Photo: People protest against President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, on Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, U.S. May 12, 2017. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)
FROM THIS EPISODE
California could be key to switching the House from red to blue in next year’s midterm elections. Activists this weekend will talk strategy and pick a new leader. There are two main candidates in the running. Eric Bauman is a party insider, gay activist, and union organizer from LA. Kimberly Ellis is an outsider from the Bay Area, supported by the Bernie Sanders wing of the party. She would be the first person of color to lead California’s Democratic party.
Aleppo was once Syria's largest city. But since the war, buildings have become hollowed out shells. There’s rubble everywhere, food is scarce and electricity spotty. There’s the constant threat of bombs falling from Syrian or Russian aircraft. A small group of civilian volunteers called the White Helmets were on the ground to help people buried under the rubble. The documentary “Last Men in Aleppo” follows a few of them.
Our critics review “Alien: Covenant,” the latest alien franchise from director Ridley Scott, in which a crew is sent to colonize another planet; “Wakefield,” starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner; and the Danish film “The Commune.”
Seth Meyers talks about how he mines comedy out of the daily news, and why telling Donald Trump jokes never gets old.
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Why is it so hard to publish stories critical of powerful men? One of the main reasons the Harvey Weinstein stories didn’t get out sooner was that the Hollywood press couldn’t -- or wouldn’t -- publish them. KCRW’s Kim Masters has a story about another big executive: Amazon’s Roy Price.
Can Kevin de Leon unseat Sen. Dianne Feinstein? California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon announced his challenge to Senator Dianne Feinstein. He is capitalizing on a fury in the state against the president, and painting Feinstein as too accommodating of Trump.
NorCal fires: Melted motorcycles, raining embers The Northern Californian wildfires are some of the worst in the state’s history. They’ve killed more than 30 people and many are still missing. More than 160 acres have been scorched. Winds are spreading the flames, and air quality in the Bay Area is as bad as Beijing’s.
Depeche Mode's Martin Gore on 'Spirit,' and getting more political Depeche Mode’s songs have addressed corporate greed, inequality, and intolerance for nearly four decades. Their new album may be the most political yet. They’re performing at the Hollywood Bowl. We speak with singer-songwriter Martin Gore.
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