Comcast to buy Dreamworks Animation. Is the Mass Media Company Too Massive? Dreamworks Animation will be sold to Comcast for $3.8 billion . The animation company will join an already-crowded Comcast portfolio that includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, the television networks MSNBC and Bravo, not to mention Hulu, Fandango, the Universal theme parks, and the Philadelphia Flyers hockey franchise. The sale got us asking, ‘when does a mass media company like Comcast become too massive’?
Chipotle-coli According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Norovirus is one of the most common causes of foodborne-illness in the United States. And the Mexican-food chain Chipotle is now facing a federal criminal investigation for an outbreak at a Simi Valley restaurant that sickened more than 100 customers and employees. This is just one of several instances of Chipotle customers getting food poisoning in various states. So what’s going on? Chipotle is supposed to be the healthy fast food.
The K-Cup Takeover You’re probably familiar with K-Cups, those plastic containers that deliver caffeine in whatever flavor you want. Those little pods made Keurig Green Mountain Coffee a brand beloved by consumers, until those consumers turned on the company. Because aren’t all those K-Cups bad for the environment? And is the K-Cup coffee actually good? Private equity to the rescue! A European firm bought the Green Mountain Coffee company this week for nearly $14 billion. We look at the rise, fall and purchase of Keurig.
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."
What did Trump accomplish on his first trip abroad? President Trump is wrapping up his Mideast and European tour. We find out what he has accomplished -- good and bad -- and look at what he faces when he comes home.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
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?