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Bowie died on Sunday, two days after releasing his 25th studio album, “Black Star.” The album came out on his birthday. He had just turned 69. Born David Robert Jones in Brixton, London, in 1947, Bowie became both an outsider performance artist and a mainstream pop star; a voice for the outsider and the ultimate in cool. We hear from two KCRW DJs about his life and work
David Bowie Tribute
On Saturday, Rolling Stone magazine published an interview with the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. The interviewer? Not a seasoned journalist, but Sean Penn, the actor. El Chapo was captured last week after breaking out of prison, but Penn conducted his interview back in October, when the kingpin was still on the run. Apparently El Chapo did the interview at least in part because he wants a movie made about his life. The whole situation is so surreal, it sounds like a movie already. But not everyone is amused. We hear from a critic.
Sean Penn with Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán
Photo: Rolling Stone/Twitter
The Supreme Court heard arguments today in a case that could gut the power of public employee unions. The case is called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. And at issue is whether the teachers union can force non-members to pay fees that cover collective bargaining carried out on behalf of ALL teachers. Lead plaintiff Rebecca Friedrichs says forcing teachers to pay fees is a violation of their First Amendment rights. Labor leaders argue non-union members should not be able to reap the benefits of their bargaining efforts while others foot the bill.
Bernie Madoff, Clark Rockefeller, Frank Abagnale, Charles Ponzi: All con artists able to deceive a lot of people out of a lot of money. We often look at the people who fall for these cons as gullible or weak or stupidly greedy, and at the con artists as cunning and manipulative psychopaths. The reality, however, is more complicated. Madeleine speaks to the author of a new book about what makes cons so seductive.
As is the case most years, the viewers were the real winners at last night’s Golden Globes. The Oscars’ drunk little brother was full of surprise wins, boozy celebs and of course host Ricky Gervais. It was the fourth time Gervais hosted the Globes. So who won, who lost, what surprised us? We hash it out in our regular Monday TV segment.
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Veterans against arming teachers Some veterans are coming out against the idea of arming teachers. They say they know from experience what semi-automatic weapons can do. They’ve been writing blog posts and op-eds, and tweeting with #VetsForGunReform. Bob Bateman and Joe Plenzler started the movement. They served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Inside the job of a border patrol agent The hardening of the U.S. border means more migrants taking dangerous paths from Mexico to the U.S., traveling through deserts -- sometimes with little water. We talk with a former border patrol agent about what he saw and why he quit.
LA high school senior fights gun violence After the mass school shooting in Florida, many young people are taking action against guns. We talk about the growing protest movement with an 18-year-old activist in LA. We also look at what other countries have done to prevent shootings, like mandatory training and age restrictions.
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