Managing producer of Press Play.
Managing producer of Press Play.
Does 'miracle drug' CBD work? CBD is a cannabis extract that doesn’t make you high. You can buy it as a balm, spray, mint, or oil. It’s not cheap -- a CBD lotion or oil can set you back $50-$80. It's marketed as a miracle drug that can cure everything from headaches to depression. But a lot of those claims aren't backed by science, and there’s a lot we don’t know yet about CBD.
'Roseanne' gets a reboot -- with controversy Showrunner Roseanne Barr and character Roseanne Conner are both loud and volatile Trump supporters. Meanwhile, her sitcom sister Jackie opposes Trump. Does the show help bridge -- or deepen -- political divides?
Bernie Sanders' media empire Senator Bernie Sanders has released hundreds of video clips, interviews and Facebook Live events in the last year. Millions of people tune into his talks about single payer health care, the depravity of the Trump team and corporate media.
Pop icon Grace Jones -- on and off the stage A new documentary looks at the life of Grace Jones, who had a strict pentecostal upbringing in Jamaica, but rejected it to become a pop star. The film includes footage from her concerts and intimate scenes with her family.
Mayor Garcetti on homelessness and his political future Eric Garcetti talks about his call to end homelessness and what that looks like. He wants to put emergency shelters in every council district, and disputes criticism that 1500 beds is a drop in the bucket. Also: why won’t he call LA a sanctuary city, and what about running for president in 2020?
How Beverly Hills unleashed the political power of celebrities Despite its small size, the city of Beverly Hills packs a lot of political power. That’s not a surprise, given the big names who live there. But the Beverly Hills we know today may never have existed if it weren’t for a group of stars who fought to keep the city independent.
When it comes to privacy, are Comcast and Verizon worse than Facebook? There’s been a lot of concern about Facebook, with Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Up to 87 million users had their data collected without their permission. But other companies are collecting reams of data on users too, such as Google, Comcast, Verizon.
Backroom deals between animal shelters and dog breeders Dog rescue groups have long denounced commercial breeders for mistreating animals. But one reporter found that some of the same rescue groups who criticize breeders are buying dogs from them at auctions, sometimes for thousands of dollars, and selling them as rescue dogs.
Would you house a homeless person in your backyard? LA officials are giving homeowners an incentive to build a small unit on their property for a homeless person. We talk about how that’s worked in Seattle with a woman who’s done it.
Molly Ringwald has her #MeToo moment with the 80s films that made her a star Molly Ringwald has written an essay in this week’s New Yorker, in which she looks back at her teenage self through her adult eyes. The result is a lot of ambivalence about the John Hughes movies she starred in, including “Sixteen Candles” and “The Breakfast Club.”
Gaming the college admissions game High school seniors are finding out which colleges have accepted -- or rejected -- them. Some say the whole admissions process is set up for the privileged. We get suggestions for change.
Chris O'Dowd on his new film about grief and loss You might remember Chris O’Dowd as the the friendly Irish cop in “Bridesmaids.” But in the new film “Love After Love,” his character is dealing with the death of his father. In his grief, he lashes out at the people he loves most.
Chaos and danger on LA's Baxter Street Baxter St. in Echo Park is steep and scary. Daredevil skateboarders take it on, and some unsuspecting drivers are sent there by Waze. Residents are fed up with the traffic and accidents. They met with the city to try to come up with solutions.
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.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.