Independent ProducerJens Erik Gould has done work for TIME Magazine, KTLA 5 in Los Angeles, The New York Times, National Public Radio and Bloomberg. He was based for three years in Caracas, Venezuela, for another three years in Mexico City, and has now been a California correspondent for nearly two years. As a musician, Jens has been a performer and songwriter for 14 years and plays regularly in Los Angeles at venues from the House of Blues to Genghis Cohen. He is also the creator of Bravery Tapes, a multimedia experience that portrays stories of human courage.
FROM Jens Gould
The Growing Passion for Flying Birmingham Roller Pigeons Birmingham roller pigeons were first bred in England in the 1800's. Now the sport has its own world cup. About one third of America's 5000 breeders live in Southern California, including some former gang members. Jens Gould of KCRW's Independent Producer Project has more. (For some beautiful pictures of flying roller pigeons, check the WWLA blog .)
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.