FROM Suzan-Lori Parks
Father Comes Home From the Wars Who tells the stories of our history? As the saying goes, it’s usually the winners. A new play at the Mark Taper Forum, however, subverts that idea. It’s called “Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 and 3.” It’s about a slave named Hero who goes off with his master to fight for the confederacy in the civil war. The play has a high-profile cast. Hero is played by Sterling Brown, who played Christopher Darden in the FX miniseries “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” The master is played by Michael McKean from “Better Call Saul” and “This is Spinal Tap.” It was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks. She joins Madeleine to discuss her latest work.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
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."
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.