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State of Affairs

(Starts at 1:24)

State of Affairs is our weekly peek at politics in the Golden State. Some numbers out of the Public Policy Institute shine a new light on the California electorate. And a debate rages over who's going to pick up the tab from last year's fires in the North Bay. 


  • Carla Marinucci, senior editor for Politico's California Playbook

Idyllwild Fire update

(Starts at 11:23)

In the San Jacinto Mountains evacuations were ordered for several areas around Idyllwild. The fire is only at 3 percent containment and an active arson investigation is underway in connection to the wildfire. 


  • Lyn Sieliet, San Bernardino Forest Service

Local Idyllwild resident reflects on Cranston Fire

(Starts at 16:18)

Lori Brookes had just moved into her new Idyllwild home 25 days before the fire broke out in her neighborhood. The photographer and a writer, Lori was drawn to the quiet natural area by her love for hikes. But now, she's been evacuated.

View from Lori Brookes's kitchen, before she evacuated from her home of 25 days.
Courtesy Lori Brookes
View from Lori Brookes's kitchen, before she evacuated from her home of 25 days.

Monsoon in the Desert

(Starts at 20:34)

Despite an essential relief of the dry conditions, the intense rains will also mean localized flooding, mudslides and dust storms in some areas. The Inland Empire saw three to five inches of intense rain and thunderstorms in the midst of extreme heatwaves hitting the Southwest. So what are the causes and science behind these supposed anomalies?


  • Kimberly Duong, climate researcher at UC Irvine

Family reunification deadline missed

(Starts at 24:55)

 The Trump Administration had until Friday to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite children five and older with parent or adult family members. The deadline was not met. 


  • Leslie Berestein Rojas, KPCC reporter

Disneyland resort's union contract deal closes

(Starts at 30:29)

After a months long labor dispute, unions representing 10,000 Disneyland resort employees voted in favor of a three year contract that would raise hourly wages from $11 to $13.25 immediately, and to $15 starting January 2019.


  • David Huerta, President of SEIU-United Service Workers West representing Disney service workers

Cooking a three-course meal...on your car's dashboard

(Starts at 35:50)

Southern California is hit with another heatwave this week. You've heard it’s so hot you can fry and egg on the sidewalk, but how about baking cookies on your dashboard? Take Two was inspired by a Buzzfeed piece on the fabled car cookies but we wanted to try a three course meal.

We prepare and test veggie dumplings, a quesadilla, and chocolate chip cookies baked on a car dash in 100 degree weather.

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Libros Schmibros is moving

(Starts at 40:48)

For many years now, we've turned to local bibliophile David Kipen for all things books in this region. Maybe it's about a new release or the significance of major works from California's most famous authors. His Libros Schmibros Lending Library has been in Boyle Heights's Mariachi Plaza for years. And now he's moving...but not too far.


  • David Kipen, Libros Schmibros
The Boyle Cummings Block Hotel will be the new home of Libros Schmibros: Lending Library.
David Kipen
The Boyle Cummings Block Hotel will be the new home of Libros Schmibros: Lending Library.

Weekend Preview

(Starts at 45:29)

Marielle Wakim of Los Angeles Magazine and Take Two’s Leo Duran join forces on a “best of” list for things to do this weekend in Southern California.

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