Patrisse Khan-Cullors is one of the founders of Black Lives Matter. Photo by Curtis Moore.
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Will the federal government begin shutting down tonight at midnight? If it does, who’ll get the blame? Will they pay a price at the polls in November? The House passed a stopgap bill yesterday to keep the government open until February 16, largely along party lines. Now it’s up to the Senate. where no agreement is apparent at the moment.
The LA Times newsroom overwhelmingly voted to unionize today. They are demanding that their publisher Ross Levinsohn resign after NPR reported incidents of sexual misconduct. We speak with the NPR reporter who broke the story and one of the leaders of the union effort at the Times.
Ross Levinsohn on Press Play last year, coming into the job.
Patrisse Khan-Cullors is one of the founders of
Black Lives Matter. (Photo by Curtis Moore)
Patrisse Khan-Cullors grew up in a poor neighborhood in Van Nuys -- what she describes as ground zero for the war on drugs and war on gangs. She was first arrested at age 12, which set in motion a life of activism. We speak with Khan-Cullors about her new memoir and activism today.
Our critics review “The Final Year,” which follows Obama’s foreign policy team in their last year in office; “12 Strong,” based on real-life events that happened during the Bush administration immediately after 9/11; and “Forever My Girl,” a love story about a country superstar reuniting with his first love.
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US-Russia politics: Cold War to 'Hot Peace' Michael McFaul was U.S. Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, during Obama’s presidency. Now out with a new memoir, McFaul talks to us about being the target of disinformation, Putin’s popularity and view of the U.S., and the danger of living in Russia.
Calif. Governor's race: Travis Allen interview Republican State Assemblyman Travis Allen represents parts of Orange County, including Huntington Beach. A new LA Times poll puts him at 5th place in the race to be California’s next governor. We talk housing, the Republican effort to repeal the gas tax, and immigration.
200 professors call for resignation of USC president In a letter published in the LA Times, 200 USC professors say the school’s president Max Nikias has “lost the moral authority to lead.” This comes after a scandal involving a campus gynecologist accused of inappropriate behavior.
How 3 iconic Angelenos shaped the idea of LA In the early 1900s, three Angelenos were instrumental in the huge and sudden growth of the city: engineer William Mulholland, movie director DW Griffith, and charismatic evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. They’re the subject of the new book “The Mirage Factory.”
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