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FROM Sarah Sweeney
Does copyright law cover graffiti? Clothing company H&M did a fashion shoot in Brooklyn featuring models standing against a gray wall painted with black waving lines. The graffiti was the work of an LA-based street artist, who wanted compensation. H&M responded by filing a lawsuit against him, then dropped it a few days later.
A conversation with LA's first ever design chief Los Angeles is redefining itself as a city. So what should it look like? That’s a question on the mind of Christopher Hawthorne. He has a new job at City Hall as its first ever design chief.
Taylor Mac takes on U.S. history in 246 songs, two dozen costume changes Taylor Mac will perform his “24-Decade History of Popular Music” starting Thursday in LA. It’s divided into four shows on four separate nights. It’s about this history of oppression and activism in the U.S. -- from 1776 to present day.
As White House rolls out gun proposals, where does Betsy DeVos stand? The White House on Sunday rolled out gun policy proposals, including giving teachers “rigorous firearms training,” tightening background checks, and banning bump stocks. But there’s no raising the minimum age to buy a gun, which Trump previously said he supported. We also look at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ stance on gun policy, and what she’s done in her term.
What would historic US-North Korea meeting mean for diplomacy? For decades, North Korea has asked for a summit with an American president. Now President Trump says he’s in. What will come of the meeting, if it actually happens?
Trump is coming to California Governor Jerry Brown called it “war” on Wednesday -- after the Department of Justice sued California over sanctuary laws. Many in California see the state as the epicenter of the Trump resistance. Next week, the president will be here to look at border wall prototypes and attend a fundraiser.
Rent control: Good or bad solution to the housing crisis? Santa Monica has had rent control since 1979, but today it’s one of the most expensive rental markets in the country. While rent control benefits some, is it really the best thing for a region facing ever rising housing costs?
Real life 'Truman Show' in the mind of a former Olympian Those who suffer from a delusion called Truman Syndrome believe they’re constantly being filmed and watched by a TV audience. Kevin Hall has suffered that delusion. He’s a former Olympic sailor who grew up in Southern California.
$2400/mo for a dorm room? San Francisco professionals say sign me up! Facing the high cost of living in San Francisco, professionals earning up to $90,000 a year are renting dorm rooms. The small rooms cost $1400-2400 a month. Kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms are shared. There’s even a waitlist of 8000 people.
Will 'Lady Bird' snatch a surprise win at the Oscars? We preview Sunday’s Academy Awards and get reviews on new movies, including “Red Sparrow,” which stars Jennifer Lawrence as a ballerina-turned-spy.
Oscar-nominated 'Heroin(e)' follows women fighting opioid addiction It’s estimated that one American dies from an opioid overdose every 15 minutes. In the Oscar-nominated short “Heroin(e),” filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon follows three women who are fighting overdoses in Huntington, West Virginia.
Why the Tupac and Biggie murders are still unsolved It’s been more than two decades since Tupac and Biggie were shot and killed just six months apart. Both murders are still officially unsolved. A new TV series looks inside the investigations, and the West Coast v. East Coast rap war.
What’s the value of adventuring and extreme risk? David Roberts has spent several decades climbing mountains. He’s mentored Jon Krakauer, and co-wrote free-climber Alex Honnold’s memoir. In 2015, he was diagnosed with throat cancer. Now he's out with a new book looking at mortality, and people’s relationships to extreme risk.
Veterans against arming teachers Some veterans are coming out against the idea of arming teachers. They say they know from experience what semi-automatic weapons can do. They’ve been writing blog posts and op-eds, and tweeting with #VetsForGunReform. Bob Bateman and Joe Plenzler started the movement. They served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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."
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
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.
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?