FROM Jon Lovett
'1600 Penn' 1600 Penn is a family comedy set in the White House. It features Josh Gad (Book of Mormon star) who co-created it with our guests, Jason Winer and Jon Lovett. Winer is an old TV hand who's directed episodes of New Girl as well as the pilot and many subsequent episodes of Modern Family. But this is Lovett's first Hollywood gig. He comes to the TV business directly from the White House. He was a speechwriter for President Obama for three years. Before that wrote for Hillary Clinton for three years during her Senate reelection and presidential campaigns. While writing for Obama he had a hand in some of the famed Donald Trump jokes. Lovett and Winer talk about the culture clash between Hollywood and DC and how they found a way to work together.
Emil Ferris: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Emil Ferris' debut graphic novel, is the diary of a ten-year-old girl obsessed with monsters who also believes she herself is a werewolf.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
LA County social workers on trial, and reforms to juvenile justice Four former LA County social workers will go to trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old boy. Also, two California state senators introduced new legislation that would end incarceration for kids under 12 and ban life sentences without parole for those under 18.
Building homes near freeways, 'Rick Owens: Furniture' The White House wants to roll back fuel economy standards. Could that mean more air pollutants coming out of car tailpipes -- just as LA is seeing a surge of home construction along freeways? And a fashion world provocateur, Rick Owens, talks about designing furniture inspired by land art and brutalist architecture, and raising existential questions on the runway.