Photo: California Governor Jerry Brown speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 27, 2016. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)
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President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. Meanwhile, California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
Shareholders of ExxonMobil, the world’s largest oil and gas producer, voted to break with management on the issue of climate change. They want the company to share more information on the potential impact of global warming and the policies designed to keep it in check.
More than 7000 volunteers canvassed the streets of LA County in January to see how many people were homeless, living in tents, cars, campers or in emergency shelters or transitional housing. They found that homelessness has risen 23 percent in LA County over the last year.
Press Play goes to LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art to check out a 35-year retrospective of Kerry James Marshall’s work. Marshall’s paintings depict everyday black life, landscapes and historical events. Some of the pieces take up entire walls. One is a scene in a barbershop, where men have braids piled up on their heads like royalty, and the barber has a halo. Another shows a beauty parlor filled with stunning black women.
"Kerry James Marshall: Mastry" is on display at MOCA in downtown LA.
(Image courtesy of MOCA)
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will face off Thursday as the NBA finals begin. The Stanley Cup finals began Monday between Pittsburgh and Nashville. And after last night’s Dodgers game, they’re now first in the division. Is it too soon for fans to get their hopes up?
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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."
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