FROM August Brown
Oakland 'Ghost Ship' fire: what happened and what's next The Oakland warehouse fire claimed at least three dozen lives this weekend. The building was used as a studio and living space for artists, as well as a venue for underground concerts and parties. The fire broke out Friday night during a concert.
Indio Welcomes World's Highest Grossing Music Festival It's sweaty. It's dusty. It's dirty. And it's awesome. It's the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – known to most as just "Coachella" – which stages its 14th annual takeover of the small town of Indio this weekend. This year's headliners include Blur, the Stone Roses, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse and Nick Cave, among others. Eighty thousand festival-goers can now rest assured that it's not going anywhere anytime soon. The City of Indio has signed a deal with event promoter Goldenvoice to keep annual festival of music and optional hygiene in Coachella through 2030. We talk with a councilman in Indio and hear from a rock critic about why this event is important both here in California and to music aficionados around the world.
The Surprising Story behind a Surprise Grammy Nomination This year's Grammys include a category for Electronic Dance Music. Nominee Al Walser is a man almost nobody in the established dance culture has ever heard of. His Grammy-nominated dance recording is I Can't Live Without You . Walser, who calls himself "The Mouse that Roared," says he had to refresh the Grammy website three times before he believed the nomination. August Brown, music writer for the Los Angeles Times , hunted him down at Cut the Bull Entertainment, which shares space with the Honorary Consulate of the Principality of Liechtenstein — in Hollywood.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.