Photo: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are welcomed with bouquets of flowers, Saturday, May 20, 2017, on their arrival to King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
FROM THIS EPISODE
It has been a week on the world stage for President Trump, with the NATO meeting and visits in Rome, Israel and Saudi Arabia. We take stock of where he stands as he heads home this weekend. We look at the battles awaiting him and how the White House plans to beef up its defenses.
In March, police picked up Guadalupe Plascencia on an outstanding warrant, then transferred her to the San Bernardino County Sheriff. As she was leaving jail, ICE arrested her. She insisted she was a US citizen. The American Civil Liberties Union has a pending lawsuit against ICE and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department over the case.
LA billionaire Jerry Perenchio died this week. He produced hit movies and TV shows, transformed Univision into a media empire, and gave most of his personal art collection -- worth $500 million -- to LACMA.
Our critics review the fifth franchise of “Pirates of the Caribbean;” “War Machine,” in which Brad Pitt plays General McMahon and Ben Kingsley portrays Hamid Karzai; and “Baywatch,” a film adaptation of the old David Hasselhoff series. We also look at what’s been going on at the Cannes Film Festival.
A bridge collapse in Big Sur has cut off residents since February, and it could take more than a year to fix. On top of that, a massive landslide at Mud Creek this past weekend meant closing down Highway 1 for a 12-mile stretch, and could further complicate repairs.
More From Press Play with Madeleine Brand
The decline of American manufacturing During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump called out a steel manufacturer for closing a plant in Indiana and moving it to Mexico. The plant still closed and jobs were lost. We speak with a reporter who spent a year documenting the closing of the plant, and tells the story of one woman who worked her way up to supervisor and then had to train her Mexican replacement.
Why is it so hard to publish stories critical of powerful men? One of the main reasons the Harvey Weinstein stories didn’t get out sooner was that the Hollywood press couldn’t -- or wouldn’t -- publish them. KCRW’s Kim Masters has a story about another big executive: Amazon’s Roy Price.
Can Kevin de Leon unseat Sen. Dianne Feinstein? California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon announced his challenge to Senator Dianne Feinstein. He is capitalizing on a fury in the state against the president, and painting Feinstein as too accommodating of Trump.
NorCal fires: Melted motorcycles, raining embers The Northern Californian wildfires are some of the worst in the state’s history. They’ve killed more than 30 people and many are still missing. More than 160 acres have been scorched. Winds are spreading the flames, and air quality in the Bay Area is as bad as Beijing’s.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Substandard living in Santa Barbara Property owner Dario Pini houses thousands of low-income tenants throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, but faces over 3,000 health and safety violations and three lawsuits by the city of… Read More
How to prepare for an earthquake Thursday is California’s Great ShakeOut drill. If you haven’t gotten your earthquake kit together and made sure you have a plan, do it today! What should be in your earthquake… Read More