Not many people knew the name Michael Avenatti before he became the lawyer representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against President Trump. Avenatti is now everywhere -- from frequent TV appearances to outspoken posts on social media. We take a closer look at the Orange County attorney.
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Democrat John Chiang has been California State Treasurer since 2015. Before that, he was the state controller for two terms. He talks to us about reducing the cost of college, tackling homelessness, and why he’s confident he’ll be among the top two candidates with the most votes.
Gubernatorial candidate John Chiang at KCRW. Photo by Amy Ta.
“Vida,” a new dramedy on Starz, brings the gentrification battles in East Los Angeles to the small screen. The show chronicles the journey of two Latina sisters when they return to their old Boyle Heights stomping grounds following their mother’s death. Showrunner Tanya Saracho is the creator and the first Latina showrunner on a premium cable show. She talks about cultural identity and what she learned shooting “Vida.”
Tom Wolfe, famed author of classics like “The Right Stuff” and “The Bonfire of the Vanities” died Monday. He was 88. Wolfe began as a reporter, but it was his work as a magazine writer in the 1960s that solidified his status as a national trendsetter. He was among the first to combine the skills of hard reporting with the emotional impact of novels -- changing non-fiction writing forever.
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