On this week’s show we launch our new series Air Check: petroleum and air pollution from a community perspective. With the support of independent news sites –Newsdesk.org and Spot.us– our reporters will follow the path a barrel of oil from the place it’s extracted to where it’s refined and beyond. To kick-off the series, Sara Harris interviews the authors of Smogtown: The lung-burning history of pollution in Los Angeles… Chip Jacobs and William Kelly.
For the first time in its nearly 140 year history, the L.A. Central library stopped offering seven-day-a week hours due to sever city budget cuts. The passage of ballot measure L last week brings back services and hours. Martín Gómez, the city librarian, explains what the priorities are for a library system that can afford to focus on access for the information age.
UCLA Film and Television Archive
The UCLA Film and Television Archive is one of the largest repositories of old, fragile, rescued, rare, and otherwise significant film and video works. Sara talks to the head of public programs at the archive, Shannon Kelley, about this year’s Festival of Preservation, highlights from the archive. The festival runs through March 27, so there’s still time to check out the calendar and catch some of the screenings at the Billy Wilder Theater.
We visit another local treasure: The Page Museum: home to the world’s richest deposits of “Ice Age” fossils and to the LaBrea Tar Pits. Hear In the City, senior producer, Luis Sierra Campos, takes us to a new –and accidental– excavation called –Project 23– Why Project 23? Well, Luis takes us there to find out…