- Death of Gambino Crime Boss John Gotti
The boss of one of the nation's largest and most influential organized crime families is dead at the age of 61. Pulitzer Prize-winning Newsday columnist Jimmy Breslin offers a surprising assessment of John Gotti, the legend known as the "Teflon Don." (Originally broadcast on June 11, 2002.)
- Disney Concerned as Pooh Lady Continues Her Fight
An 80 year-old grandmother who calls herself the Pooh Lady is threatening to take the Disney Company to court because she-s not getting her share of the action. Amy Wallace detailed the saga for Los Angeles magazine in -Lawyers, Tiggers & Bears, Oh My!- (Originally broadcast on August 2, 2002.)
- The Jerry Springer Opera
Opera and trash TV draw inspiration from infidelity, misdirected love, rage and untimely death, so why not an opera about a talk show host? Marshall Sella of the New York Times Magazine reviews the revoltingly funny Jerry Springer: the Opera. (Originally broadcast on March 15, 2002.)
- Sidewalk Rage!
Increasing numbers of pedestrians report that growing populations, increased tourism, cell phones and rollerblades have made good manners a thing of the past. Judy Hevrdejs has been writing about -sidewalk rage- for the Chicago Tribune. (Originally broadcast on August 14, 2002.)
- Inside Saddam's Head
What is Saddam Hussein really like? One of the very few people who can claim to know is Mark Bowden, whose -Tales of the Tyrant- in the Atlantic Monthly revealed the personal life of one of the world-s best known but least familiar figures. (Originally broadcast on April 5, 2002.)
- Life in Mining Country
Despite the horror of their ordeal 300 feet underground, several of the rescued Pennsylvania miners say they will return to their work. Kiki Delancey, author of Coal Miner-s Holiday, explains why as she gives us a look at the culture of life underground. (Originally broadcast on July 29, 2002.)
- Charity and Commerce Bind World's Richest and Poorest People
Author George Packer followed the astonished trail of thrift shop throwaways and the complex process that transformed American charity into a six million-dollar enterprise in global commerce. (Originally broadcast on March 28, 2002.)
FROM THIS EPISODE
More From To the Point
Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Curious Coast: One listener wanted to know more about LA’s indigenous communities, here’s why Araceli Argueta is a lifelong resident of the Los Angeles area, but she still doesn’t consider herself an L.A. native. At least, not in the traditional sense of the word.… Read More
LA’s Tongva descendants: ‘We originated here’ KCRW listener Araceli Argueta wanted to know more about the history of Los Angeles’ indigenous people and submitted this question to Curious Coast. “What Native Tribes’ lands are we on?… Read More