Why 'Alias Grace' is relevant in Weinstein era The new Netflix series “Alias Grace,” based on a book by Margaret Atwood, tells the true story of a Victorian-era servant who was convicted of killing her employer and his housekeeper when she was 16. The show is more of a window into the ways women have been oppressed and have had to navigate a male-dominated world.
Could China be the first country to find aliens? China has built the world’s largest radio dish to search for extraterrestrial life. This comes at a time when an earth-sized planet has been discovered about 11 light years away. Will China discover extraterrestrials before the rest of us?
There Goes the Neighborhood LIVE: Solutions In this podcast bonus, four guests discuss solutions to high housing costs and gentrification in Los Angeles. Recorded live at the Central Library on Nov. 15 and moderated by "Press Play" host Madeleine Brand, this event was a companion to the KCRW-WNYC podcast series "There Goes the Neighborhood."
What is the Uranium One deal? The Uranium One deal was a big talking point among Trump supporters during the campaign, and now it’s back in the news. It revolves around the 2010 sale of a Canadian company called Uranium One to a Russian entity. Trump and other conservatives claim it was actually a shady play-to-pay scheme involving then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Does a weak State Dept. mean a crisis for US leadership? The president is on his way back from two weeks in Asia. No deals were inked. One reason for that: A lack of advance work by State Department diplomats. The department has been short staffed, and according to many experts, that’s lead to a crisis for U.S. leadership in the world.
'War of the Worlds' comes to Downtown LA Orson Welles’ 1938 broadcast “War of the Worlds” was a radio drama about Martians invading earth. Now it’ll be an opera at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Three wartime sirens will even blast the music out to the streets of Downtown LA.
LAUSD to Ban Chickens Raised with Antibiotics Six of the largest school districts in the country, including Los Angeles, want to ban antibiotic-treated chicken from cafeterias. They’re concerned about the rise of so-called superbugs: bacteria resistant to common antibiotics. The districts have a combined $550 million in food buying power, which they’ll need for a political fight with the poultry industry.
Oldest Living Things The oldest living thing in the world is a six-hundred-thousand-year-old bacterium, discovered in the permafrost of Siberia. From that bacteria to California’s Giant Sequoias to ancient eucalyptus trees in Australia, Rachel Sussman has spent the better part of the last decade seeking out the oldest living things in the world. The results of her adventures are compiled in Sussman’s new photography book, The Oldest Living Things in the World .
Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles Raymond Chandler’s dark vision of Los Angeles was as much a character in his novels as his hard-drinking, wise-cracking private eye Philip Marlowe. But one of L.A.’s most iconic writers was actually a transplant here. Chandler was born in Chicago and raised in Europe. We speak with the author of a new book that examines Chandler’s life and relationship with L.A. through his writings and letters.
You’re Eating it Wrong Dan Pashman’s new book, “ Eat More Better ,” is filled with advice on how to enjoy your food more. He says we’re eating most of our meals incorrectly, from the way we toast bread to grilling hot dogs. He breaks it all down for us and shares his favorite tips.
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