FROM Miguel Angel Corzo
Los Angeles Celebrates Its Mexican-American Heritage Cal-State Northridge Chicano Studies Professor Rudy Acuña calls the Mexican-American influence in Los Angeles a historical "afterthought," despite its importance to the city's founding and subsequent history. As to La Plaza de Cultura y Artes he says, "It's about time." Cal-State Northridge Chicano Studies Professor Rudy Acuña calls the Mexican-American influence in Los Angeles a historical "afterthought," despite its importance to the city's founding and subsequent history. As to La Plaza de Cultura y Artes he says, "It's about time." After years of delay and controversy, the $54 million cultural center will open on Saturday near Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. It will be an exhibit space, an interactive school, a place for live performances and a gathering place. We speak with La Plaza President and CEO Miguel Angel Corzo, and hear from urban planner James Rojas and museum curator Ken Luftig Viste, both of whom spoke with KCRW's Frances Anderton.
19th Century Remains Remind LA of Its History It took 15 years to resolve the conflict over remains of a thousand Native Americans discovered during construction of the massive Playa Vista development on LA's Westside. They were stored in cardboard boxes in a trailer parked on the site, until 2007, when they were removed, covered with white seashells and buried again during a sacred ceremony. Two and a half weeks ago, the remains of a hundred people stopped construction of a Mexican-American cultural center in downtown Los Angeles. The downtown site isn't the only ancient cemetery that's aroused local passions and possible legal action. The City of LA has designated as "extremely historic" land in Santa Monica Canyon surrounding the Marquez Family Cemetery , which holds the remains dating back to the early 1900's.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.