Managing producer of Press Play.
Managing producer of Press Play.
Will iPhone manufacturer's $10 billion investment in U.S. come through? Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that makes iPhones, is planning to build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin. But the company has a habit of not following through with big announcements.
Teju Cole on finding meaning in the invisibile Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole has a new book out called “Blind Spot.” It features hundreds of images -- spanning from Lagos to Berlin to Brooklyn -- with essays on what’s visible and invisible in the photos.
New comic envisions California seceding from the U.S. In the new graphic novel series “Calexit,” an autocratic president is deporting all immigrants. California secedes, but a civil war breaks out within the state, and parts of it are occupied by federal troops. A young Mexican immigrant flees LA and leads a resistance.
Did USC violate medical ethics? An LA Times investigation revealed that the dean of USC’s medical school had been taking illegal drugs and regularly consorting with a prostitute. USC received questions from the LA Times for more than a year before publishing the story. However, the school only began to investigate recently.
Can the president legally pardon himself? The White House is reportedly looking into the president’s pardoning powers when it comes to his aides, family and himself. Also, Sean Spicer resigned today after Trump named hedge fund millionaire Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House Communications Director.
Betye Saar on a life of confronting racism through art LA artist Betye Saar creates art out of objects she finds at flea markets and junk stores. In 1972, she made her name with “The Liberation of Aunt Jemima,” in which she reconfigured a mammy figurine to hold a broom in one hand and a shotgun in the other. Now she has a new exhibition at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in LA.
What it means to reject the Asian American community you grew up in In the play “King of the Yees,” Larry Yee is part of an obsolescent Chinese men’s club, but his daughter Lauren thinks the club is no longer relevant -- and neither is the Chinatown she grew up in. The play looks at their father-daughter relationship, Chinese American culture, and how Asian Americans are represented onstage.
The politics of Repeal-and-Replace The Senate GOP bill to replace Obamacare is dead -- for now. Several senators have come out against the idea to immediately repeal the current health care law. So now what? Will Republicans suffer politically in next year’s midterm elections? What does this mean for their agenda and their party?
Looking for answers to a troubling police shooting in Inglewood It’s been more than a year since Inglewood police shot and killed Trisha Michael and a friend while they were in their car. City officials have released few details, and Trisha Michael’s twin sister is pressing for answers.
The challenges of depicting sexual assault on screen Depicting rape in TV and the movies has become more common. Think: “Game of Thrones,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Room.” Actors and filmmakers are having to figure out how to cope with bringing these brutal scenes to life.
'Chasing Coral' puts spotlight on vanishing coral reefs We speak with the director of the new documentary “Chasing Coral,” who witnessed firsthand how fast the world’s coral reefs are disappearing. If nothing’s done, they will all be gone within our lifetime.
Do scare tactics make people care about climate change? A New York Magazine story envisions a future of broiling and drowned cities if nothing is done on climate change. But some climate scientists say it’s disaster porn and counter-productive.
Marine Corps suspected suicide reveals brutal culture of hazing Marine Corps recruiters want young people of all races and income levels. Twenty-year-old engineering student Raheel Siddiqui ended up at boot camp on Parris Island in South Carolina after being promised financial assistance for college. He died less than two weeks into his basic training.
'California's Gold' cameraman reminisces The public TV show “California’s Gold” explored the best of the state’s history and culture. Host Huell Howser passed away three years ago. Now his longtime cameraman Luis Fuerte has a new memoir out that covers the 12 years they worked together.
What's at stake as Trump meets Putin? President Trump will sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday. Critics are angry that Trump is not expected to bring up Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election. What will the two discuss in their first bilateral talks? The list of possibilities is long: Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Crimea, ISIS.
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?
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
'Dandelion and Quince,' food and crime, 'All About Eggs' Sarah Lohman talks about the murder and historic recipes that form the backbone of her new book, “Ohio 1910,” and Rachel Khong shares highlights from Lucky Peach’s last cookbook, “All About Eggs.” Michelle Mckenzie tells us how to cook oft-forgotten fruits, veggies and herbs, and Jonathan Gold reviews AR Cucina in Culver City. Plus: raspberries at the market and a special guest DJ set from Alton Brown.