Independent ProducerKerstin Zilm is an Independent Producer from Germany. She started working as a reporter in Berlin, East and West Germany shortly after the wall came down. In 2003 she came to Los Angeles as head of the West coast radio studio for Germany’s public broadcasting network ARD. In 2008 Kerstin established her own studio in Los Angeles. In California with its great weather, abundance of interesting characters and fascinating landscapes she found a wonderful place to live and work.
FROM Kerstin Zilm
Pioneering Drought Tolerance at a California Cemetery As you decide where to lay a loved one to rest, do you picture their new surroundings -- the trees, plants, grass. And do you expect that scene to stay the same, forever? Odds are it won't. Last month Governor Jerry Brown issued California's first mandatory water restrictions, and the new rules apply to cemeteries, which have a long tradition of lush, well-watered lawns. In drought-stricken Southern California, this transition is coming with challenges as we hear from Kerstin Zilm. This piece was made in collaboration with KCRW's Independent Producer Project .
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
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.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.