“Reading books is a human right,” says bookseller Bijan Khalili, who runs Ketab Corporation, a Persian bookstore in Los Angeles. It started as a simple service to exiles who had fled the Iranian Revolution, leaving their books behind.
Throngs of protesters turned out at airports over the weekend to criticize President Donald Trump's Friday executive order suspending entry of all refugees to the US and blocking entry for citizens of seven specific countries.
The band Dengue Fever is based in Los Angeles. But what brings the band's members together is music from Cambodia. They've produced several albums full of Cambodian pop mixed with psychedelic rock. Guitarist Zach Holtzman tells us more.
Even though SB 1070 is taking effect today without its most controversial provisions it's already having an impact: it's inspiring musicians on both sides of the US-Mexico border. Betto Arcos reports from Los Angeles.
The answer to today's Geo quiz is Placita Olvera, the historic birthplace of Los Angeles, and the site of a huge festival this weekend celebrating traditional Mexican mole. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with chef and restaurant owner Zarela Martinez.
Driving in Karachi's crazy traffic can be very stressful. But amidst all this mess there is one source of pleasure ï¿½ the wonderfully decorated public transport vehicles. Fahad Desmukh reports on the poetry that adorns many vehicles in Pakistan.
Ute Lemper is perhaps most famous for interpreting the music of Kurt Weill. Now Lemper's drawing on the sounds of Weimar Germany to portray the bitter, lonely Los Angeles of American poet Charles Bukowski. From PRI's The World.
The World's Gerry Hadden reports a Christmas tradition in the Catalonian region of Spain. It will strike you as unusual and might strike you as offensive. It is a figure in the Catalonian nativity scene called the ï¿½pooper.ï¿½
Shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, Parvez Sharma began paying close attention to the national discussion around religion. And the gay Muslim filmmaker said he felt the need to come out of the closet ? as a practicing Muslim. Sharma has made a new documentary about the lives of other gay and lesbian Muslims.
In a section of Los Angeles, the city council has put a moratorium on new fast food restaurants. The measure is intended to promote healthier lifestyles in a working-class area where obesity is a concern. New York has required calorie labels at chain restaurants to combat obesity ? where do government responsibility and personal responsibility intersect?
The Takeaway talks to journalist Christine Pelisek about a killer in L.A. who has been around for 22 years, lays dormant and then strikes, and is now known as the 'Grim Sleeper.' Guest: Christine Pelisek, journalist from the L.A. Weekly
Writer and cyclist Ryan Bowen was so inspired by Barack Obama's election win that he was desperate to make it to the inauguration. But he couldn't quite swing a plane ticket. Instead he decided to travel from Los Angeles to D.C. by bike.