Betye Saar on a life of confronting racism through art LA artist Betye Saar creates art out of objects she finds at flea markets and junk stores. In 1972, she made her name with “The Liberation of Aunt Jemima,” in which she reconfigured a mammy figurine to hold a broom in one hand and a shotgun in the other. Now she has a new exhibition at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in LA.
What it means to reject the Asian American community you grew up in In the play “King of the Yees,” Larry Yee is part of an obsolescent Chinese men’s club, but his daughter Lauren thinks the club is no longer relevant -- and neither is the Chinatown she grew up in. The play looks at their father-daughter relationship, Chinese American culture, and how Asian Americans are represented onstage.
The politics of Repeal-and-Replace The Senate GOP bill to replace Obamacare is dead -- for now. Several senators have come out against the idea to immediately repeal the current health care law. So now what? Will Republicans suffer politically in next year’s midterm elections? What does this mean for their agenda and their party?
Looking for answers to a troubling police shooting in Inglewood It’s been more than a year since Inglewood police shot and killed Trisha Michael and a friend while they were in their car. City officials have released few details, and Trisha Michael’s twin sister is pressing for answers.
The challenges of depicting sexual assault on screen Depicting rape in TV and the movies has become more common. Think: “Game of Thrones,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Room.” Actors and filmmakers are having to figure out how to cope with bringing these brutal scenes to life.
Marine Corps suspected suicide reveals brutal culture of hazing Marine Corps recruiters want young people of all races and income levels. Twenty-year-old engineering student Raheel Siddiqui ended up at boot camp on Parris Island in South Carolina after being promised financial assistance for college. He died less than two weeks into his basic training.
'California's Gold' cameraman reminisces The public TV show “California’s Gold” explored the best of the state’s history and culture. Host Huell Howser passed away three years ago. Now his longtime cameraman Luis Fuerte has a new memoir out that covers the 12 years they worked together.
What's at stake as Trump meets Putin? President Trump will sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday. Critics are angry that Trump is not expected to bring up Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election. What will the two discuss in their first bilateral talks? The list of possibilities is long: Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Crimea, ISIS.
David Sedaris on finding humor in the details Author David Sedaris talks about what it was like going through his old diaries for his new book. He also explains why he’ll go months without realizing his phone’s been on airplane mode, but he’ll notice many little humorous things in life that other people miss.
Humans on Mars and Rosa Parks' pancakes In a special pre-Independence Day broadcast, we revisit our favorite stories from the past few months. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson shares his vision for Mars travel, Photographer Catherine Opie talks about her work and Los Angeles. We hear about Rosa Parks’ pancakes recipe, and the final album of music legend Glen Campbell.
From Syria to America: Creating a new life in the age of Trump Dalya Zeno and her mother left their home in Syria in 2012, and made a new life for themselves in Glendale. “Dalya’s Other Country” is a documentary that follows Zeno through her high school years, as the Syrian war continues, and as President Trump comes to power.
Community Colleges tackle student homelessness and food insecurity One in five students attending community college in L.A. is homeless. Meanwhile, a leader from Santa Barbara City College launched a tuition-free program last year. Is it enough to help the neediest, and should these colleges start building housing for the homeless?
Inside the ongoing debate over California's aid-in-dying law It’s been a year since California enacted its aid-in-dying legislation. More than 100 people have used it to receive prescription drugs to end their lives. We meet the wife of a terminally ill man with cancer who did that. Meantime, a group is suing to repeal the fledgling law. We hear arguments on both sides of the debate.
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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