rural Mexico to pick <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/04/20/151034145/rewash-that-pre-washed-bag-of-lettuce-dont-bother-probably">lettuce</a>, spinach and celery from sunrise to sunset. Many of these workers seem destined for a life in the fields. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 07:09:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 31256 at http://kanw.com Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms After Years Of Violence, L.A.'s Watts Sees Crime Subside http://kanw.com/post/after-years-violence-las-watts-sees-crime-subside On most weeknights, in the middle of his shift, Los Angeles police officer Keith Mott trades his gun and uniform for a T-shirt and shorts, and heads to a park in the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles. He's there to coach 7- and 8-year-old boys on the Pop Warner Pee Wee football team, the Watts Bears.<p>The kids come from three nearby housing projects: Jordan Downs, Nickerson Gardens and Imperial Courts. The park was carefully chosen. It's a neutral site for local gangs. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 07:41:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 31000 at http://kanw.com After Years Of Violence, L.A.'s Watts Sees Crime Subside Summer 'Heat Tourists' Sweat With Smiles In Death Valley http://kanw.com/post/summer-heat-tourists-sweat-smiles-death-valley It's no secret that Death Valley, Calif., is one of the hottest, most unforgiving places on Earth come summertime. July 10 is the 100th anniversary of the hottest temperature ever recorded on the planet — 134 degrees Fahrenheit — and the heat is drawing tourists from all over the world to Death Valley.<p>Like Terminal 5 at London Heathrow Airport, Death Valley becomes a melting pot of foreign accents. On a recent afternoon, Belgian tourist Yan Klassens admires the view of the Badlands from Zabriskie Point, describing it as "nice, awesome and colorful."<p>But the 122 degree heat?<p>"Oh! Warm. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:52:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 30354 at http://kanw.com Summer 'Heat Tourists' Sweat With Smiles In Death Valley Colorado Springs Learns To Live With Fire http://kanw.com/post/colorado-springs-learns-live-fire Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Colorado is often the site of devastating forest fires, but the city of Colorado Springs has been hit particularly hard as of late. In the span of just one year, more than 800 homes have been destroyed from wildfires in and around the city. This time last year, it was the Waldo Canyon fire, and now it's the Black Forest fire. NPR's Kirk Siegler spent the week in Colorado Springs and sent this report.<p>KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: For the second year in a row, the Colorado Springs area has been beset by large, destructive wildfires. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 11:38:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 29318 at http://kanw.com Rail Project At Los Angeles Port Draws Environmentalists' Ire http://kanw.com/post/rail-project-la-port-draws-environmental-group-ire In California, a high-profile lawsuit is seeking to halt construction of a new $500 million rail yard next to the Port of Los Angeles. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 06:57:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 29020 at http://kanw.com Rail Project At Los Angeles Port Draws Environmentalists' Ire Yahoo To Buy Tumblr In An Attempt To Revitalize Itself http://kanw.com/post/yahoo-buy-tumblr-attempt-revitalize-itself Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with a big blogging buyout.<p>Today, Yahoo announced its purchase of the blogging site Tumblr. The $1.1 billion deal was unanimously approved by Yahoo's board. Analysts say the acquisition is Yahoo's attempt to revitalize itself.<p>NPR's Kirk Siegler has more.<p>KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: Tumblr is a New York-based social media and blogging site that has been growing rapidly, thanks in part to the exploding use of smartphones and tablets. Mon, 20 May 2013 08:56:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 28101 at http://kanw.com Calif. Law To Require Ships To Cut Pollution http://kanw.com/post/calif-law-require-ships-cut-pollution Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Two ports, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, handle almost half of all of the consumer goods being shipped into the United States. Together, these two ports are also the single largest polluter in Southern California, a region famous for its smog.<p>NPR's Kirk Siegler reports on a new California law that will soon require some of the largest diesel-guzzling ships to kill their engines and plug in to shore power at the docks.<p>KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: Shipping is a dirty business and it's hard to regulate. Mon, 20 May 2013 08:56:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 28102 at http://kanw.com LA Mayoral Candidates Try To Persuade Voters To Pay Attention http://kanw.com/post/la-mayor-candidates-try-persuade-voters-pay-attention The candidates have spent a record amount of money. Fri, 17 May 2013 07:02:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 28003 at http://kanw.com LA Mayoral Candidates Try To Persuade Voters To Pay Attention A Splash Of 'Urban Ocean' On A Southern California Cruise http://kanw.com/post/southern-california-cruise-splash-urban-ocean A cruise run by the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif., sounds like a picturesque summer outing. But the Urban Ocean boat cruise highlights the juxtaposition of a powerful port with a fragile ecosystem: You're just as likely to see trash as you are to see marine life.<p>In front of the aquarium, school kids are running around, eager to go inside and pet the sharks and see the penguins. Sun, 05 May 2013 09:24:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 27443 at http://kanw.com A Splash Of 'Urban Ocean' On A Southern California Cruise Why An Immigration Deal Won't Solve The Farmworker Shortage http://kanw.com/post/why-immigration-deal-wont-solve-farmworker-shortage The Salinas Valley in Northern California grows about 80 percent of the country's lettuce, and it takes a lot of people to pick and pack it. In a field owned by <a href="http://www.dudafresh.com/">Duda Farm Fresh Foods</a>, a dozen <em>lechugueros, </em>or lettuce pickers, are bent at the waist, cutting heads of iceberg lettuce. They work frantically to stay in front of a line of 12 more packers, who seal them with tape and toss them onto a conveyor belt.<p>"There's a lot more going on here than meets the eye," says Sammy Duda, the company's vice president. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:11:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 27249 at http://kanw.com Why An Immigration Deal Won't Solve The Farmworker Shortage Looking To Broaden Appeal, RNC Heads To Hollywood http://kanw.com/post/looking-broaden-appeal-rnc-heads-hollywood The Republican National Committee is holding its spring meeting in the Democratic stronghold of Hollywood this week — part of an effort to broaden the party's appeal.<p>So far, there are sharp divisions among RNC delegates about the future direction of the GOP. But there's general agreement that the party isn't effectively communicating its message.<p>At a sometimes raucous afternoon meeting Wednesday, speaker after speaker walked up to the microphone and made pleas about the future of the GOP. "We need to multiply, not divide," one said. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:31:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 26501 at http://kanw.com Looking To Broaden Appeal, RNC Heads To Hollywood L.A. Schools Hire Security Aides To Watch For Threats http://kanw.com/post/la-schools-hire-security-aides-watch-threats Tenth Street Elementary is in the Pico-Union district of Los Angeles, a few blocks west of the Staples Center and downtown skyscrapers. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 07:21:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 26404 at http://kanw.com L.A. Schools Hire Security Aides To Watch For Threats Battling Suicide In A 'Gun State' Means Treading Carefully http://kanw.com/post/gun-state-suicide-prevention-aims-firearm-safety <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgPjT88ZfaE</p> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 09:33:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 25753 at http://kanw.com Battling Suicide In A 'Gun State' Means Treading Carefully A Turning Point For Talking About Suicide And Guns In Wyoming http://kanw.com/post/turning-point-talking-about-suicide-and-guns-wyoming Guns are a big part of everyday life in Wyoming, and many residents have been directly impacted by a suicide in which a gun was used. The state has the highest suicide rate in the nation, and three-quarters of Wyoming's suicides are by firearm.<p>The rural state's relationship with guns has long made suicide prevention efforts challenging. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:20:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 25582 at http://kanw.com A Turning Point For Talking About Suicide And Guns In Wyoming Owens Valley Salty As Los Angeles Water Battle Flows Into Court http://kanw.com/post/owens-valley-salty-los-angeles-water-battle-flows-court In the West, fights over water last a long time.<p>It's been almost 100 years since William Mulholland stood atop an aqueduct along the Owens River and said, "There it is, take it." He was referring to a diversion channel that started piping water to Los Angeles from 200 miles away. That water allowed L.A. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:47:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 25248 at http://kanw.com Owens Valley Salty As Los Angeles Water Battle Flows Into Court Sequestered Spring Means Fewer Rangers, Services At National Parks http://kanw.com/post/sequestered-spring-means-fewer-rangers-services-national-parks Spring has come early to the Yosemite Valley, and the melting snow makes for a spectacular rush of water off the granite face of Yosemite Falls, the tallest in North America.<p>Early March is when park officials would normally be gearing up for the busy tourist season. Instead, they're figuring out how to cut $1.5 million from their budget. Without a budget deal, the sequestration has forced the Park Service to cut a total of $134 million from sites around the country.<p>"Do we close a visitor center for the entire season, or do we just cut back hours?" says Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:20:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 24993 at http://kanw.com Sequestered Spring Means Fewer Rangers, Services At National Parks Fitness Boot Camps May Get The Boot In Santa Monica, Calif. http://kanw.com/post/fitness-boot-camps-may-get-boot-santa-monica-calif If you haven't been to Palisades Park — the famous oceanfront park in Santa Monica, Calif. — chances are you have seen its swaying palm trees and sweeping ocean vistas in movies and commercials.<p>Running up the wooden stairs that plunge to the beach is the workout to do in this city where it seems like you have to be fit to fit in. In fact, most early mornings before work hours, this park seems more like an outdoor gym than anything else, with running clubs, weight training and kickboxing classes.<p>But it appears that even in Southern California, the fitness craze has its limits. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 23:07:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 23044 at http://kanw.com Fitness Boot Camps May Get The Boot In Santa Monica, Calif. Beyond Hot Air: Political Blimps Take To Swing State Skies http://kanw.com/post/beyond-hot-air-political-blimps-take-swing-state-skies How do you reach an audience of more than 200,000 people a day in an important swing state without buying an expensive TV ad?<p>If you're Sid Overton, you build a blimp and fly it alongside one of Colorado's busiest freeways.<p>"It says, 'Romney For President. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 17:07:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 20016 at http://kanw.com Beyond Hot Air: Political Blimps Take To Swing State Skies Being 'Better Off' May Not Be Enough To Win Colo. http://kanw.com/post/being-better-may-not-be-enough-win-colo Colorado is a good venue for a presidential debate focusing on domestic issues. The first of three highly anticipated debates between President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, will take place Wednesday at the University of Denver.<p>The state is known for its independent voting streak, and much like the rest of the country, there are sharp political divides about the role of government in the economy. Sun, 30 Sep 2012 18:43:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 19071 at http://kanw.com Being 'Better Off' May Not Be Enough To Win Colo.