FROM Felicia Filer
Confederate statues and the politics of public art A statue of Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, the former capitol of the Confederacy. Mayor Levar M. Stoney has said he believes the Confederate statues should be removed. A rush to remove Confederate statues in dozens of cities has opened a debate. Should they be torn down in the name of today's social values, or maintained as teachable moments, with some kind of instructional material that explains their place in history? And what's the takeaway from this debate for public art today? We talk with Felicia Filer about how a struggle with roots in the South is playing out in the Southland, and why public art matters.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
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."
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”