FROM Laura Zucker
What's the Future of Art and MOCA? Four years ago, the Museum of Contemporary Art was on the brink of financial disaster. MOCA Trustee Eli Broad ponied up tens of millions of dollars to save it and installed a controversial new director to steward the place into the future. Since gallerist Jeffrey Deitch came to town, critics have opposed his leadership as too driven by flash and commercialism. He's reportedly been at odds from the start with MOCA's Paul Schimmel, who was pushed out three weeks ago from his $235,000 a year job.
Are the Arts the Key to LA's Future? Cutting back on music and arts education has often been justified in favor of reading, writing and math. They're said to be more relevant to future employment. In Southern California, that argument is now less convincing than ever. A new business study shows that the local economy is no longer dominated by aerospace, tourism or international trade, but by the creative industries. Fashion, furniture, architecture and industrial design are part of the picture, too. All this suggests the importance of training public school kids in the creative arts. However another study , also released today, says California schools are failing to meet state standards. We look at this economic shift and hear how LA public schools measure up when it comes to music, dance, theater and the visual arts.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.