Producer, 'Press Play'
Producer, 'Press Play'
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.
New electric scooter delights teens, but city officials worry about safety There’s a fleet of electric scooters taking over Santa Monica. Maybe you’ve seen them on sidewalks or rolling down the street. The company that operates them is called BIRD. It was started by former Uber employees. Users can download the BIRD app to find a Scooter nearby and rent one for $1 plus 15 cents a minute. You can leave the scooter anywhere when you’re done.
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.
After Thomas Fire, mudslides threaten Santa Barbara Heavy rains and mudslides near Santa Barbara have become deadly. Several people have died and more are trapped in their homes. A 30-mile stretch of the 101 freeway from Ventura to Santa Barbara is closed due to mud.
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.
Whose nuclear button is bigger? The battle between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un seems to be escalating, but what’s really at stake in this brinkmanship over nuclear weapons? Can South Korea play a key role in easing tensions.
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 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.
Taking drug makers to court to fight the opioid crisis Life expectancy in the U.S. has dropped for the second year in a row. One reason: opioid addiction. It’s such a big problem that several states, cities, and counties are suing the companies that make the drugs.
Inside 'Molly's Game,' Aaron Sorkin's new film on high stakes poker Molly Bloom built and ran high stakes poker games in LA and New York. The games featured Hollywood stars, hedge fund managers and politicians. She was eventually arrested and indicted. Her story is the focus of the new movie “Molly’s Game.”
Interspecies romance in ‘The Shape of Water’ Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is about a mute woman who falls in love with an amphibious creature, ala the 1954 film “Creature from the Black Lagoon.” We speak with the actor playing the creature, and the film’s cinematographer.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.