Restoring a Whitewashed Political Mural on Olvera Street

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An 80-foot-long mural by Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros, covered up since the 1930's, is already re-emerging on the side of a building on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. Anglo promoters expected a work called "America Tropical" to show a romantic Mexican village. What they got was a crucified peasant in a protest against American imperialism. We hear about the work, the cover-up and the restoration. Also, compared to Beijing, London doesn’t mind a little chaos at the Olympic Games. We talk with a physical therapist working with athletes from Southern California. On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, personal rage, religious hostility and deadly gunfire.

Banner image: A restorer from the Getty Conservation Institute works on "America Tropical" on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Saul Gonzalez