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A Theatrical Reenactment of a Nextdoor Mask Fight

If you’re on a local community website like Nextdoor, chances are you’ve seen your neighbors go off on each other about masks. Someone thinks you should wear one while walking your dog. Someone else vehemently disagrees. Maybe you can’t help but chime in. The thread gets longer, and uglier. Why do we love to fight online? KCRW asked a group of actors to reenact a particularly lively mask debate, and then examined the pitfalls of the human brain with a cognitive neuroscientist.

Photo from the Ventana Wildlife Society.

Big Sur’s Dolan Fire Destroys Condor Sanctuary

A California Condor sanctuary in Big Sur was completely destroyed by the Dolan Fire last month. It’s one of only a few places where endangered condors are captured, bred and released to restore the population along the central California coast. The Ventana Wildlife Society aims to raise $500,000 to rebuild the facilities and continue its work. Learn about the organization and consider making a donation.


Venues Light Up Red to Demand Federal Support

The Santa Barbara Bowl, Lobero Theater and venues across the country will light up their facilities in red tonight to encourage Congress to pass the Restart Act, which would provide financial assistance for the hardest-hit businesses and the people they employ. The live music and performing arts industry will likely be the last to restart during the pandemic due to an intrinsic element: crowds. Check out the hashtag #RedAlertRESTART and share images of venues and live events workers you love.


Collaborate with Reggie Watts and John Tejada

Ever fantasized about working on a song with fantastic artists? Well, your dream comes true on September 3 – Wajatta has written a 30-second rhythm track for you to collaborate with. Grab your guitar, kazoo, bust out the beatboxing skills and add a melody – heck, make some lyrics – anything you’d like! Submit your side-by-side video to KCRW and we’ll feature the best, funniest and most creative on our channels. Mark your calendars for instructions posted on 9/3!

Yuna by Ajarina Hitomi

In Residence: Yuna

Yuna’s sound blends cultures and influences into a seductive, R&B-pop that soars through her vocals and grooves behind her band. In the latest installment of In Residence, she performs two new tracks (including a worldwide debut) and a White Stripes cover — plus there’s video! Enjoy the session and stay for the conversation where she details her latest work, shares what life has been like balancing time between Malaysia and LA, talks about her career crossing over to the fashion space, and much more.

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