FROM Laura Zucker
What's the Future of Art and MOCA? Four years ago, the Museum of Contemporary Art was on the brink of financial disaster. MOCA Trustee Eli Broad ponied up tens of millions of dollars to save it and installed a controversial new director to steward the place into the future. Since gallerist Jeffrey Deitch came to town, critics have opposed his leadership as too driven by flash and commercialism. He's reportedly been at odds from the start with MOCA's Paul Schimmel, who was pushed out three weeks ago from his $235,000 a year job.
Are the Arts the Key to LA's Future? Cutting back on music and arts education has often been justified in favor of reading, writing and math. They're said to be more relevant to future employment. In Southern California, that argument is now less convincing than ever. A new business study shows that the local economy is no longer dominated by aerospace, tourism or international trade, but by the creative industries. Fashion, furniture, architecture and industrial design are part of the picture, too. All this suggests the importance of training public school kids in the creative arts. However another study , also released today, says California schools are failing to meet state standards. We look at this economic shift and hear how LA public schools measure up when it comes to music, dance, theater and the visual arts.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.