FROM Janis Hirsch
'Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead' Looks at National Lampoon Saturday Night Live begins its 41st season this weekend, but there may have never have been an SNL if not for the National Lampoon. The outrageous satire magazine was founded by two Harvard students in 1969 and expanded into live shows, a radio show, records and finally, movies. Many of the people we know from SNL cut their teeth at the Lampoon. And even though it’s been gone for two decades, echoes of the magazine and its spin-offs still reverberate through the American comedy scene.
What's at stake for US-international relations after intel leak to Russia? News broke Monday that President Trump divulged classified information to Russian officials. Israel was reportedly the source of this information. We assess the fallout.
'American Gods' showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green The novel American Gods features countless mythological characters gearing up to fight an epic battle. The writer-producers of the new adaptation on Starz were determined to do justice to the book -- even if that meant constantly moving production and pushing the budget. Showrunners Michael Green and Bryan Fuller tell us why they're not worried about critics who say the show is confusing, and go into the thinking behind an especially memorable, explicit sex scene.
How President Trump is changing immigration A federal appeals court heard arguments on President Trump’s travel ban Monday. There’s currently an injunction preventing that ban from going into effect, but the administration is finding ways to work around it. A bipartisan group of senators wants to know why. Also, arrests of undocumented immigrants are up 30 percent since President Trump took office, but not in LA.
Who will lead California's Democratic Party? It’s been a hectic week in politics. There’s been talk of impeachment, Watergate, and Mike Pence’s political action committee. Also, the California Democratic Party is having its convention in Sacramento this weekend, where they’ll talk strategy and pick a new leader.