KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler http://krwg.org en Of Bison, Birth Control And An Island Off Southern Calif. http://krwg.org/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 47422 at http://krwg.org Of Bison, Birth Control And An Island Off Southern Calif. Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms http://krwg.org/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 46554 at http://krwg.org Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms After Years Of Violence, L.A.'s Watts Sees Crime Subside http://krwg.org/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 46163 at http://krwg.org After Years Of Violence, L.A.'s Watts Sees Crime Subside Summer 'Heat Tourists' Sweat With Smiles In Death Valley http://krwg.org/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 45106 at http://krwg.org Summer 'Heat Tourists' Sweat With Smiles In Death Valley Colorado Springs Learns To Live With Fire http://krwg.org/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 43457 at http://krwg.org Rain, Cooler Weather Slow Colorado Fire http://krwg.org/post/rain-cooler-weather-slow-colorado-fire Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. In Colorado, cooler weather and some rain has helped crews begin to get a handle on the Black Forest fire that's burning just north of Colorado Springs. Yesterday, several thousand people were allowed back into their homes, but an estimated 30,000 people remain evacuated from the area.<p>The blaze has claimed two lives, and it has destroyed at least 473 homes. Sat, 15 Jun 2013 12:00:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 43406 at http://krwg.org Rail Project At Los Angeles Port Draws Environmentalists' Ire http://krwg.org/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 42984 at http://krwg.org Rail Project At Los Angeles Port Draws Environmentalists' Ire Baptist Church In Oklahoma Churns Out Meals For Victims http://krwg.org/post/baptist-church-oklahoma-churns-out-meals-victims Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Hundreds of volunteers have come to Moore, Okla., this week to help the community after Monday's deadly tornado. Some people are cleaning debris, others are bringing out water and supplies to people whose lives have been turned upside down. Sat, 25 May 2013 09:55:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 41912 at http://krwg.org Yahoo To Buy Tumblr In An Attempt To Revitalize Itself http://krwg.org/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 41492 at http://krwg.org Calif. Law To Require Ships To Cut Pollution http://krwg.org/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 41493 at http://krwg.org LA Mayoral Candidates Try To Persuade Voters To Pay Attention http://krwg.org/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 41338 at http://krwg.org LA Mayoral Candidates Try To Persuade Voters To Pay Attention A Splash Of 'Urban Ocean' On A Southern California Cruise http://krwg.org/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 40491 at http://krwg.org A Splash Of 'Urban Ocean' On A Southern California Cruise Why An Immigration Deal Won't Solve The Farmworker Shortage http://krwg.org/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 40177 at http://krwg.org Why An Immigration Deal Won't Solve The Farmworker Shortage Looking To Broaden Appeal, RNC Heads To Hollywood http://krwg.org/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 38894 at http://krwg.org Looking To Broaden Appeal, RNC Heads To Hollywood L.A. Schools Hire Security Aides To Watch For Threats http://krwg.org/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 38738 at http://krwg.org L.A. Schools Hire Security Aides To Watch For Threats Battling Suicide In A 'Gun State' Means Treading Carefully http://krwg.org/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 37606 at http://krwg.org Battling Suicide In A 'Gun State' Means Treading Carefully A Turning Point For Talking About Suicide And Guns In Wyoming http://krwg.org/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 37322 at http://krwg.org A Turning Point For Talking About Suicide And Guns In Wyoming Owens Valley Salty As Los Angeles Water Battle Flows Into Court http://krwg.org/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 36785 at http://krwg.org Owens Valley Salty As Los Angeles Water Battle Flows Into Court Sequestered Spring Means Fewer Rangers, Services At National Parks http://krwg.org/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 36391 at http://krwg.org Sequestered Spring Means Fewer Rangers, Services At National Parks G20 Leaders Pledge To Avert Currency War http://krwg.org/post/g20-leaders-pledge-avert-currency-war A meeting of finance ministers from the 20 leading industrial and developing nations wrapped up over the weekend in Moscow. The nations agreed to not to target the exchange rates of their respective currencies amid concerns that competitive devaluation could spark a currency war. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:42:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 35352 at http://krwg.org Fitness Boot Camps May Get The Boot In Santa Monica, Calif. http://krwg.org/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 23:12:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 33310 at http://krwg.org Fitness Boot Camps May Get The Boot In Santa Monica, Calif. AmEx Travel Section Bears The Brunt Of Layoffs http://krwg.org/post/amex-travel-section-bears-brunt-layoffs Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Heading in the other direction, American Express says it plans to lay off more than 5,000 workers in the coming year. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:55:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 33051 at http://krwg.org California Law Addresses Social Media Privacy http://krwg.org/post/california-law-addresses-social-media-privacy California has a new law in affect this year that bars employers from forcing employees to hand over their social media passwords. Some companies have been asking for these passwords to keep tabs on employees. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 09:41:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 32629 at http://krwg.org Beyond Hot Air: Political Blimps Take To Swing State Skies http://krwg.org/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 28466 at http://krwg.org Beyond Hot Air: Political Blimps Take To Swing State Skies Being 'Better Off' May Not Be Enough To Win Colo. http://krwg.org/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 27084 at http://krwg.org Being 'Better Off' May Not Be Enough To Win Colo. Obama Backers Battle For Dominance On Denver Airwaves http://krwg.org/post/obama-backers-battle-dominance-denver-airwaves Watching the first 20 minutes of <em>Saturday Night Live</em>'s season premiere in Denver, I counted at least four ads by the Obama campaign and liberal groups backing the president. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 13:54:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 26342 at http://krwg.org Pro-Romney SuperPAC: 'Enormous Opportunity' In Western Swing States http://krwg.org/post/pro-romney-superpac-enormous-opportunity-western-swing-states Some well-funded pro-Mitt Romney superPACs and other advocacy groups are pulling their TV ad dollars in Pennsylvania and Michigan and are doubling down on efforts in what they consider to be more crucial swing states — such as Florida, Ohio, Iowa and Colorado.<p>Those are states where President Obama has also been spending considerable time campaigning lately, but where he's facing a barrage of attack ads from his Republican rival and the conservative superPACs, such as American Crossroads, and nonprofit advocacy groups, like Americans for Prosperity.<p>In <a href="http://www.kunc.org/post/pro Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:44:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 26009 at http://krwg.org Pro-Romney SuperPAC: 'Enormous Opportunity' In Western Swing States Colo. Gov. Hickenlooper To Address Convention http://krwg.org/post/colo-gov-hickenlooper-address-convention Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is among the scheduled speakers at the Democratic Convention tonight. The former brew pub owner is one of the most popular governors in the country, and the Obama campaign hopes his popularity will help the party, once again, with the battleground state of Colorado in November. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 08:46:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 25551 at http://krwg.org Aurora Shootings Come Into Play In Colorado Races http://krwg.org/post/aurora-shootings-come-play-colorado-races Last month's deadly theater shootings in Aurora, Colo., are starting to play front and center in at least two hotly contested U.S. House races in the swing state.<p>The conservative lobbying group <a href="http://www.compasscolorado.org" target="_blank">Compass Colorado</a> this week announced it's beginning a slate of automated calls highlighting what the organization says is Democratic Rep. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:11:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 24268 at http://krwg.org In Colorado Wildfires' Wake, Survivors Live In Limbo http://krwg.org/post/colorado-wildfires-wake-survivors-live-limbo When the Waldo Canyon Fire roared over the hill behind the Mountain Shadows neighborhood in Colorado Springs, Colo., in June, nearly<strong> </strong>350 homes were destroyed. The blaze reduced this affluent neighborhood at the foot of the mountains to rubble.<p>C.J. Moore's home on Mirror Lake Court was among the casualties. The inferno was so hot, her stone driveway exploded. Only a few blackened trees sway eerily in the wind where her home used to stand.<p>"That's my freezer curled up over there," Moore gestures. "Looks like it's just curled up. Under here is a furnace ... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 22:09:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 24163 at http://krwg.org In Colorado Wildfires' Wake, Survivors Live In Limbo