Photo: FBI director James Comey at a press conference, New York, 2016 (Rich Girard).
FROM THIS EPISODE
The fallout from the James Comey firing continues to dominate the news. The White House today contradicted the narrative it presented yesterday, saying the President would have fired Comey regardless of the recommendation from his deputy attorney general.
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said former director James Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI. What does this mean for the FBI’s investigation into the Russian meddling in the election? What does it mean for the relationship between the agency and the White House?
The play “Archduke” follows three men with tuberculosis and nothing left to lose. Poor and lost, these aimless youths end up involved in the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the start of World War I. You can see it now at the Mark Taper Forum. We speak with playwright Rajiv Joseph, whose previous work, “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
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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.
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