Producer, 'Press Play'
Producer, 'Press Play'
US-Russia politics: Cold War to 'Hot Peace' Michael McFaul was U.S. Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, during Obama’s presidency. Now out with a new memoir, McFaul talks to us about being the target of disinformation, Putin’s popularity and view of the U.S., and the danger of living in Russia.
Calif. Governor's race: Travis Allen interview Republican State Assemblyman Travis Allen represents parts of Orange County, including Huntington Beach. A new LA Times poll puts him at 5th place in the race to be California’s next governor. We talk housing, the Republican effort to repeal the gas tax, and immigration.
200 professors call for resignation of USC president In a letter published in the LA Times, 200 USC professors say the school’s president Max Nikias has “lost the moral authority to lead.” This comes after a scandal involving a campus gynecologist accused of inappropriate behavior.
How 3 iconic Angelenos shaped the idea of LA In the early 1900s, three Angelenos were instrumental in the huge and sudden growth of the city: engineer William Mulholland, movie director DW Griffith, and charismatic evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. They’re the subject of the new book “The Mirage Factory.”
Multiple fatalities in Texas high school shooting en people were killed Friday at Santa Fe High School in South Eastern Texas, including nine students and one teacher. The alleged shooter is a student named Dimitrios Pagourtzis. Local law enforcement also confirmed the presence of explosive devices both on and off campus.
Calif. Governor's race: Gavin Newsom interview Gavin Newsom has been the Lieutenant Governor of California since 2011. Before that, he was the mayor of San Francisco. He talks to us about expanding early childhood education, tackling the housing crisis, and why he’s committed to passing a single-payer healthcare system.
Calif. Governor's race: Antonio Villaraigosa interview Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa was the mayor of Los Angeles from 2005 to 2013. Since then, he’s been advising big corporations and teaching at USC. Now, he hopes to get back into politics by running to be California’s next governor. He talks to us about his political track record, the high-speed rail project, and how he plans to spur housing growth.
Calif. Governor's race: John Chiang interview Democrat John Chiang has been state treasurer since 2015. Before that, he was the state controller for two terms. He talks to us about reducing the cost of college, tackling homelessness, and why he’s confident he’ll be among the top two candidates with the most votes.
Calif. Governor's race: John Cox interview Businessman John Cox is one of two Republicans running for governor. He backs President Trump and wants to end the sanctuary state law. We discuss housing, crime, the effort to repeal the state gas tax, and more.
Calif. Governor's race: Delaine Eastin interview In the weeks leading up to the June 5 primary, Press Play is speaking with the top candidates running for governor. We start with Delaine Eastin, who served two terms as State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1995 to 2003.
'Soft Power' imagines China as the world superpower David Henry Hwang’s new theater show “Soft Power” takes place in 2016 Los Angeles and 22nd Century China. It talks about the 2016 presidential election, China’s quest for artistic and intellectual influence, and cultural appropriation.
The rich history of gospel in LA “How Sweet the Sound,” a new exhibit at the California African American Museum, charts how LA has been an epicenter of gospel. It takes visitors from the establishment of LA’s first black church by a former slave in 1872, through the Golden Age of Gospel, to today.
Is Scientology TV worth watching? If you have DirecTV, maybe you’ve seen it: Scientology TV is on the air. The programming is not that different from what the organization publishes on YouTube. What does the Church of Scientology want to achieve with its TV channel, and what are their plans for the future?
'Asperger's syndrome' is named after a Nazi The medical term Asperger’s gets thrown around a lot, even though it’s not an official diagnosis anymore. One historian says that should stop -- because Dr. Hans Asperger of Vienna in the 1930s was a Nazi.
SAT: Is all the prep and angst worth it? The director of a new documentary about the SAT and ACT found there is near agreement -- from tutors to college admissions officials -- that the tests do not measure intelligence or knowledge.
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?
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.