President Trump says he’ll meet with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un on June 12 in Singapore. The announcement comes after three Korean-American men were released from a North Korean prison. In the past, China has been a big part of the U.S. strategy to pressure North Korea -- to mixed results. We look at the role China will play now.
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Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang’s new show “Soft Power” takes place in 2016 Los Angeles and 22nd Century China. It talks about the 2016 presidential election, China’s quest for artistic and intellectual influence, and cultural appropriation.
Playwright David Henry Hwang. Photo by Gregory Costanzo.
Conrad Ricamora as businessman Xue Xing and
Francis Jue as writer David Henry Hwang in "Soft Power."
Photo by Craig Schwartz.
The ensemble singing about the U.S. election system.
Photo by Craig Schwartz.
Infectious diseases like gonorrhea and hepatitis A are at epidemic levels. Syphilis and chlamydia are at record highs. These diseases are roaring back for several reasons, one has to do with energy conservation.
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s painting of a skull sold for $110 million last year. That sale put Basquiat on the same level as Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. But when Basquiat was a teenager in the late ‘70s, he was just another aspiring artist on the Lower East Side with no money. A new documentary chronicles Basquiat's teenage years.
Sara Driver, filmmaker, “Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years Of Jean-Michel Basquiat”
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Trump signs order banning family separations, so what's next? Today President Trump signed an executive order banning family separations at the border. His “zero tolerance” immigration policy caused the separations in the first place. It’s been an explosive political issue, with even the first lady urging her husband to change course.
What happens to kids separated from their parents at the border? Some 2000 immigrant kids have been separated from their families at the border. Their parents could be deported while they remain here. It’s becoming more difficult to find relatives to take them in because they, too, are afraid of being deported.
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