KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler http://wncw.org en Of Bison, Birth Control And An Island Off Southern Calif. http://wncw.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 24756 at http://wncw.org Of Bison, Birth Control And An Island Off Southern Calif. Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms http://wncw.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 24198 at http://wncw.org Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms After Years Of Violence, L.A.'s Watts Sees Crime Subside http://wncw.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 23955 at http://wncw.org After Years Of Violence, L.A.'s Watts Sees Crime Subside Summer 'Heat Tourists' Sweat With Smiles In Death Valley http://wncw.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 20:47:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 23343 at http://wncw.org Summer 'Heat Tourists' Sweat With Smiles In Death Valley Colorado Springs Learns To Live With Fire http://wncw.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 22391 at http://wncw.org Rain, Cooler Weather Slow Colorado Fire http://wncw.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 22369 at http://wncw.org Rail Project At Los Angeles Port Draws Environmentalists' Ire http://wncw.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 22108 at http://wncw.org Rail Project At Los Angeles Port Draws Environmentalists' Ire Yahoo To Buy Tumblr In An Attempt To Revitalize Itself http://wncw.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 09:06:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 21255 at http://wncw.org Calif. Law To Require Ships To Cut Pollution http://wncw.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 09:06:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 21256 at http://wncw.org LA Mayoral Candidates Try To Persuade Voters To Pay Attention http://wncw.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 21173 at http://wncw.org LA Mayoral Candidates Try To Persuade Voters To Pay Attention