President Trump wants American forces to leave Syria soon, but not immediately. As ISIS has been beaten back, we learn what the group was like when they were in power. New York Times foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi talks about how she found thousands of documents detailing how ISIS controlled its vast territory, and how it made its fortune with barley.
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Baxter Street is one of the steepest roads in LA. It was originally designed for goats -- not cars. But a lot of cars have been making their way up and down there. There are crashes, sliding and skidding. People’s backyards and fences get mowed over. Waze is partly to blame. The navigation app has been sending drivers there as a shortcut during rush hour traffic. Residents have had enough, and they held a meeting Wednesday night with the LA Department of Transportation to find solutions.
Baxter Street in LA. Credit: Oleg/Creative Commons.
Skating on Baxter St. video courtesy of Thrasher Magazine
John Sipher ran American operations for the CIA in Russia for many years. We speak with him about how he recruited Russians to work for the Americans, and how this latest expulsion of diplomats is making it difficult to gather intelligence.
During the 1950s - 1970s, artist Millard Sheets was commissioned to beautify a chain of home savings banks and many other buildings across California, Texas, New York and Ohio. History professor Adam Arenson spent six years researching Sheets’ legacy and mapping his work.
Portrait of author Adam Arenson
Example of Millard Sheets' artwork.
Images courtesy of Adam Arenson.
Adam Arenson, Manhattan College; author of “Banking on Beauty: Millard Sheets and Mid-century Commercial Architecture in California.”
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