FROM Aja Brown
The City of Compton: On the Streets and on Film It's been more than 25 years since NWA released Straight outta Compton , and band members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are now making a film about the city and their rise to fame. But Compton's current Mayor hopes they're engaging in ancient history. There's no question that Compton has changed, and we talk with the new Mayor, Aja Brown, after we hear from KCRW's Avishay Artsy, who went to a casting call for the movie. Aspiring actors dressed as members from the rap group NWA await to enter the Rosecrans Recreational Center to audition for roles in the film, Straight outta Compton, in Gardena, California on March 9, 2014 Photo by Jose Lopez For more photos of the casting call, including dozens of Dr. Dre lookalikes, go to the WWLA blog . KCRW is proud to announce that Avishay Artsy was the winner of a 2015 Edward R. Murrow Regional Best Feature Award for for this segment.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.