FROM Christian Bordal
'When They Call You a Terrorist' -- reflections from a Black Lives Matter co-founder 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.
A story of abuse and neglect raises questions about homeschooling The house in the Inland Empire where 13 kids and adults were being imprisoned and abused was licensed as a home school. Almost anyone can operate a home school in California. We look at why these schools are so loosely regulated.
A White House filled with 'gobsmacking dysfunction' What does author Michael Wolff make of the president’s reaction to his book “Fire and Fury?” We talk to him about his time inside the White House, and what Steve Bannon might say to Robert Mueller’s investigators.
Remembering radio legend Joe Frank Radio great Joe Frank has died. He had a long radio career, including decades at KCRW. Frank’s storytelling influenced many young radio journalists, who had never heard anything quite like him before. This includes ‘This American Life’ host, Ira Glass, who shares what it was like to be a young production assistant for Frank.
Rep. Karen Bass on Trump's profane immigration remarks Lawmakers on Thursday talked about protecting immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and African countries. That’s when President Trump reportedly asked why the US accepts people from “shithole countries.” Rep. Karen Bass shares her reaction. She’s going to Africa next week and will have to manage angry reactions from leaders there.
Transportation disruptors: Hyperloop and BIRD Scooter How about going from LA to Vegas in 30 minutes? Reporters got a look at Virgin’s hyperloop at CES in Vegas. And in Santa Monica, there’s an electric scooter that’s delighting kids but worrying city officials.
China: Surveillance state on steroids China is creating a system to monitor every citizen. Using security camera footage, facial recognition technology, and internet usage, authorities are creating “social credit scores” to determine whether someone is a good citizen.
Golden Globes: #MeToo and President Oprah? This year’s Golden Globes show has been praised for its feminist embrace of #MeToo. Hundreds of guests wore black on the red carpet. But what happens now that those black dresses are back in the closet? And Oprah brought down the house with her impassioned speech, generating talk of President Oprah.
Inside the making of 'Stranger Things' Netflix has a certified hit with its ‘80s tinged horror/comedy/sci-fi series “Stranger Things.” The show is up for two Golden Globes this Sunday: Best TV drama and best supporting actor. The executive producer talks about the nominations, and how he had to school his young stars on the 1980s.
National security reporter on Washington's 'marketplace of secrets' Former New York Times reporter James Risen broke the NSA wiretapping story, but his paper refused to publish it for more than a year. Editors believed Bush administration officials who said publishing the piece would damage national security. Risen talks about the behind-the-scenes negotiations between the Times and the White House over national security information.
Health and hygiene on Skid Row The United Nations’ special investigator for extreme poverty and human rights recently toured the US, first stopping in LA and touring Skid Row. We speak with him about what he saw, and what he thinks needs to happen to help the homeless. One thing they need right now is more toilets. We look at what city officials are doing to improve sanitary conditions.
Press Play's favorite visual artists of the year We look back at some of our top interviews with artists this year: Barack Obama’s Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza; LA artists Edgar Arceneaux and Ken Gonzales-Day, and painter Lari Pittman.
Press Play's favorite entertainers of the year We present some of the great entertainers we met on the show this year: Blind magician Richard Turner, “Search Party” actor John Early, comedian Gilbert Gottfried, and musician Annie Clark aka St. Vincent.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?