FROM Mikhail Iossel
'Santa Barbara' soap opera explains how Russians see the U.S. The 1980s daytime soap opera “Santa Barbara” ran for nine years on NBC to little fanfare. But in post-Soviet Russia, it was must-see TV for tens of millions of people. It was a window into Western society, and an escape from post-Cold War life.
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?
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?