FROM Aja Brown
The City of Compton: On the Streets and on Film It's been more than 25 years since NWA released Straight outta Compton , and band members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are now making a film about the city and their rise to fame. But Compton's current Mayor hopes they're engaging in ancient history. There's no question that Compton has changed, and we talk with the new Mayor, Aja Brown, after we hear from KCRW's Avishay Artsy, who went to a casting call for the movie. Aspiring actors dressed as members from the rap group NWA await to enter the Rosecrans Recreational Center to audition for roles in the film, Straight outta Compton, in Gardena, California on March 9, 2014 Photo by Jose Lopez For more photos of the casting call, including dozens of Dr. Dre lookalikes, go to the WWLA blog . KCRW is proud to announce that Avishay Artsy was the winner of a 2015 Edward R. Murrow Regional Best Feature Award for for this segment.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.