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We preview California Governor Gavin Newsom's State of the State speech. And, we speak with the Auto Club of Southern California about its new report that found electric vehicles lose a significant amount of charge when temperatures are cold. Plus, we hear from the creator of the Greyhound Diaries, a multimedia exhibit opening at the Museum of Social Justice this weekend.

State of Affairs

( Starts at 1:26 ) 

For our weekly round-up in politics: As the 2020 election heats up, Democrats look to California for some campaign cash. Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Schiff attracts more ire from President Trump as the House Intelligence Committee reopens the Russian probe. Plus: a look ahead at Governor Newsom’s State of the State.


  • Raphe Sonenshein, Pat Brown Institute at CSU Los Angeles
  • Marisa Lagos, political reporter for KQED

This Pacifier Has Been Supercharged With Music To Help NICU Preemies in L.A.

( Starts at 20:18 ) 

A high-tech pacifier is helping some of L.A.'s premature babies learn to eat and bond with their parents while they're in the neonatal intensive care unit or NICU. The humble paci is harnessing the power of music therapy using something called a "Pacifier Activated Lullaby," or the PAL. KPCC's Priska Neely has the story.

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Cold Electric Vehicles

( Starts at 25:13 ) 

As freezing temperatures plague much of the country, electric vehicle owners may experience a decrease in driving range, compounded by use of the vehicle’s interior climate control, according to the Automobile Association of America. New research from AAA reveals that when the mercury dips to 20°F and the HVAC system is used to heat the inside of the vehicle, the average driving range is decreased by 41 percent. This means for every 100 miles of combined urban/highway driving, the range at 20°F would be reduced to 59 miles.


  • Megan McKernan, manager of the Auto Club's Automotive Research Center

Parenting Hacks

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So here's the biggest understatement of the decade: parenting is hard. Although, Mom usually gets the brunt of it. This push and pull of emotions while parenting is, at its essence, what Hillary Frank's podcast is all about. It's called The Longest, Shortest Time. Now she's collected stories from friends and listeners for her new book, "Weird Parenting Wins."


  • Hillary Frank, author of "Weird Parenting Wins"
Penguin Random House

Greyhound Diaries

( Starts at 41:24 ) 

Singer-songwriter Doug Levitt has traveled more than 12 years and 120,000 miles by Greyhound, writing songs, stories, and gathering images of fellow bus riders at the crossroads. A major multi-media exhibition at the Museum of Social Justice in Downtown Los Angeles -- which opens February 9th and runs through the end of May -- renders visceral personal stories that together depict a broader picture: one of the overlooked and under-reflected who travel by Greyhound, where life at margins is the one commonality all aboard share.


  • Doug Levitt

Weekend Preview

( Starts at 46:10 ) 

Happy lunar new year! Celebrate Tết in the OC or watch the 120th edition of the Golden Dragon Parade in downtown L.A. Party like you're 15(ish) as the Music Center throws a re-imagined quinceañera. Wax nostalgic at a paper, print and typewriter festival, or watch an all-female cast perform Romeo and Juliet.


  • Leo Duran, Take Two producer

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