American Apparel just laid off 500 workers. Are the company’s troubles a cautionary tale about local manufacturing or simply a story of bad management? Then, the 1990s are coming back to haunt Hillary Clinton. What’s the legacy of her husband’s 1996 welfare reform act? Next, a profile of Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker, who announced today he’s donating $250 million to cancer research. After that, Madeleine speaks to the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who wrote a show currently running at the Mark Taper Forum. And finally, a cooking debate. What’s better, making food from the head or from the heart?
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Dov Charney, the founder and former CEO of American Apparel, built a brand partly around the fact that his clothes were made here in L.A. It was a great idea. But these days, American Apparel is in trouble. It emerged from bankruptcy in February but its stock is still trading for about a dime. Last week, the company laid off 500 workers. It says it will improve its manufacturing process and maybe even outsource making some of its hipster wear. Is American Apparel a cautionary tale for other companies that want to manufacture products locally and pay the people who make them a living wage? Or a story of bad management?
The ‘90s are coming back to haunt Hillary Clinton. Last week, Black Lives Matter activists interrupted her husband, Bill Clinton, at a Hillary rally. The activists were there to protest the former president’s 1994 crime bill, which contributed to the mass incarceration of minorities. They also confronted him about another law he signed while president: his 1996 welfare reform act. Bill Clinton defended the measure, while Hillary has mostly avoided the subject during this campaign. Twenty years later, however, Bill
Clinton’s overhaul of the welfare system has had a big impact on poor people.
Kathryn J. Edin
Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker announced today that he’ll give $250 million to study cancer treatments. The cash infusion is the largest ever toward cancer immunotherapy. Parker, of Napster and Facebook fame, is known as a partier and an eccentric. For example, he drew headlines with his elaborate “Lord of the Rings”-themed wedding in the California Redwoods. Parker is intent on making his mark. Who is he?
Who tells the stories of our history? As the saying goes, it’s usually the winners. A new play at the Mark Taper Forum, however, subverts that idea. It’s called “Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 and 3.” It’s about a slave named Hero who goes off with his master to fight for the confederacy in the civil war. The play has a high-profile cast. Hero is played by Sterling Brown, who played Christopher Darden in the FX miniseries “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” The master is played by Michael McKean from “Better Call Saul” and “This is Spinal Tap.” It was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks. She joins Madeleine to discuss her latest work.
If the way to our hearts is through our stomachs, what happens when you bring the brain into it? That’s what the cooking show “America’s Test Kitchen” has built its brand on: ultra specific, scientifically-tested methods that favor exact formulas over imprecise, dash-of-this, dash-of-that cooking. “America’s Test Kitchen” will launch a new web venture to further that brand in July. In the meantime, Madeleine hosts a debate on the best way to cook: from the head or from the heart?
J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Author of "The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science" (@TheFoodLab)
Kristen Miglore, Creative Director at Food52, Author of "Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes that Will Change the Way You Cook" (@miglorious)