David Kang

University of Southern California

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David Kang is professor of international relations and business at the University of Southern California and director of its Korean Studies Institute.

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President Trump agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after an official invitation from the Supreme Leader.

Local Koreans are cautiously optimistic about Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un

President Trump agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after an official invitation from the Supreme Leader.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The two countries re-opened a direct communication line along the Demilitarized Zone in preparation for possible high-level talks next week.

Could military tensions between North and South Korea be thawing?

The two countries re-opened a direct communication line along the Demilitarized Zone in preparation for possible high-level talks next week.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In North Korea, military parades will mark the 105th anniversary of the birth the country's founder, Kim Il Sung, on April 15.

Tension from Korea reverberate here in LA

In North Korea, military parades will mark the 105th anniversary of the birth the country's founder, Kim Il Sung, on April 15.

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LGBTQ activist and Democratic donor Ed Buck owns an apartment building where 26-year-old Gemmel Moore died two years ago. This year, another man died in Buck’s apartment.

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A college student from the tiny town of Gonzalez is California’s most unlikely philanthropist.

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Rob Zabrecky, the former frontman of new wave punk band Possum Dixon, has written a memoir called "Strange Cures." It's about LA's rock 'n roll scene during the late 1980s and 1990s.

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We get the latest on the Saddleridge fire that’s moving fast in the San Fernando Valley.

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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?

This year, Silver Lake resident Maebe A. Girl became the first drag queen elected to public office in the U.S. We look at how she got there, and how she hopes to take Rep.

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California’s relentless clean-air enforcer, Mary Nichols, has divided the automobile industry. After weeks of secret negotiations, the Chair of the State’s Air Resources Board has announced that Ford, Honda VW and BMW of America won’t go along with President Trump’s rollback of Barack Obama’s fuel-economy standards. Nichols claims it’s an “olive branch,” giving car makers the “flexibility” to clean up the air at the same time they continue to market vehicles that make the most money. Brady Dennis of the Washington Post calls it a “big deal,” even if Toyota, GM and 11 other companies revert to Trump’s new federal standards--at least for the moment. Alan Baum is a consultant for both the industry and environmental organizations. He says the four who made the deal with California have a slight lead on their competitors in developing the technology of the future, with China currently far ahead of them all. He says the western car makers are doing a poor job of educating consumers about the benefits of hybrids and electrics. Nichols’s history with the Air Resources Board goes back to the 1970’s. She was named Chair by Republican Governor Arnold Schwartenegger and reappointed by Democrats Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom. She made an international name for herself for years ago when she blew the whistle on Volkswagen for faking emissions tests on the diesel cars it sold for decades all over the world.

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Neighbors Marybeth Guiney and Charles McIlvain went diving together often, along with McIlvain’s wife. We hear from friends of Guyiney and McIlvain.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand