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Metro LAX plan, California smog levels, David Broza and more

Published January 24, 2014 at 9:15 AM PST
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Today on the show, we'll look at the MTA's plan to connect rail lines to LAX and why they scrapped a proposal to bring the line right into the airport. Plus, a new report shows that air pollution levels in certain California cities are not at ideal levels, our Friday Flashback looks at the week's biggest stories, David Broza's new album hopes to push for peace in the Middle East, your SoCal rain dance songs and much more.

Yesterday, the Metro Transit Authority decided to shelve plans for a metro line into LAX. However, they're reviewing other options to help connect rail lines to LAX. For more we're joined by MTA CEO Art Leahy.
Air quality here in Los Angeles has been nasty the last week or so because of the Colby fire in Glendora. But overall, air pollution in California cities is down some 20 percent from a decade ago.
The rural community of Brooktrails Township in Northern California depends on regular rainfall to fill its reservoirs. Right now, 80 percent of the water supply has been used up with no relief in sight.
It's Friday! And that means it's time for another Friday Flashback, our look a the week in news. To help us with that we're joined this week by columnist James Rainey of the Los Angeles Times and Nancy Cook of National Journal.
Trying to create social change with music is a tradition; think Bob Dylan, Gil Scott Heron or WAR. Now singer/songwriter David Broza is taking a stab at a long simmering conflict and trying to bring together Israelis and Palestinians.
We took your suggestions for songs about the rain, hoping that they'd bring rain... and we played them on the radio.
Across the country the legal landscape for same-sex marriage is changing, and fast. In the Southwest in recent weeks, courts in New Mexico and Utah have delivered victories to gay marriage proponents. Now in neighboring Arizona, some gay and lesbian couples are challenging their state’s definition of marriage.
Prior to last summer's decision by the Supreme Court about DOMA and California's Prop 8, movement to legalize gay marriage was very slow. And that was on purpose.
Parents have to perform logistical acrobatics to make the three-hour daily sessions work. And researchers say full day programs are just better.
Friday night, a dozen pairs of Google Glass will be worn during the Sacramento Kings game to bring new angles for fans to see the game, including the team mascot, Slamson the lion. Jim Kovach is the vice president of business development for CrowdOptic and joined us to talk about integrating Google Glass into sports games.
Every year, the surf world waits with rapt anticipation to see if conditions will be just right to deliver that perfect swell for the Mavericks Invitational big wave surfing competition.
This month marks the 150th anniversary of what Navajo and Mescalero Apache people call The Long Walk, similar to the forced march known as the Trail Of Tears.
The Hot 8 Brass Band is in town for Sunday's Grammy Awards, but they're playing a set tonight at The Mint in mid-city Los Angeles. The group's Grammy-nominated album, "The Life and Times of…The Hot 8 Brass Band", captures the energy and diverse sounds of the band's native New Orleans.
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