FROM Kathryn Olmsted
The early roots of GOP talking points Donald Trump spent a week at the Republican National Convention repeating his campaign promise to “make America great again.” But it’s not a new message; Republican Herbert Hoover built his 1932 presidential campaign around the same idea. Hoover was campaigning hard against his Democratic rival, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and FDR’s so-called New Deal. Hoover warned that the government had grown too big, that freedom was under attack and that the American way of life was under attack -- all conservative talking points that survive today. In fact, UC Davis historian Kathryn Olmsted’s latest book argues that the fight against the New Deal launched modern conservatism and today’s Republican Party as we know it. The book is called Right Out of California, and Madeleine Brand spoke with Kathryn Olmsted earlier this year. We revisit the conversation today.
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."
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?