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Bowie died on Sunday, two days after releasing his 25th studio album, “Black Star.” The album came out on his birthday. He had just turned 69. Born David Robert Jones in Brixton, London, in 1947, Bowie became both an outsider performance artist and a mainstream pop star; a voice for the outsider and the ultimate in cool. We hear from two KCRW DJs about his life and work
David Bowie Tribute
On Saturday, Rolling Stone magazine published an interview with the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. The interviewer? Not a seasoned journalist, but Sean Penn, the actor. El Chapo was captured last week after breaking out of prison, but Penn conducted his interview back in October, when the kingpin was still on the run. Apparently El Chapo did the interview at least in part because he wants a movie made about his life. The whole situation is so surreal, it sounds like a movie already. But not everyone is amused. We hear from a critic.
Sean Penn with Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán
Photo: Rolling Stone/Twitter
The Supreme Court heard arguments today in a case that could gut the power of public employee unions. The case is called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. And at issue is whether the teachers union can force non-members to pay fees that cover collective bargaining carried out on behalf of ALL teachers. Lead plaintiff Rebecca Friedrichs says forcing teachers to pay fees is a violation of their First Amendment rights. Labor leaders argue non-union members should not be able to reap the benefits of their bargaining efforts while others foot the bill.
Bernie Madoff, Clark Rockefeller, Frank Abagnale, Charles Ponzi: All con artists able to deceive a lot of people out of a lot of money. We often look at the people who fall for these cons as gullible or weak or stupidly greedy, and at the con artists as cunning and manipulative psychopaths. The reality, however, is more complicated. Madeleine speaks to the author of a new book about what makes cons so seductive.
As is the case most years, the viewers were the real winners at last night’s Golden Globes. The Oscars’ drunk little brother was full of surprise wins, boozy celebs and of course host Ricky Gervais. It was the fourth time Gervais hosted the Globes. So who won, who lost, what surprised us? We hash it out in our regular Monday TV segment.
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How bees play a crucial role in our food chain Much of the food we eat -- fruit, vegetables, nuts -- are all pollinated by bees. But bees are dying, and their hives are disappearing. Bees now have to be sent around the country to pollinate crops. We learn more about the nature of bees, and what’s at stake if their numbers continue to plummet.
Are short-term rentals taking over LA? When you think of short-term rentals like Airbnb, you might picture someone renting out a back house or a spare room. However, some LA property owners are turning entire apartment buildings into de facto hotels. That’s an issue for a city struggling with a housing shortage.
The fracturing of the far-right, one year after Charlottesville On Sunday, white nationalists plan to march on Washington -- one year after the rally in Charlottesville. We talk with a reporter who’s been tracking neo-Nazi groups behind that action, and investigating why law enforcement failed to intervene in the violence.
Crazy Rich Asians director: Win or lose, I'm supposed to do this movie Director Jon M. Chu talks about why “Crazy Rich Asians” is so personal for him and the actors. And why he wants people to look back 10 years from now and not even remember that Crazy Rich Asians was a thing. It’s the first major Hollywood studio film with an all-Asian cast in 25 years -- based on Kevin Kwan’s international best-selling novel.
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