FROM Martha Mendoza
Shrimp Slavery For seafood lovers with a conscience, the news out of Southeast Asia lately has been alarming. Last week, the Associated Press came out with yet another report on slavery in the region, this one focused on Thailand’s shrimp sheds, which use slave labor to peel the shrimp that wind up on the shelves of global supermarkets and restaurants. Everywhere from Walmart to Costco to Red Lobster. We hear from the journalist who’s been covering the story.
AP Finds Pharmaceuticals in America's Water Supply Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines are part of the water supply serving 41 million Americans. That's the finding of the Associated Press after a five-month study involving hundreds of scientific reports and interviews more than 230 officials, academics and scientists. Martha Mendoza co-authored report.
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?
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.
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."
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.