FROM Nora Caplan-Bricker
Trump's immigration order targets survivors of domestic abuse For more than a decade, the U.S. has offered a path to citizenship for victims of abuse. But President Trump’s executive order on immigration does away with special deportation categories like this one. What will happen to these vulnerable immigrants, many of them women?
Sexual assault in the skies A lot of women are sharing their stories of unwanted sexual attention this election season, including Los Angeles-based writer Ariana Lenarsky. She live-tweeted from a plane last weekend after a man grabbed her inappropriately as she boarded the flight. The man grabbed and rubbed her leg as she passed his seat. After she reported the incident to the flight attendants, Lenarsky learned that the rules governing what happens after a sexual assault on a flight are murky at best .
Instagram Hoax Turned Performance Art One woman’s three-part storyline on her move to Los Angeles was documented on Instagram in minute detail. From boozy brunches to frilly outfits, everything seemed perfect. But then things took a turn for the worse. One photo showed her posing with a gun and unable to kick a bad drug habit. Yet, before long, the woman had redeemed herself through yoga, posting photos in meditative poses, complete with the hashtags #namaste and #healthy. After about five months of this, the woman, Amalia Ulman, revealed she was an artist and the photos were all part of a performance art piece . She claimed to be making a feminist critique on the representation of women in popular culture. Vapid hoax or authentic art? Make the decision for yourself by listening to the piece.
Dispelling Fukushima Fallout Myths Hundreds of tons of radioactive water escaped from the Fukushima Daiichi plant into the Pacific. It created what’s been called the “Fukushima Plume.” And over the last three years, ocean currents have slowly been moving the plume eastward. So how worried should we be? We talk to someone who helps us separate the facts from the internet myths surrounding the plume.
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.
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."