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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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?