Managing producer of Press Play.
Managing producer of Press Play.
How 3 iconic Angelenos shaped the idea of LA In the early 1900s, three Angelenos were instrumental in the huge and sudden growth of the city: engineer William Mulholland, movie director DW Griffith, and charismatic evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. They’re the subject of the new book “The Mirage Factory.”
Multiple fatalities in Texas high school shooting en people were killed Friday at Santa Fe High School in South Eastern Texas, including nine students and one teacher. The alleged shooter is a student named Dimitrios Pagourtzis. Local law enforcement also confirmed the presence of explosive devices both on and off campus.
Calif. Governor's race: Gavin Newsom interview Gavin Newsom has been the Lieutenant Governor of California since 2011. Before that, he was the mayor of San Francisco. He talks to us about expanding early childhood education, tackling the housing crisis, and why he’s committed to passing a single-payer healthcare system.
Calif. Governor's race: Antonio Villaraigosa interview Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa was the mayor of Los Angeles from 2005 to 2013. Since then, he’s been advising big corporations and teaching at USC. Now, he hopes to get back into politics by running to be California’s next governor. He talks to us about his political track record, the high-speed rail project, and how he plans to spur housing growth.
Calif. Governor's race: John Chiang interview Democrat John Chiang has been state treasurer since 2015. Before that, he was the state controller for two terms. He talks to us about reducing the cost of college, tackling homelessness, and why he’s confident he’ll be among the top two candidates with the most votes.
Calif. Governor's race: John Cox interview Businessman John Cox is one of two Republicans running for governor. He backs President Trump and wants to end the sanctuary state law. We discuss housing, crime, the effort to repeal the state gas tax, and more.
Calif. Governor's race: Delaine Eastin interview In the weeks leading up to the June 5 primary, Press Play is speaking with the top candidates running for governor. We start with Delaine Eastin, who served two terms as State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1995 to 2003.
'Soft Power' imagines China as the world superpower David Henry Hwang’s new theater show “Soft Power” takes place in 2016 Los Angeles and 22nd Century China. It talks about the 2016 presidential election, China’s quest for artistic and intellectual influence, and cultural appropriation.
The rich history of gospel in LA “How Sweet the Sound,” a new exhibit at the California African American Museum, charts how LA has been an epicenter of gospel. It takes visitors from the establishment of LA’s first black church by a former slave in 1872, through the Golden Age of Gospel, to today.
Is Scientology TV worth watching? If you have DirecTV, maybe you’ve seen it: Scientology TV is on the air. The programming is not that different from what the organization publishes on YouTube. What does the Church of Scientology want to achieve with its TV channel, and what are their plans for the future?
'Asperger's syndrome' is named after a Nazi The medical term Asperger’s gets thrown around a lot, even though it’s not an official diagnosis anymore. One historian says that should stop -- because Dr. Hans Asperger of Vienna in the 1930s was a Nazi.
Austin Beutner on running LAUSD We talk to new superintendent Austin Beutner about being an unconventional choice to run Los Angeles Unified School District, his vision, possible plans for charter schools, and the district’s financial troubles.
Facebook gets into the dating business Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook’s new service will simply be called “dating,” and won’t require downloading or signing up. There are questions about users’ privacy and the timing of this announcement, and whether the world really needs another dating app.
California's highest court takes aim at gig economy More than 12 million Americans work in the gig economy, including Uber drivers and freelance writers. California’s highest court on Monday issued a unanimous decision that says if those workers are at the core of a business, they must have standard worker protections, such as minimum wage. The ruling could significantly alter the way these companies operate.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
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.”
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.