FROM Matt Holzman
Remembering 'An American Family' Last week, the patriarch of the Loud family of Santa Barbara died. He was 97. Don’t know the name? Well, back in 1973, Bill Loud was famous. His family was the focus of a 12-part documentary series on PBS, called “An American Family.” For some reason, the series has faded from our collective memory.
KCRW Selects: The Document KCRW’s Bob Carlson and Matt Holzman introduce you to the show Matt hosts and produces – The Document – which mines great stories from the raw footage of documentaries present, past and in-progress.
Dark Money The toxic pit that’s the country’s largest Superfund site is a painful reminder of the corruption of Montana’s Copper Kings...and a warning of what corporate spending can still do to democracy today.
New footage puts iconic film 'Grey Gardens' in new light “Grey Gardens” is the famous documentary about mother-daughter duo “Big Edie” Beale and “Little Edie” in their crumbling mansion on Long Island. Now there’s a new film called “That Summer,” featuring never-before-seen footage of the Beales.
'The Rachel Divide' draws criticism before anyone's seen it Rachel Dolezal was leading the NAACP chapter in Spokane, and teaching Africana studies when a reporter confronted her about her race in 2015. She has two white parents, but claims to be black. Now there’s a new documentary about her called “The Rachel Divide.” You can see it on Netflix starting Friday. Still photo from "The Rachel Divide." Credit: Netflix.
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.
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."