Producer, 'Press Play'
FROM Michell Eloy
Language in the age of BuzzFeed and Twitter With social media, the internet, and emojis everywhere, traditional rules for writing have broken down. One editor suggests language is fluid, and there’s no single correct way to write anymore.
How Charles Manson became a recurring character in LA Charles Manson died Sunday night in a hospital in Kern County. He was, of course, a pathological cult leader who directed gruesome murders. He also helped redefine Los Angeles for the whole country.
Why 'Alias Grace' is relevant in Weinstein era The new Netflix series “Alias Grace,” based on a book by Margaret Atwood, tells the true story of a Victorian-era servant who was convicted of killing her employer and his housekeeper when she was 16. The show is more of a window into the ways women have been oppressed and have had to navigate a male-dominated world.
Could China be the first country to find aliens? China has built the world’s largest radio dish to search for extraterrestrial life. This comes at a time when an earth-sized planet has been discovered about 11 light years away. Will China discover extraterrestrials before the rest of us?
There Goes the Neighborhood LIVE: Solutions In this podcast bonus, four guests discuss solutions to high housing costs and gentrification in Los Angeles. Recorded live at the Central Library on Nov. 15 and moderated by "Press Play" host Madeleine Brand, this event was a companion to the KCRW-WNYC podcast series "There Goes the Neighborhood."
What is the Uranium One deal? The Uranium One deal was a big talking point among Trump supporters during the campaign, and now it’s back in the news. It revolves around the 2010 sale of a Canadian company called Uranium One to a Russian entity. Trump and other conservatives claim it was actually a shady play-to-pay scheme involving then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Does a weak State Dept. mean a crisis for US leadership? The president is on his way back from two weeks in Asia. No deals were inked. One reason for that: A lack of advance work by State Department diplomats. The department has been short staffed, and according to many experts, that’s lead to a crisis for U.S. leadership in the world.
Feminism in the age of Trump All week, we’ve been talking about the year since Donald Trump was elected president. Today we look at the state of feminism and how women are organizing in the age of Trump, Weinstein and the rest.
'War of the Worlds' comes to Downtown LA Orson Welles’ 1938 broadcast “War of the Worlds” was a radio drama about Martians invading earth. Now it’ll be an opera at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Three wartime sirens will even blast the music out to the streets of Downtown LA.
One-year anniversary of the election of President Trump We talk with political observers and experts about President Trump’s first year in office. We’re also taking your calls. Is the president is living up to your expectations? Do last night’s results in Virginia and elsewhere tell us anything about what’s to come?
Disney suspends media blackout on LA Times After a fierce backlash, the Walt Disney Company has ended a ban that barred LA Times film critics from screenings of its films. The reason for the ban: Disney was unhappy about an LA Times investigation into the company’s business deals with the city of Anaheim.
Is there a link between mass shootings and domestic violence? As law enforcement tries to figure out what led to Sunday’s attack at a Baptist church in rural Texas, debate continues over how to prevent mass shootings? In more than half of mass shootings, one of the victims was an intimate partner or relative of the shooter. In the Texas case, the shooter was court-martialed for abusing his wife and child. And he sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, who attended the church.
Inside the minds of sexual assault perpetrators Renowned psychotherapist Esther Perel specializes in sex and couples therapy. She talks about what drives men to commit sexual assault, from rape to groping to exposing themselves in front of women. Is it an individual pathology, or something we -- as a culture -- teach?
Humorist John Hodgman on his new book ‘Vacationland’ You may remember John Hodgman from the Daily Show, and for playing the PC to Justin Long’s Mac in those TV ads. Now he’s written a memoir about what he calls his white privilege.
Sexual harassment at work: Where’s the line? Filmmaker Brett Ratner is the latest man in the news facing sexual harassment allegations. Women also say abuse is rampant in the art world. But some wonder if “Weinsteining” has gone too far and ask if some men who aren’t predators are being lumped in with the group.
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?
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."
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.