Pacific Time - Los Angeles Times
Summary: Pacific Time is a weekly podcast that checks in with Los Angeles Times reporters and editors on a selection of the week's stories, coverage, columns and ongoing conversations.
Times staff writer Scott Gold, who spent all of 2009 reporting on the progress, promise and peril in South Los Angeles, talks about the South L.A. of the mid-1980s, an environment so infused with economic distress, virulent drugs, rampant violence and pervasive cultural mistrust that serial killers could operate in obscurity and with impunity for about a decade.
We focus on stories behind two of our stories. We chat with Los Angeles Times reporters Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives whose reporting on the pay for city officials in Bell continues to echo throughout the community. And we speak with Gargi Dave, the subject of a recent Column One on the aftermath and legal tangle 20 years after surviving a hijacking in Pakistan.
Mild-mannered reporter by day, Geoff Boucher has swooped in to San Diego this week to cover the grand gala of all things pop culture -- Comic-Con International 2010. For the rest of the week, hordes descend on the city to the south to consume, converse and kvetch about the latest and greatest in comics.
Beginning Sunday, the Los Angeles Times will explore in an occasional series the future of reading, the technologies and their effect on the culture of reading and writing. In this episode, we speak with Times reporters Alex Pham and David Sarno, and L.A. Times book critic and former Book editor David Ulin.
Beginning Sunday, the Los Angeles Times will explore in an occasional series the future of reading, the technologies and their effect on the culture of reading and writing. In Part 2, we speak with chief executive of the Assn. of American Publishers Tom Allen and author Jason Kelly.
After two decades, the LAPD says it has solved the "Grim Sleeper" serial killings, culminating in the arrest of a suspect on Wednesday. Police credit the use of a cutting-edge technology -- "familial search." Reporter Maura Dolan explains how it all works. Spies in our midst are apparently not just the thing of novels and movies. Friday afternoon, the Department of Justice confirmed that the United States and Russia exchanged 10 spies arrested in the U.S. for four convicted in Russia in a carefully crafted diplomatic maneuver. Ken Dilanian in our Washington bureau offers some context on where the real action is in espionage.
MacArthur Park's Polaroid photographers are the last of a dying breed. They've been sparring under the palm trees for nearly 40 years — and it's hard for them to admit it might be frame over. Reporter Esmeralda Bermudez talks about her childhood memories of photographers in MacArthur Park, hawking their skills, and the fading image that remains there today.
Arizona is preparing to enforce its new immigration law starting July 29. Reporter Nicholas Riccardi talks about officers' training and what they will and will not have to do under the law. The discovery that California's recipients of government assistance could access their funds in casinos and strip clubs across the state came as a surprise to many. Reporter Jack Dolan talks about how he came across the story in the first place. And finally, you think your phone is so smart, don't you. Well, reporter David Sarno explains that it might be too smart for your own good.
David Savage, a longtime reporter on and observer of the United States Supreme Court, shares a little insight and perspective on what is likely to transpire in the Senate confirmation hearings for Elena Kagan.
An international group of soccer fans in the aeronautics department at Caltech put the controversial Adidas soccer ball being used in the World Cup to the test. We hear from David Wharton about the test and their findings. Also related to the soccer fields in South Africa, reporter Hector Becerra talks about how the Mexican flag, which has taken on a rather polarizing tint over the years, is making a return to the streets of Los Angeles on the cars of soccer fans cheering on their national team. Remember the Lakers? Columnist Sandy Banks wrote about an evening's experience of wandering with fans juiced about the game with nowhere to watch. She talks about the surprising response her column garnered. And finally reporter David Savage has covered the court for more than two decades. In a two-part offering from David, we hear about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, the person. The second part will be available on Monday.
Los Angeles Times columnist in Washington, D.C., Doyle McManus offers an assessment of President Obama's choice to relieve Gen. McChrystal of command.
World Cup Soccer continues in South Africa. Earlier this week, we spoke with LA Times sports reporter Kevin Baxter in South Africa about the fans, who's making diva requests off the field and how things are going on the field.
This week, we talk about the big win for the Los Angeles Lakers, about where the Westside ends, a crackdown on violent crime in Salinas, and making tracks this summer.
This week, we take a look at a small Arizona town’s earlier efforts against illegal immigration, chat about efforts to clean waves of gooey oil in the Gulf of Mexico, get a first-hand look at iPhone 4 and a preview of the Electronics Entertainment Expo and finally, a remembrance of Coach John Wooden.
We review the results of Tuesday's primary election. State politics reporter Cathleen Decker gives her insight on the big California races, editorial writer Robert Greene offers a scorecard of how voters' choices matched up with the Editorial Board's endorsements, and Mark Z. Barabak calls in from San Francisco on trends in elections across the country. Finally, columnist Steve Lopez in an audio column talks about what four undeclared voters he's been in touch with would like to see from candidates going forward.