Features

Light-footed clapper rail (Rallus longirostris levipes) photographed at the Chula Vista Nature Center in Chula Vista, California. Status: endangered.
JOEL SARTORE
PORTFOLIO

Photographer Joel Sartore’s Ark of the Endangered

One man’s effort to photograph 12,000 animal species in captivity includes haunting images of those threatened by extinction.

A Cal Fire airplane drops retardant on a large hilltop home that caught fire during a 2014 wildfire in San Marcos.
ALLEN J. SCHABEN/GETTY IMAGES
FEATURE

Fighting Fire from Above

Longer fire seasons, bigger blazes, and urban encroachment into the wilderness pose new challenges for those charged with fighting flames from the sky.

Serial entrepreneur Anthony Wood founded five companies before launching Roku in 2002. (Roku means “six” in Japanese.)
MARC OLIVIER LE BLANC
ALTA Q&A

Anthony Wood and the Future of Streaming

Do you watch Netflix or Hulu on a smart TV? The CEO of Roku reveals how his company helps those services (and soon Disney and Apple, too) stream movies, sports, and TV programs.

After spending six months in detox at Camarillo State Hospital, a reinvigorated Charlie Parker went to Jack’s Basket Room and gave what is considered by many to be the greatest performance of his life.
WILLIAM GOTTLIEB/REDFERNS
MUSIC

The Night Charlie Parker Soared in South Central L.A.

The jazz saxophonist gave a legendary after-hours performance at Jack’s Basket Room in 1947. No photos or recordings captured it, and last year a suspicious fire destroyed the L.A. building.

The Well of the Scribes before it was removed from the outside of the Los Angeles Public Library.
PHOTO COURTESY OF LOS ANGELES PUBLIC LIBRARY
COLD CASE

What Ever Happened to the Well of the Scribes?

A prized sculpture of the Los Angeles Central Library disappeared in 1969. The city would like it returned if at all possible. (Late fees will be waived.)

Sunrise view at Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park, a crucial wildlife habitat in the west San Fernando Valley.
ALAMY
SPACE

Pressed for Space in Santa Susana

Every U.S. manned rocket launch—including Apollo 11’s—started with a test at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. Government agencies and concerned locals are squaring off over what happens to the legendary site next.

Charles Manson in his cell at California Medical Facility in Vacaville, 1982.
NEIL LEIFER/GETTY IMAGES
POP CULTURE

The Charles Manson Industry

What led to—and has arisen from—the infamous 1969 murders is weirder, darker, and more hypocritical than you ever imagined.