KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler http://wyso.org en Of Bison, Birth Control And An Island Off Southern Calif. http://wyso.org/post/bison-birth-control-and-island-southern-calif In an open-aired Jeep, it's a bone-jarring ride into Santa Catalina Island's vast interior. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 07:01:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 37639 at http://wyso.org Of Bison, Birth Control And An Island Off Southern Calif. Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms http://wyso.org/post/farm-laborers-get-foothold-their-own-organic-farms Northern California's Salinas Valley is often dubbed America's salad bowl. Large growers there have long relied on thousands of seasonal workers from rural Mexico to pick <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/04/20/151034145/rewash-that-pre-washed-bag-of-lettuce-dont-bother-probably">lettuce</a>, spinach and celery from sunrise to sunset. Many of these workers seem destined for a life in the fields. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 07:09:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 36995 at http://wyso.org Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms After Years Of Violence, L.A.'s Watts Sees Crime Subside http://wyso.org/post/after-years-violence-las-watts-sees-crime-subside On most weeknights, in the middle of his shift, Los Angeles police officer Keith Mott trades his gun and uniform for a T-shirt and shorts, and heads to a park in the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles. He's there to coach 7- and 8-year-old boys on the Pop Warner Pee Wee football team, the Watts Bears.<p>The kids come from three nearby housing projects: Jordan Downs, Nickerson Gardens and Imperial Courts. The park was carefully chosen. It's a neutral site for local gangs. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 07:41:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 36709 at http://wyso.org After Years Of Violence, L.A.'s Watts Sees Crime Subside Summer 'Heat Tourists' Sweat With Smiles In Death Valley http://wyso.org/post/summer-heat-tourists-sweat-smiles-death-valley It's no secret that Death Valley, Calif., is one of the hottest, most unforgiving places on Earth come summertime. July 10 is the 100th anniversary of the hottest temperature ever recorded on the planet — 134 degrees Fahrenheit — and the heat is drawing tourists from all over the world to Death Valley.<p>Like Terminal 5 at London Heathrow Airport, Death Valley becomes a melting pot of foreign accents. On a recent afternoon, Belgian tourist Yan Klassens admires the view of the Badlands from Zabriskie Point, describing it as "nice, awesome and colorful."<p>But the 122 degree heat?<p>"Oh! Warm. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:52:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 35992 at http://wyso.org Summer 'Heat Tourists' Sweat With Smiles In Death Valley Rain, Cooler Weather Slow Colorado Fire http://wyso.org/post/rain-cooler-weather-slow-colorado-fire Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. In Colorado, cooler weather and some rain has helped crews begin to get a handle on the Black Forest fire that's burning just north of Colorado Springs. Yesterday, several thousand people were allowed back into their homes, but an estimated 30,000 people remain evacuated from the area.<p>The blaze has claimed two lives, and it has destroyed at least 473 homes. Sat, 15 Jun 2013 12:00:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 34797 at http://wyso.org