Larry Mantle talks with actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, star of the new film "Capote," and with the film's director Bennett Miller about this film that provides a glimpse into the life of writer Truman Capote.
Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga, who uncovered evidence of the racist motives behind the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, died last week in Torrance, California. KPCC's Nick Roman discusses the importance of her findings and work as a researcher with Karen Ishizuka of the Japanese American National Museum.
Firefighters from multiple agencies continue to battle the fast-moving Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest since Monday.
They not only have to contend with high heat and steep terrain, but they also have to keep a close watch on the winds.
That's because the fire is close to what's called the "Elsinore Convergence Zone." It's a unique area where the marine layer from the coast is pushed south by the Santa Ana mountains to meet streams of dry desert air -- and it has the potential to create strong, unpredictable winds.
Meteorologist Alex Tardy with the National Weather Service in San Diego spoke with KPCC's Nick Roman to explain the phenomenon.
Samantha Geimer shares her story in a public appearance at the KPCC Crawford Family Forum on Monday, September 23, 2013. She speaks with Los Angeles Times reporter Rebecca Keegan and former attorney Lawrence Silver.
Across the country, hundreds of millions of single-use plastic straws get thrown out every day.
But a bill on Governor Jerry Brown's desk could cut down the number of straws used in the state. It follows similar ordinances passed in cities across California.
KPCC's Nick Roman speaks to the bill's author, Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier)