FROM Caroline Chamberlain
How Amazon changed Seattle Amazon’s headquarters in downtown Seattle Photo by Megan Farmer/KUOW Cities are finalizing bids ahead of Thursday's deadline to apply to host Amazon's second headquarters, known as HQ2. City officials are eager to attract 50,000 high-wage jobs, billions of dollars in direct investment and millions more in related economic activity. But Amazon also wants tax breaks. Is HQ2 a prize worth winning? Who better to ask than HQ1, Seattle? DnA speaks to Posey Gruener and Caroline Chamberlain of KUOW, which is producing Prime(d), a podcast launching this week that will explore the ways Amazon has transformed Seattle. They found that becoming the Amazon company town is a mixed blessing: rising house prices, gentrification and a loss of distinctive Seattle culture like grunge and its once close-knit gayborhood; on the other hand much more to do, greater affluence for some and a chance to beta-test Amazon concepts.
What Happens in Vegas: From Buffets to Mind-Bending Mixology Good Food heads to the strip to explore the evolution of Vegas dining, all you can eat buffets, luxury fine dining and the city's most mind-bending cocktail.
Beyond The Broad, Clifton's Returns, Goldberger on Goldberg The Broad is not the only new art museum. Why is there a global boom? Also, critics have extreme reactions to another LA building with a showy skin. Plus, Clifton's reopens, Whole Foods goes budget, and Paul Goldberger explains Frank Gehry.
Spotlight on Frank Gehry and Eli Broad; Opulent Mobility; Berlin Palace The spotlight is on Frank Gehry and Eli Broad this month with the openings of LACMA’s Gehry retrospective and The Broad museum. Plus, a strange preservation story and an exhibition that aims to add flair to “assisted mobility.”
Dismaland, Shelter and Another LA Olympics? DnA explores Banksy’s dystopian theme park and a new exhibit at A+D Museum examines the future of housing in LA. Plus, could an Olympic bid jumpstart ambitious plans for LA and its river?
Does Frank Gehry Have the Answers for the LA River? Frank Gehry is masterplanning the LA River. Why? DnA explores the reaction at the selection as well the political, design and water reclamation stakes with Frank Gehry and others.
Is Berlin’s Cohousing a Model for LA? A German Board Game Pits East and West How can Angelenos break into the housing market -- and live alongside their peers? DnA explores a cohousing model in Berlin called “Baugruppen” and asks whether they could work in L.A. Plus, a Cold War-themed board game pits East Germany vs. West Germany.
Flamboyant Shoes, Dying Trees and LA’s Labyrinths Turf: should it stay or go? Native plant advocate Charles Anderson adds his voice to the debate about landscaping during a drought. Plus, we explore the extreme shoe designs of Chris Francis, and Gideon Brower explores the labyrinths of LA.
DnA Goes to Berlin; Can California's Water Crisis Be a Game? As DnA heads to Berlin, Cameron Silver sings songs of longing for the Weimar era; and we visit the Culver City bunker that will house the Wende Museum. Plus, Caroline Chamberlain "plays" the California Water Crisis.
Corita’s Legacy; Does Ripping Out Lawns Mean Death to Trees? The Petersen Automotive Museum is getting a new facade, and DnA explores Corita Kent’s artistic and spiritual legacy. Plus, should you rip out your lawn after all?
Disneyland at 60 and the Decline of World’s Fairs, Solar Sun Flowers Disneyland’s 60th birthday party attracts crowds while a huge world’s fair in Milan gets no love in the US. Why? Plus, filmmaker James Cameron creates solar Sun Flowers to power -- and educate -- a school.
Simon Doonan on 2016, Dior and I, LACMA Update Simon Doonan says the 2016 presidential candidates should provide more “fash-tainment;” and a documentary pulls back the veil on the House of Dior. Plus, Joseph Giovannini questions the LACMA design by Peter Zumthor.
Testing the Limits: The Panama Canal Expansion and the Mile-High Tower Is the sky the limit for supersized structures? DnA explores the Panama Canal Expansion, mega-ships and the advent of the mile-high building.
Should Parker Center Be Saved?; Remembering Michael Graves Should Parker Center be preserved? We weigh the pros and cons. Plus, a look back at Michael Graves, prolific architect and designer whose late-life paralysis reshaped his work.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."