During President Trump’s State of the Union on Tuesday night, he talked about two teenage girls on Long Island who were murdered by MS-13 gang members in 2016. Their parents were in the House chamber during the speech. Trump mentioned MS-13 four times, saying members have long taken advantage of immigration loopholes to enter the US and threaten safety. However, MS-13 was actually formed in Los Angeles in the 1980s.
FROM THIS EPISODE
Trump pushed for big changes in immigration policy in State of the Union address. He said he wants to work with both parties to protect Americans’ safety, their families and communities, because “Americans are dreamers, too.” The White House immigration plan would allow about 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants to pursue legal status in exchange for more border security, and ending the diversity visa lottery and family-based migration.
The number of bus and train trips taken in LA dropped 15 percent between 2012 and 2017. But last year, LA County voters passed Measure M, a sales tax increase to generate $120 billion for transit projects. So why aren’t more people getting out of their cars, and what can we do about it? A new UCLA study looks into that.
Elizabeth Catte is a historian from east Tennessee.
People in Appalachia voted Donald Trump into office. But the popular conception of that region as a backwards, racist place is wrong, according to one historian from east Tennessee. She explains why the hillbilly narrative persists.
Dora De Larios in her studio courtesy of Star Montana
Artist Dora De Larios created everything from small, functional tableware to giant ceramic sculptures. She incorporated Native American and Japanese influences in her art. She died on Sunday at 84. A retrospective of her work opens in February at the Main Museum downtown.
Dora De Larios' 1990s "Small Blue Animal."
Dora De Larios' 1982 work "Inner Vision."
Photos of Dora De Larios's art courtesy of Main Museum
More From Press Play with Madeleine Brand
California case: free speech v. abortion rights Crisis pregnancy centers are generally run by pro-life groups that aim to convince pregnant women not to get abortions. A California law requires that employees tell their clients that the state offers free and low-cost abortions and other family planning services. Now a group of these centers is arguing that the law violates their freedom of speech.
Does copyright law cover graffiti? Clothing company H&M did a fashion shoot in Brooklyn featuring models standing against a gray wall painted with black waving lines. The graffiti was the work of an LA-based street artist, who wanted compensation. H&M responded by filing a lawsuit against him, then dropped it a few days later.
Taylor Mac takes on U.S. history in 246 songs, two dozen costume changes Taylor Mac will perform his “24-Decade History of Popular Music” starting Thursday in LA. It’s divided into four shows on four separate nights. It’s about this history of oppression and activism in the U.S. -- from 1776 to present day.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Facing uncertainty in the US, a Dreamer moves to Mexico Undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as kids may feel like they are in never-ending limbo. President Trump wants to phase out the deferred action for childhood arrivals… Read More
Will Orange County go from Red to Blue? On a recent evening, about two dozen friends and neighbors gathered at a house party in Irvine. They had come to meet Katie Porter, a Democrat who’s running for Congress… Read More