Dan Schnur

Dan Schnur

USC Unruh Institute of Politics / Dornsife LA Times Poll

Guest/Host

Dan Schnur is an adjunct professor and former executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, at the University of Southern California, where he is the founding director of the Dornsife/LA Times Poll. A former Republican political strategist and visiting lecturer in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, he also served as chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission and as director of communications for John McCain's 2000 presidential campaign.

Dan Schnur on KCRW

Israel’s recent “national unity” law calls the country “unique” to the Jewish people. But 21 percent of Israelis are Arabs. Do Jewish values conflict with pluralistic democracy?

The Jewish State of Israel: Democracy or Apartheid?

Israel’s recent “national unity” law calls the country “unique” to the Jewish people. But 21 percent of Israelis are Arabs. Do Jewish values conflict with pluralistic democracy?

from To the Point

California Democrats are banking that the anti-Trump movement will thrust their candidates into seats that have not been blue in decades.

The politics of against

California Democrats are banking that the anti-Trump movement will thrust their candidates into seats that have not been blue in decades.

from The Mixer

Donald Trump is in California Tuesday. Even though he considers it enemy territory, he’ll be raising money at a Republican Party fundraiser in Beverly Park.

Who is going to Trump's GOP fundraiser in Los Angeles?

Donald Trump is in California Tuesday. Even though he considers it enemy territory, he’ll be raising money at a Republican Party fundraiser in Beverly Park.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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A bone-chilling documentary about Roy Cohn, Donald Trump’s mentor, reveals the all-American evil that brought us modern-day politics.

from Scheer Intelligence

More adults are living with their parents now than they have in more than a century. It’s a third of all adults under 34. But in Los Angeles, it’s more than 40% .

from Greater LA

66 million years ago, an asteroid caused Earth’s Fifth Extinction, destroying the dinosaurs and most other life forms. Now Earth is facing another extinction, as fish, plants and animals vanish forever. But this time, it’s not the asteroid, it’s us. This week, hundreds of people, both young and old, took to the streets in cities all over the world to begin weeks of protest called the Extinction Rebellion. In the natural course of evolution, the decline and disappearance of a life form takes thousands of years. In the course of a human lifetime, not even one species might disappear. But now, some 28,000 species are vanishing all of a sudden. Elizabeth Kolbert of the New Yorker magazine has written a book called “The Sixth Extinction.” She says, “Extinction rates are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of times higher than what is known as the background extinction rate that has pertained over most of geological history.” In her words, “You should not be able to see all sorts of mammals -- to name just one group -- either going extinct or on the verge of extinction. And that is a tipoff that something very, very unusual, and I would add, very dangerous, is going on.” “We’re running geological history backwards. Fossil fuels that were created over the course of hundreds of millions of years buried a lot of carbon underground. We’re now combusting it, putting that carbon back into the atmosphere over a matter of centuries. So we’re taking a process that hundreds of millions of years to run in one direction and then, in a matter of centuries, running it in another direction.” We’ll hear what that means now and for the future of life as we know it.

from To the Point

Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book, “Talking to Strangers,” is out, while he’s hosting the podcast, “Revisionist History.”

from To the Point

A last minute ceasefire in Syria; Mick Mulvaney confirms, then quickly denies a quid pro quo; and no one likes billionaires at the Democratic debate, not even the billionaire.

from Left, Right & Center

Trump’s sometimes, maybe lawyer Rudy Giuliani clearly needs an attorney himself as the investigations involving the former New York City mayor mount.

from LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers

A 6-year-old golden retriever named Max is the mayor of Idyllwild, which is an unincorporated town and has never had a human mayor.

from Greater LA

Nestled between two Bay Area highways is a capital of hip-hop.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

There’s a lot of tension around immigration and the border, but could something as simple as a taco be a unifier, especially on this National Taco Day?