FROM Vinson Cunningham
The battle to build Washington DC's African American museum The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in September 2016. We talk about the drama behind getting it built and filled with exhibits, including a pair of dolls used to illustrate children’s attitudes toward race.
National Museum of African American History & Culture opens in DC President George W. Bush signed the National Museum of African American History and Culture Act in 2003, establishing that there would be a national museum dedicated to African American history and culture. However, two years later when the museum’s director, Lonnie Bunch, was hired, there was, as he said, “no collection, no money, no staff, no site” for the museum. Bunch famously launched an Antiques Road Show-style program called Saving African American Treasures. His curators traveled across the country looking for artifacts people had held onto: old photos, clothing, clippings, books. The search resulted in some 40,000 objects, many of them donated. About 3,500 of those, including two dolls donated in memory of psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark, will be on display, when the new National Museum of African American History and Culture finally opens in Washington DC on September 24th.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
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."
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.”