FROM Jesse Walker
Conspiracy Theories In the Wake of Tragedies Conspiracy theories have been bouncing around in the wake of the shootings in Orlando: There was more than one shooter. There’s video of the attack and the FBI won’t release it. President Obama was in on it. Or the most unkind and absurd, that the massacre was faked. Similar claims were made after the mass shootings at Sandy Hook in 2012 and Isla Vista two years later . Where do these conspiracy theories come from, and why do people buy into them after mass shootings?
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.
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?
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.