California Fires — Are We Doing Better?
It's been a lot this week with the fires, but as overwhelming and awful as all of this has been — there is a silver lining: It could have been worse. Firefighters gained control of these blazes fairly quickly and part of that has to do with, yes, a little luck, but also, there's been some major improvements in how agencies are able to detect — and attack — the fires.
- Sharon McNary, KPCC Infrastructure Correspondent
Katie Hill Speech
Congresswoman Katie Hill of Northern LA County bid a final farewell to colleagues today. Hill announced Sunday that she’ll leave the House after a conservative blog released intimate photos, texts, and allegations that she had an inappropriate relationship with a staffer. Hill was elected as part of a blue wave during the November midterm that flipped the House. Friday is her last day.
Spooky LA vignettes
It's Halloween! And for the past two weeks, we've been asking you to submit your scariest tales. We picked the three scariest stories we got: a disembodied voice in the dark, a hooded figure in San Pedro and the benevolent hauntings at the Roxy. You can also read them all here.
The Science of Fear
For a true fright, the most hardcore of Halloween fans head to haunted houses. But what makes for a good scare? And what makes us truly afraid, anyways? Those are the questions that researchers right here are trying to answer.
- Professor Colin Camerer from CalTech, went to a haunted house to try and study the science of fear
Fire in Paradise Documentary
In 2018, a wildfire ripped through Paradise, a small town in northern California killing 85 people. And now, a new Netflix documentary is chronicling what happened, using cell phone footage and resident interviews. The documentary is called "Fire In Paradise."
- Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari directed the film
Throwback Thursday: Los Angeles Cults
Los Angeles is a city of dreamers and doers. It attracts all different types of people and groups. Including cults like the Manson Family. So, on this Halloween, Take Two’s got a kind of spooky topic for today's Throwback Thursday.
- Kim Cooper, Esotouric Tours