Where to spot stellar wildflowers along the Central Coast
Birds are chirping, creeks are flowing and wildflower buds are beginning to pop up and down the Central Coast. A landscape architect who understands the complicated and delicate nature of creating public memorials offers advice to Montecito. And neuroscientists from UC Santa Barbara have developed a new theory that helps explain why some people drink too much.
What really goes in Santa Barbara’s dump
A new Crisis Intervention Team in Santa Barbara County pairs a sheriff’s deputy with a mental health specialist. Photographer James Balog explains the massive impact humans are having on the elements. And KCRW tours Santa Barbara's largest landfill, which is nearing capacity.
The fight to make Old Town Goleta newer
Confidential records detailing police misconduct and use force are on the verge of becoming public in California, but the union representing Ventura’s sheriff's deputies is pushing back. There’s a new executive director at the Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art, and her first exhibit feels like walking through a car wash. And the Goleta Chamber of Commerce wants to freshen up Old Town, but a number of property owners are worried they won’t stop there.
SB City College President retires amid racial tensions
The president of Santa Barbara City College announces his retirement as students fume about how he handled disputes over race and gender. A local historian walks through a 4-mile-long tunnel below the Santa Ynez mountains to learn about Santa Barbara's complicated history with water. And the Santa Barbara City Council selected 32-year-old Meagan Harmon to represent the downtown district.
A small coastal town fights the growing stench — and footprint — of cannabis
Tensions flare in the town of Carpinteria over the smell of pot. A local air traffic controller, who went without pay during the government shutdown, reflects after attending the State of the Union Address. And a new documentary highlights Santa Barbara’s global influence in the world of surfing.