Managing producer of Press Play.
Managing producer of Press Play.
Can the president legally pardon himself? The White House is reportedly looking into the president’s pardoning powers when it comes to his aides, family and himself. Also, Sean Spicer resigned today after Trump named hedge fund millionaire Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House Communications Director.
Betye Saar on a life of confronting racism through art LA artist Betye Saar creates art out of objects she finds at flea markets and junk stores. In 1972, she made her name with “The Liberation of Aunt Jemima,” in which she reconfigured a mammy figurine to hold a broom in one hand and a shotgun in the other. Now she has a new exhibition at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in LA.
What it means to reject the Asian American community you grew up in In the play “King of the Yees,” Larry Yee is part of an obsolescent Chinese men’s club, but his daughter Lauren thinks the club is no longer relevant -- and neither is the Chinatown she grew up in. The play looks at their father-daughter relationship, Chinese American culture, and how Asian Americans are represented onstage.
The politics of Repeal-and-Replace The Senate GOP bill to replace Obamacare is dead -- for now. Several senators have come out against the idea to immediately repeal the current health care law. So now what? Will Republicans suffer politically in next year’s midterm elections? What does this mean for their agenda and their party?
Looking for answers to a troubling police shooting in Inglewood It’s been more than a year since Inglewood police shot and killed Trisha Michael and a friend while they were in their car. City officials have released few details, and Trisha Michael’s twin sister is pressing for answers.
The challenges of depicting sexual assault on screen Depicting rape in TV and the movies has become more common. Think: “Game of Thrones,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Room.” Actors and filmmakers are having to figure out how to cope with bringing these brutal scenes to life.
'Chasing Coral' puts spotlight on vanishing coral reefs We speak with the director of the new documentary “Chasing Coral,” who witnessed firsthand how fast the world’s coral reefs are disappearing. If nothing’s done, they will all be gone within our lifetime.
Do scare tactics make people care about climate change? A New York Magazine story envisions a future of broiling and drowned cities if nothing is done on climate change. But some climate scientists say it’s disaster porn and counter-productive.
Marine Corps suspected suicide reveals brutal culture of hazing Marine Corps recruiters want young people of all races and income levels. Twenty-year-old engineering student Raheel Siddiqui ended up at boot camp on Parris Island in South Carolina after being promised financial assistance for college. He died less than two weeks into his basic training.
'California's Gold' cameraman reminisces The public TV show “California’s Gold” explored the best of the state’s history and culture. Host Huell Howser passed away three years ago. Now his longtime cameraman Luis Fuerte has a new memoir out that covers the 12 years they worked together.
What's at stake as Trump meets Putin? President Trump will sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday. Critics are angry that Trump is not expected to bring up Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election. What will the two discuss in their first bilateral talks? The list of possibilities is long: Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Crimea, ISIS.
David Sedaris on finding humor in the details Author David Sedaris talks about what it was like going through his old diaries for his new book. He also explains why he’ll go months without realizing his phone’s been on airplane mode, but he’ll notice many little humorous things in life that other people miss.
Humans on Mars and Rosa Parks' pancakes In a special pre-Independence Day broadcast, we revisit our favorite stories from the past few months. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson shares his vision for Mars travel, Photographer Catherine Opie talks about her work and Los Angeles. We hear about Rosa Parks’ pancakes recipe, and the final album of music legend Glen Campbell.
From Syria to America: Creating a new life in the age of Trump Dalya Zeno and her mother left their home in Syria in 2012, and made a new life for themselves in Glendale. “Dalya’s Other Country” is a documentary that follows Zeno through her high school years, as the Syrian war continues, and as President Trump comes to power.
Community Colleges tackle student homelessness and food insecurity One in five students attending community college in L.A. is homeless. Meanwhile, a leader from Santa Barbara City College launched a tuition-free program last year. Is it enough to help the neediest, and should these colleges start building housing for the homeless?
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.
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.
'Dandelion and Quince,' food and crime, 'All About Eggs' Sarah Lohman talks about the murder and historic recipes that form the backbone of her new book, “Ohio 1910,” and Rachel Khong shares highlights from Lucky Peach’s last cookbook, “All About Eggs.” Michelle Mckenzie tells us how to cook oft-forgotten fruits, veggies and herbs, and Jonathan Gold reviews AR Cucina in Culver City. Plus: raspberries at the market and a special guest DJ set from Alton Brown.