FROM Luann Pannell
Police academy gets a makeover Where might you find the safest café in all of LA? How about the one at the Los Angeles Policy Academy in Elysian Park? The public cafe and restaurant at the LAPD's training school is part of an ongoing remodel of an old LA institution that has been freshened up for a new age in policing. DnA producer Avishay Artsy took a tour last month and learned about a building handmade by officers and haunted by a ghost, as well as an education that teaches police how to shoot as well as when not to shoot.
Autism and Policing Picture a teenager wandering the street, behaving erratically. Police try to stop and talk with him, he reacts angrily and maybe runs. The police chase and catch him but it’s a struggle. What the police don’t know is that the kid has autism. Run-ins between police and autistic people are increasing, but the training for police in recognizing the signs of autism is minimal or even non-existent in many places. Now that’s starting to change.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
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.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.