FROM Daniel A. Gross
‘Weeding’ Triggers ‘Librarygate’ at Berkeley Public Library For gardeners, weeding can be a sometimes-unpleasant, but necessary task, and it’s the same for librarians. When they take books out of circulation, it’s referred to as ‘ weeding ’. They’ll remove books from the shelves that people have lost interest in and replace them with newer books. But last summer, Berkeley residents decided that the ‘weeding’ had gone too far at their beloved Berkeley Public Library, prompting them to protest against head librarian Jeff Scott, who was forced to resign. The incident became known as ‘Librarygate’.
How Orange County Got Its Name… and Lost Its Oranges One hundred years ago, orange groves were described as "a second gold rush" in California, and they helped add to local prosperity and population growth. But looking at Orange County today, you'd hardly know how it got its name. Independent producer Daniel A. Gross has a report. Nick Spain stands beside the Old Sexlinger Orchard, the last intact citrus plot in Orange County. Photo: Daniel A. Gross Daniel's report comes to us from KCRW's Independent Producer Project . For more pictures of Southern California orchards then and now, go to the Which Way, LA blog .
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?
What did Trump accomplish on his first trip abroad? President Trump is wrapping up his Mideast and European tour. We find out what he has accomplished -- good and bad -- and look at what he faces when he comes home.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
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.