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Nine years and $1.5 billion later, the Expo Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica finally opened to the public Friday. Now that Angelenos can take rail to the beach, what’s next in the grand plan for LA? Will transit really get more of us out of our cars, more of the time?

And after the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 at sea, the TSA tightened security at major airports. Does the agency really make travelers safer?

Then, how recent updates to California’s K-12 history curriculum reflect the state’s diversity.

Also, director Julie Taymor brings her music-filled stage version of A Midsummer Night's Dream to the screen – for one-night only.

And finally, Nice Guys, Angry Birds, and some bad neighbors are showing at a theater near you this weekend.

 

Photo credit: Saul Gonzalez

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Laura Swisher
Sarah Sweeney

Now that the Expo Line Extension is Open, What’s Next in LA Transit? 8 MIN, 38 SEC

Nine years and $1.5 billion later, the Expo Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica finally opened to the public Friday. For the first time in over 60 years, Angelenos will be able to take the rail line from downtown LA to the beach, and hope springs anew for thousands of commuters subject to decades of gridlock on the 10 freeway. But now that this huge light rail project is complete, what’s next in the grand plan for LA? Will transit really get more of us out of our cars more of the time? Laura Nelson writes about transportation and mobility at the Los Angeles Times and she joins us from downtown Santa Monica at the Expo line unveiling.

Guests:
Laura Nelson, Los Angeles Times (@laura_nelson)

More:
Read Nelson's article on the Expo Line in the Los Angeles Times

Is the TSA Making Travelers Safer? 8 MIN, 9 SEC

LAX increased security following Thursday’s EgyptAir crash over the Mediterranean. That means a greater police presence at the airport, but most security is handled by the Transportation Security Administration. The TSA oversees security measures like luggage screenings, pat-downs and liquid bans, and they have been criticized recently for their performance at many major airports, where travelers have experienced extremely long waits in security lines. Does the TSA need a revamp? And is the agency keeping travelers safe?

Guests:
Jeffrey Price, Leading Edge Strategies (@Av_Security)

More:
Read "The TSA is in a full-blown crisis" from The Business Insider

Updates to CA’s K-12 History Curriculum Reflect the State’s Diversity 6 MIN, 55 SEC

Textbook reviews are routine, but this year, a culture clash of sorts broke out in the process in California. Teachers, education experts, and cultural groups had a lot to say about how world history should be taught in K-12 classes. They sent the state’s Instructional Quality Committee nearly 500 pages of suggestions on such issues as the correct name for India, and whether to cover the topic of ‘comfort women’ and to be more inclusive of Chicano culture. After hours of public testimony Thursday, the committee issued a framework for teaching history aimed at reflecting the diversity of the state.

Guests:
Jennifer Medina, New York Times (@jennymedina)

More:
Read Medina's article "California to Revise How India is Portrayed in Textbooks" in The New York Times

Julie Taymor Stages ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’ for the Screen 13 MIN, 39 SEC

Julie Taymor has directed theater, opera and film. She’s perhaps best known for the stage version of The Lion King, which she created in 1997 and is still going strong on Broadway, but Taymor is also very committed to Shakespeare. She directed the 1997 cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, starring Anthony Hopkins in the title role. She also made a movie version of The Tempest. And now, on the anniversary of the Bard’s death four hundred years ago, Taymor has brought a fantastical, movement and music-filled stage version of A Midsummer Night's Dream to the screen. But rather than sending the film to the cineplex, she’s created a roadshow of sorts. A Midsummer Night's Dream will screen one-night only at The Crest in West Los Angeles on Sunday, May 22nd.

Guests:
Julie Taymor, Director

More:
Purchase tickets to see Taymor's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at the Crest Westwood Theater

Nice Guys, Angry Birds and Bad Neighbors 9 MIN, 54 SEC

This week’s new film releases include The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, the animated film version of the smartphone game Angry Birds, and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. Will those flicks lure people to the cineplex?

Guests:
Witney Seibold, Crave Online (@witneyseibold)

More:
Read Seibold on movies and more at Craveonline.com

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