July-September 2019/Issue 8

 

FEATURES

FERAL HORSES, FIERCE CONTROVERSY
Wild mustang populations are out of control, competing with cattle and native wildlife for resources. If the federal government doesn’t rein them in, ranchers may take matters into their own hands. By Jason G. Goldman

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. By Denise Hamilton

THESE KIDS AREN’T ALRIGHT
Yolo County has been jailing unaccompanied migrant children. Supporters claim they’re rescuing these minors from an uncertain fate. Critics say that’s one “hell of a savior complex.” By Patrick Michels/Reveal

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

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. A conversation with Will Hearst

PRESSED FOR SPACE
The 2,850-acre Santa Susana Field Laboratory contains craggy canyons, ancient petroglyphs, abundant wildlife—and toxic contamination from more than 17,000 rocket engine firings. By Matt Jaffe

THE NIGHT CHARLIE PARKER SOARED
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. By Lynell George

PORTFOLIO: AN ARK FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
One man’s effort to photograph 12,000 animal species in captivity includes haunting images of those threatened by extinction. Photography by Joel Sartore

FICTION: ABOVE SANTA CRUZ
From the author of Maggie Brown & Others, a new short story involving a dilapidated mansion, Lizzie Borden, and a feeling of existential loneliness. By Peter Orner

 

EVERY ISSUE

DISPATCHES: Musso & Frank • LGBTQ Mariachi Band • Ishmael Reed’s Oakland • Hillsong Church • Poetry

COLD CASE: The Lost Well of the Scribes at L.A.’s Central Library

REVIEWS: Santa Barbara Dining • First LightDeep RiverUnpassingLast Black Man in San Francisco

APPRECIATION: Architectural historian Robert Winter

WHAT NEXT: Lab-Grown Meat Is What’s for Dinner

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