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If you've been following this presidential campaign you will know that Republican front-runner Donald Trump is really excited about his US-Mexico border wall. And he often invokes China's Great Wall. It turns out that China's top government officials are scientists or engineers. Is there a connection between innovation and the types of politicians we elect? Plus, American balladeer Woody Guthrie has been tied to both Trump and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders in this campaign. A new book explores the singer's early years in Los Angeles, and how the city shaped his politics and songwriting. Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, a vast new art complex, opened this weekend in a converted old bank and flour mill in downtown LA's Arts District. Is the mega-gallery meant to sell art, or a global brand? And LA Fashion Week launches this week. We look at the connections between LA and Berlin fashion, and whether the concept of a fashion week is still relevant.

Photo: Woody Guthrie near a Shafter, California, labor camp in 1941 (Seema Weatherwax)

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Avishay Artsy

Engineers and Elections 6 MIN, 45 SEC

If you've been following this presidential campaign you will know that Republican front-runner Donald Trump is really excited about his US-Mexico border wall. Building -- as in rebuilding the country's infrastructure -- is frequently mentioned, at least by Trump and the Democratic candidates. Trump often invokes China's Great Wall, and that country's boom in construction of bridges, dams and high speed rail. It turns out that eight out of China's top nine government officials are scientists or engineers. Is there a connection between innovation and the types of politicians we elect?

Guests:
Clifford Pearson, USC School of Architecture

More:
What would a government designed by engineers and not politicians look like?
Why do professional paths to the top vary so much?
Eight out of China's top nine government officials are scientists

Woody Guthrie in LA 9 MIN, 35 SEC

American balladeer Woody Guthrie is most often associated with his home state of Oklahoma and the folk scene of New York's Greenwich Village. But the singer spent several of his early years in Los Angeles, where his political views were formed and his songwriting really took off. A new book explores his time among LA's radical left-wing activists and intellectuals.

Guests:
Darryl Holter, historian
William Deverell, University of Southern California
Avishay Artsy, Producer, DnA: Design and Architecture (@heyavishay)

More:
Woody Guthrie's LA Protest Song
A California Commonist

Woody Guthrie L.A.

Darryl Holter

DTLA's New Arts Complex 5 MIN, 19 SEC

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, a vast new art complex, opened this weekend in a converted old bank and flour mill in downtown LA's Arts District. Is the mega-gallery meant to sell art, or a global brand? 

Guests:
Wendy Gilmartin, architect (@w_gilmartinez)
Paul Schimmel, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel
Mimi Zeiger, architecture critic and curator (@loudpaper)
Marc Frohn, architect (@marcfrohn)
Kevin Roderick, LA Observed (@laobserved)

More:
Hauser Wirth & Schimmel comes to the Arts District
What Do You Put in the Largest Art Gallery in America?
Why does new Hauser Wirth & Schimmel art complex underwhelm?

LA Fashion Week 6 MIN, 37 SEC

LA Fashion Week launches this week. We look at the connections between LA and Berlin fashion, and whether the concept of a fashion week is still relevant.

Guests:
Rose Apodaca, A+R Design (@RoseApodaca)

More:
Here's what's going on in every corner of Los Angeles fashion week

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