FROM Stefan Biedermann
Hello to Berlin Los Angeles is officially a sister city with Berlin. Unofficially, it's a city that shares tight bonds with LA; for starters both are highly attractive to designers, artists and musicians. DnA is going to Berlin with KCRW's Madeleine Brand and Jason Bentley. Before heading there we heard about Berlin from LA's vantage point. Decades founder Cameron Silver revisits his album of torch songs celebrating Weimar era Berlin; Justin Jampol toured us around the 1949 Culver City bunker that will be the new home of the Wende Museum, an archive of Cold War era artifacts. And, Germany's Deputy Consul General Stefan Biedermann shares just what makes LA and Berlin natural “sisters.” Also featuring: Pae White, Jennifer Marmon.
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."
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
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.