Matt Furie speaks out about Pepe the Frog becoming a hate symbol The Anti Defamation League has officially designated Pepe the Frog as a hate symbol. Pepe is the stoned cartoon frog that’s been showing up in racist imagery from the alt-right, but he started as a symbol of just chilling out. Los Angeles based cartoonist Matt Furie debuted Pepe in a web comic in 2005. Furie spoke with Press Play about how his cartoon has been hijacked.
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.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.