FROM Christian Bordal
What can LA learn from Cape Town's water crisis? A ban on car washing, two minute showers, flushing a toilet only when absolutely necessary -- those are extreme water conservation measures people in Cape Town have to follow. The South African city is on track to run out of water in about 90 days.
'When They Call You a Terrorist' -- reflections from a Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors grew up in a poor neighborhood in Van Nuys -- what she describes as ground zero for the war on drugs and war on gangs. She was first arrested at age 12, which set in motion a life of activism. We speak with Khan-Cullors about her new memoir and activism today.
A story of abuse and neglect raises questions about homeschooling The house in the Inland Empire where 13 kids and adults were being imprisoned and abused was licensed as a home school. Almost anyone can operate a home school in California. We look at why these schools are so loosely regulated.
Remembering radio legend Joe Frank Radio great Joe Frank has died. He had a long radio career, including decades at KCRW. Frank’s storytelling influenced many young radio journalists, who had never heard anything quite like him before. This includes ‘This American Life’ host, Ira Glass, who shares what it was like to be a young production assistant for Frank.
Rep. Karen Bass on Trump's profane immigration remarks Lawmakers on Thursday talked about protecting immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and African countries. That’s when President Trump reportedly asked why the US accepts people from “shithole countries.” Rep. Karen Bass shares her reaction. She’s going to Africa next week and will have to manage angry reactions from leaders there.
Transportation disruptors: Hyperloop and BIRD Scooter How about going from LA to Vegas in 30 minutes? Reporters got a look at Virgin’s hyperloop at CES in Vegas. And in Santa Monica, there’s an electric scooter that’s delighting kids but worrying city officials.
China: Surveillance state on steroids China is creating a system to monitor every citizen. Using security camera footage, facial recognition technology, and internet usage, authorities are creating “social credit scores” to determine whether someone is a good citizen.
After Thomas Fire, mudslides threaten Santa Barbara Heavy rains and mudslides near Santa Barbara have become deadly. Several people have died and more are trapped in their homes. A 30-mile stretch of the 101 freeway from Ventura to Santa Barbara is closed due to mud.
Golden Globes: #MeToo and President Oprah? This year’s Golden Globes show has been praised for its feminist embrace of #MeToo. Hundreds of guests wore black on the red carpet. But what happens now that those black dresses are back in the closet? And Oprah brought down the house with her impassioned speech, generating talk of President Oprah.
Inside the making of 'Stranger Things' Netflix has a certified hit with its ‘80s tinged horror/comedy/sci-fi series “Stranger Things.” The show is up for two Golden Globes this Sunday: Best TV drama and best supporting actor. The executive producer talks about the nominations, and how he had to school his young stars on the 1980s.
National security reporter on Washington's 'marketplace of secrets' Former New York Times reporter James Risen broke the NSA wiretapping story, but his paper refused to publish it for more than a year. Editors believed Bush administration officials who said publishing the piece would damage national security. Risen talks about the behind-the-scenes negotiations between the Times and the White House over national security information.
Whose nuclear button is bigger? The battle between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un seems to be escalating, but what’s really at stake in this brinkmanship over nuclear weapons? Can South Korea play a key role in easing tensions.
Health and hygiene on Skid Row The United Nations’ special investigator for extreme poverty and human rights recently toured the US, first stopping in LA and touring Skid Row. We speak with him about what he saw, and what he thinks needs to happen to help the homeless. One thing they need right now is more toilets. We look at what city officials are doing to improve sanitary conditions.
Press Play's favorite visual artists of the year We look back at some of our top interviews with artists this year: Barack Obama’s Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza; LA artists Edgar Arceneaux and Ken Gonzales-Day, and painter Lari Pittman.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.