FROM Whitney Quesenbery
Ballot Design Can you understand your ballot? Tuesday, June 7 is primary election day in California. Besides voting for presidential candidate, there’s also a ballot measure as well as races for Congress, judiciary and a US Senate seat that has 34 candidates competing to succeed U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. There are so many candidates that in some counties, the names are spread across two pages -- and user experience researchers say that is a problem. Can better design improve voter participation?
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?
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?
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyonce take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.