The Laid-Back Activism of Chad and JT

Orange County-based surfer bros employ radical kindness, an “aura of stoke,” and hilarious city council appearances to slyly promote grass-roots engagement.

Art for Our Sake: Amplifier’s Art Machine for Social Change

Founder Aaron Huey and Executive Director Cleo Barnett on how the Seattle-based design lab harnesses the change-driving power of analog art in a digital age.

The Power of Produce: Artist Lauren Halsey on Caring for Her Community with Summaeverythang

Halsey’s South Central LA hub provides her neighborhood with just what its name suggests—resources spanning from fresh produce to martial arts training.

David Byrne’s Undivided Attention

“We Are Not Divided,” the new project from Byrne’s solutions journalism site “Reasons to Be Cheerful,” finds lots of ways to heal our political divisions—and to feel a lot better.

Michael Stipe, Flea, and Rain Phoenix Remember River Phoenix on What Would Be His 50th Birthday

In honor of River’s birthday, his sister Rain reveals two new Aleka’s Attic tracks with the vinyl release of “Alone U Elope.”

“Keep It”: A Podcast for Fans, Stans, and Pop Culture Pans

Ira Madison III, Louis Virtel, + Aida Osman on nostalgia, Twitter, and 2019’s media landscape.

Shepard Fairey Is Here To Stay

With a new mural and a 30-year retrospective in Downtown LA, the massively influential artist is moving forward while looking back.

The Hard Times’ New Book “The First 40 Years” Is an Absurd Revisionist History of Punk

Matt Saincome, Bill Conway, + Krissy Howard on the satirical history of their satirical punk news site.

For New Deal 1990, Andy Howell Gets A Little Help From His Friends

To honor New Deal Skateboards’ legacy, the skating icon is turning to longtime friends, new followers, and one especially legendary street artist.

Helado Negro’s Willfully Weird Art

When he’s not writing experimental synth-folk, Roberto Carlos Lange is breaking new ground in the world of collaborative visual art.

Jeremy Fall’s New LA Restaurant Mixtape Combines Food, Tunes, and Visual Art

The spot features artwork by Quincy Jones, Jaden Smith, Tokimonsta, Brandon Boyd, Serj Tankian, Gashi, and more. 

Johnathan Rice in Seventeen Syllables

Before the sparse crooner released his first new album in six years, he rose to Instagram stardom by way of writing haikus. 

Jon Rose: Guerrilla Humanitarian

The former pro surfer talks Waves 4 Water, the humanitarian aid organization he founded after an interrupted surfing trip to Indonesia.

Philippe Cousteau Jr. and Michael Muller Are Making Waves

The grandson of Jacques Cousteau and the world’s foremost shark photographer chat.

Pod People: How “The Last Podcast on the Left” Explores the Dark Side

The cult podcast covering true crime, conspiracy theories, and all things spooky looks ahead to a new book and more live shows.

With “Dolphine,” Mega Bog Uses the Surreal to Reflect On Death

In contemplating multiple recent losses in her life, Erin Birgy tightens her grip on the bizarre.

Swoon: Steadfast and Self-Sustaining

The Brooklyn-based artist details the intersection of personal and global sustainability in her work.

Alex Honnold: The Rock Whisperer

He’s the only person to have scaled Yosemite monster-wall El Capitan without ropes, a feat detailed in the Oscar-winning doc “Free Solo.”

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