Sea Gulls Love In-N-Out. But Their Diet May Be Changing Their Channel Islands Home

“Usually it’s humans who are responsible for polluting natural ecosystems. But on Anacapa and Santa Barbara islands, gulls appear to be the ones spoiling the wild habitat with processed food and puked-up trash.”

Published: Oct 22, 2019
Length: 6 minutes (1,637 words)

In the Rush to Harvest Body Parts, Death Investigations Have Been Upended

Organ procurement companies can harvest body parts before medical examiners have a chance to examine a dead body and rule on a cause of death. Does that seem problematic? Yes, yes it does.

Published: Oct 13, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

Once Listed For $1 Billion. Sold For $100,000. What Just Happened?

It’s kind of confusing. Suffice it to say, it involves rich people, huge debt, and the late shah of Iran’s sister.

Published: Aug 20, 2019
Length: 4 minutes (1,208 words)

The California Coast Is Disappearing Under the Rising Sea. Our Choices Are Grim

The Golden State’s development coincided with an brief period of coastal calm, making the shoreline seem more stable than it is. Now that erosion, flooding, and rising sea levels are reshaping California’s coast, how will residents confront their new disturbing reality? Seawalls and sandbags can only protect so much.

Published: Jul 7, 2019
Length: 29 minutes (7,398 words)

Retired teacher found some seahorses off Long Beach, then he built a secret world for them

How a retired school teacher and a former Army staff sergeant work together to study and protect a small colony of Pacific seahorses in the waters off of Long Beach, California. “And if you’ve never seen a seahorse in the wild before, you will feel honored and awed, as if you’ve just seen a unicorn beneath the sea.”

Published: Jul 9, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,281 words)

I get one last Lent with my Mami. I’m using it to learn our family’s capirotada recipe

As his mother enters hospice care, Gustavo Arellano pays tribute to her life and to her cooking, trying to preserve the memory of his favorite dish.

Published: Apr 18, 2019
Length: 6 minutes (1,602 words)

On Virgil Avenue, Avocado Toast and Four Different Versions of the Same City

Thanks to Los Angeles’ enormous multi-culturalism, residents inhabit very different cities along this rapidly changing stretch of East Hollywood. Here food is both a symbol of peoples’ differences and their common ground.


Published: Mar 4, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,750 words)

Rare L.A. Mega-Storm Could Overwhelm Dam and Flood Dozens of Cities, Experts Say

Because southern California doesn’t have enough problems.

Published: Feb 18, 2019
Length: 5 minutes (1,399 words)

Help Border Patrol, or border crossers?

In Roma, Texas, a major thoroughfare for illegal immigration on the Texas-Mexico border, encountering Border Patrol agents and the immigrants desperate to evade them is an inescapable part of life. Residents repeatedly face legal and ethical questions: Do you help, and, if so, whom? The immigrants or the Border Patrol? Almost daily, they weigh fear against compassion, resentment against concern.

Published: Dec 16, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,000 words)

It Was the Last Night at Low End Theory, and Tyler, the Creator, Tokimonsta and More Made Sure This Wasn’t a Night of Mourning

You might not have heard of it, but Low End Theory is famous to fans of underground hip-hop and electronic music. The club night’s performers, DJ Nobody, Thundercat, Nosaj Thing, Flying Lotus and Tokimonsta, have shaped music far beyond LA’s beat scene, attracting the attention of performers like Kendrick Lamar and Thom Yorke. After twelve years, divided by a rape allegation, it ended. Here’s a dispatch from the final performance, and a look back.

Author: Jeff Weiss
Published: Aug 9, 2018
Length: 5 minutes (1,476 words)