FROM Mark Binelli
How Betsy DeVos is trying to reshape national education policy and Michigan's charter schools Betsy DeVos is from Michigan, a state that’s become a charter school free-for-all with little oversight. Detroit schools are among the worst in the nation. DeVos has put part of her considerable fortune into the Michigan charter school effort.
Detroit: End of the American Dream or Hope of the Future? Detroit is a shrinking city, with just 700,000 residents in a place designed for two million. Many who still live there want to leave. But instead of trying to restore the Silicon Valley of the Jazz Age to its time of industrial greatness, civic leaders have another idea. The Detroit Future City report is hugely ambitious: showing a greener, healthier and more prosperous city — at Detroit's present size. Can the symbol of post-industrial ruin become a model for re-inventing not only Detroit but other failing cities in the Rust Belt, Florida and California?
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
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?
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.”
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."