FROM Cathy Tauber
Angel Funders Save Vidiots Last week, we reported that Vidiots—the 30-year-old video-rental shop in Santa Monica—would be closed down. Film critic Joe Morgenstern said it was like “a death in the family.” Doctor Leonard Lipman, a longtime customer, promised some help—but Megan Ellison brought it home. She’s the head of Annapurna, the production company behind Zero Dark Thirty, Her, American Hustle and other distinctly contemporary movies.
Vidiots, Beloved Video Store, Is Closing Vidiots — a video rental shop in Santa Monica — survived competition from Blockbuster and Hollywood Video by offering literally thousands of movies they didn't have. We hear why a beloved institution nay be closing after 30 years in business.
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?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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?