Valerie Hamilton reports on the west coast and the US-Mexico border for US and European public media. She lives in Los Angeles.
Science, Tech & Environment
Even as it makes a big push into green energy and hosts big climate conferences, Germany has remained stubbornly reliant on coal for a big share of its energy. That might finally be starting to change.
Conflict & Justice
The Austrian government wanted to knock down the house where Hitler was born. But the town said no, you can't stop people from remembering history. But you can try to make sure that when they do, they know what really happened.
Lifestyle & Belief
“We love vanilla, chocolate ... but you still have that memory of what you ate back home,” says Smita Vasant, who left her corporate job to open Saffron Spot in Los Angeles.
Arts, Culture & Media
“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.
Business, Economics and Jobs
"The handwriting is already up and down the wall that we'll never have the labor force that we had before," says one farm owner from a part of California where some farms are using robots to help work the crops.