Producer, 'Press Play'
Producer, 'Press Play'
Betye Saar on a life of confronting racism through art LA artist Betye Saar creates art out of objects she finds at flea markets and junk stores. In 1972, she made her name with “The Liberation of Aunt Jemima,” in which she reconfigured a mammy figurine to hold a broom in one hand and a shotgun in the other. Now she has a new exhibition at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in LA.
What it means to reject the Asian American community you grew up in In the play “King of the Yees,” Larry Yee is part of an obsolescent Chinese men’s club, but his daughter Lauren thinks the club is no longer relevant -- and neither is the Chinatown she grew up in. The play looks at their father-daughter relationship, Chinese American culture, and how Asian Americans are represented onstage.
The politics of Repeal-and-Replace The Senate GOP bill to replace Obamacare is dead -- for now. Several senators have come out against the idea to immediately repeal the current health care law. So now what? Will Republicans suffer politically in next year’s midterm elections? What does this mean for their agenda and their party?
Looking for answers to a troubling police shooting in Inglewood It’s been more than a year since Inglewood police shot and killed Trisha Michael and a friend while they were in their car. City officials have released few details, and Trisha Michael’s twin sister is pressing for answers.
The challenges of depicting sexual assault on screen Depicting rape in TV and the movies has become more common. Think: “Game of Thrones,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Room.” Actors and filmmakers are having to figure out how to cope with bringing these brutal scenes to life.
'Chasing Coral' puts spotlight on vanishing coral reefs We speak with the director of the new documentary “Chasing Coral,” who witnessed firsthand how fast the world’s coral reefs are disappearing. If nothing’s done, they will all be gone within our lifetime.
The Russian side of Trump Jr.'s meeting A B-list pop star, his billionaire father, and a bull-dog lawyer have become players in a story that is throwing the White House into crisis. We learn more about the Russian side of the Donald Trump Jr. story.
Marine Corps suspected suicide reveals brutal culture of hazing Marine Corps recruiters want young people of all races and income levels. Twenty-year-old engineering student Raheel Siddiqui ended up at boot camp on Parris Island in South Carolina after being promised financial assistance for college. He died less than two weeks into his basic training.
'California's Gold' cameraman reminisces The public TV show “California’s Gold” explored the best of the state’s history and culture. Host Huell Howser passed away three years ago. Now his longtime cameraman Luis Fuerte has a new memoir out that covers the 12 years they worked together.
What's at stake as Trump meets Putin? President Trump will sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday. Critics are angry that Trump is not expected to bring up Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election. What will the two discuss in their first bilateral talks? The list of possibilities is long: Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Crimea, ISIS.
David Sedaris on finding humor in the details Author David Sedaris talks about what it was like going through his old diaries for his new book. He also explains why he’ll go months without realizing his phone’s been on airplane mode, but he’ll notice many little humorous things in life that other people miss.
Humans on Mars and Rosa Parks' pancakes In a special pre-Independence Day broadcast, we revisit our favorite stories from the past few months. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson shares his vision for Mars travel, Photographer Catherine Opie talks about her work and Los Angeles. We hear about Rosa Parks’ pancakes recipe, and the final album of music legend Glen Campbell.
From Syria to America: Creating a new life in the age of Trump Dalya Zeno and her mother left their home in Syria in 2012, and made a new life for themselves in Glendale. “Dalya’s Other Country” is a documentary that follows Zeno through her high school years, as the Syrian war continues, and as President Trump comes to power.
Community Colleges tackle student homelessness and food insecurity One in five students attending community college in L.A. is homeless. Meanwhile, a leader from Santa Barbara City College launched a tuition-free program last year. Is it enough to help the neediest, and should these colleges start building housing for the homeless?
Inside the ongoing debate over California's aid-in-dying law It’s been a year since California enacted its aid-in-dying legislation. More than 100 people have used it to receive prescription drugs to end their lives. We meet the wife of a terminally ill man with cancer who did that. Meantime, a group is suing to repeal the fledgling law. We hear arguments on both sides of the debate.
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.”
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.