'Water Police' Seek Out Water Waste in San Francisco
Even without any rain, you turn on the faucet and the water still comes out. That makes it harder to convince people not to use it. In Sacramento this week, Gov. Jerry Brown announced more than $1 billion in state money to fast track short-term relief from the drought. None of it will make it rain or snow of course -- and the governor hinted that tighter restrictions on water use could be on the way unless things change. Like many counties, San Francisco is trying to squeeze out more water savings. And it's doing a good job. But San Francisco is still trying to squeeze out more savings, with the help of two women who are like the Sherlock Holmes of water conservation.
SF Symphony Entices New Audiences With Soundbox Venue
Symphony orchestras are among the most traditional of the performing arts. But around the country some are trying to reinvent themselves, worried that audiences are graying and fading away. The San Francisco Symphony has recently opened a state-of-the-art club-like venue, where audiences can sip cocktails at their seats and tweet during performances. We visit the symphony's experiment in audience-building, called Soundbox.
L.A. Painter Finds Inspiration in Fire and Protest
Images of fire, protests and tear gas from Ferguson, Missouri, Mexico City and downtown Los Angeles have circled the globe through social media recently -- and they landed in the inbox of Los Angeles painter Sandy Rodriguez. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez went to her studio in South L.A. to learn how the images inspired works of art.
L.A. Broadcaster Connects Iranians Across the World
Nuclear talks with Iran dominate the headlines these days. But a radio show produced out of Los Angeles focuses on the country's human rights issues, and connects with Iranians from all over the world. We get the story of Saeed Ghaemmaghami, a man some call Iran's unstoppable freedom warrior.
Pop Music Review: Sarah Bethe Nelson's 'Fast-Moving Clouds'
Some musical artists make their mark early. But others are late bloomers like Sarah Bethe Nelson. But by taking her time to step out with a debut solo album, the San Francisco native had the chance to gather stories and observations that fuel a set of songs both gritty and tender. Pop music critic Steve Hochman reviews "Fast-Moving Clouds."