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 did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.