Photo: Firefighters battle to save one of many homes burning in an early-morning Creek Fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, in Sylmar, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. (Gene Blevins/Reuters)
FROM THIS EPISODE
Fires are raging out of control across the region. The Skirball Fire near the Getty Center has destroyed at least four homes on the east side of the 405 freeway, and has burned at least 150 acres. In Ventura, the Thomas Fire has burned at least 65,000 acres, and there’s still no containment. Air quality has forced schools to close, and the Santa Ana winds are expected to become even stronger. We talk with people who’ve evacuated -- one who lost her home and everything in it, and another who doesn’t know what he’ll lose.
Saul Gonzalez, Host, 'There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles' (@SaulKCRW)
Jonathan Bastian, Morning Anchor, Santa Barbara (@jwbastian)
Letha Harrison, Ventura resident
Michael Williams, Mandeville Canyon resident
Many are worried Donald Trump lit a fuse in the Middle East when he declared that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. We get reaction from Israel and the broader Middle East.
Isabel Kershner, New York Times (@IKershner)
Rami Khouri, syndicated columnist, senior fellow at the Belfer Center and professor of public policy at the American University of Beirut (@RamiKhouri)
Today’s blaze in Bel-Air is not the first to ravage that community. The 1961 Bel-Air fire helped cities rewrite the way they handle fires.
Stephen Pyne, Arizona State University
A Malibu cyclist who made a documentary this year is the main reason Russia was banned from the upcoming winter Olympics. We speak with him about his movie, and what he thinks about his role in an international scandal.
More From Press Play with Madeleine Brand
US-Russia politics: Cold War to 'Hot Peace' Michael McFaul was U.S. Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, during Obama’s presidency. Now out with a new memoir, McFaul talks to us about being the target of disinformation, Putin’s popularity and view of the U.S., and the danger of living in Russia.
Calif. Governor's race: Travis Allen interview Republican State Assemblyman Travis Allen represents parts of Orange County, including Huntington Beach. A new LA Times poll puts him at 5th place in the race to be California’s next governor. We talk housing, the Republican effort to repeal the gas tax, and immigration.
200 professors call for resignation of USC president In a letter published in the LA Times, 200 USC professors say the school’s president Max Nikias has “lost the moral authority to lead.” This comes after a scandal involving a campus gynecologist accused of inappropriate behavior.
How 3 iconic Angelenos shaped the idea of LA In the early 1900s, three Angelenos were instrumental in the huge and sudden growth of the city: engineer William Mulholland, movie director DW Griffith, and charismatic evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. They’re the subject of the new book “The Mirage Factory.”
LATEST BLOG POSTS
The most competitive races and measures on the Santa Barbara and Ventura primary ballot It’s primary season! Voter materials have already arrived for those with vote-by-mail ballots, and election day is quickly approaching on Tuesday, June 5. Santa Barbara June primaries Here’s a look at… Read More
Calif. Governor’s race: Antonio Villaraigosa interview You may remember him as the two-term mayor of Los Angeles, but Antonio Villaraigosa has his eyes set on higher office. He’s one of the top Democratic contenders in the race to… Read More
A U.S. immigration judge speaks out about her fears that the rule of law is under assault An arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, America’s system of immigration courts handles the civil cases of undocumented immigrants seeking to remain in the United States. Immigration judges must… Read More