Managing producer of Press Play.
Managing producer of Press Play.
Veterans against arming teachers Some veterans are coming out against the idea of arming teachers. They say they know from experience what semi-automatic weapons can do. They’ve been writing blog posts and op-eds, and tweeting with #VetsForGunReform. Bob Bateman and Joe Plenzler started the movement. They served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Inside the job of a border patrol agent The hardening of the U.S. border means more migrants taking dangerous paths from Mexico to the U.S., traveling through deserts -- sometimes with little water. We talk with a former border patrol agent about what he saw and why he quit.
LA high school senior fights gun violence After the mass school shooting in Florida, many young people are taking action against guns. We talk about the growing protest movement with an 18-year-old activist in LA. We also look at what other countries have done to prevent shootings, like mandatory training and age restrictions.
Some undocumented immigrants consider self-deportation The Senate voted on four immigration bills this week, but all failed. We get reaction from an El Segundo-based woman who used to be a DACA recipient, but got a green card a few years ago. Her cousins are DACA recipients, and her brother and parents are undocumented. She says her parents are considering self-deporting.
What we know about the mass school shooting in Florida On Wednesday, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz fatally shot 17 people at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. The Anti-Defamation League says he was affiliated with a white supremacist group. We learn about this group, hear what politicians have to say about the incident, and remember those who’ve died at school shootings since Sandy Hook.
California DACA recipient fights for permanent fix This week, the Senate is debating and voting on an immigration bill -- or bills. We talk about what might come out of it. We also get a personal story of one DACA recipient, who quit her job and spent her savings to travel to Washington DC to advocate for a permanent DACA fix.
How common is domestic abuse? White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned last week after his two ex-wives and a former girlfriend accused him of physical and emotional abuse. Domestic violence affects women across the board. We talk with a wealthy, Harvard-educated woman who was married to an abusive man.
The cultural significance of 'Black Panther' The movie opens Friday. It’s the first big budget superhero movie with a black director, predominantly black cast, and a storyline seen through a black lens. Critics say it marks a cultural milestone.
An incredible solo journey across Antarctica In 2015, retired British Army officer Henry Worsley tried to walk from one end of Antarctica to the other -- alone, with no support. He pulled his 325 pound sled of provisions by his waist. Sometimes on skis, sometimes by foot, he made his way across more than 900 miles. He was 55 years old.
From Nigeria to LA, painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby becomes a star Njideka Akunyili Crosby is one of the most sought-after young painters in the art world right now. She won a Macarthur Genius grant. Her paintings sell for millions of dollars to private collectors and museums like LACMA and the Whitney.
How will LA billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong run the LA Times? The richest man in Los Angeles is buying the LA Times for $500 million. Biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong made his fortune by selling a cancer drug, he owns minority stake in the Lakers, and has schmoozed with politicians like Joe Biden and Donald Trump. But ethics watchdogs have pointed out red flags in his financial dealings.
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy blasts Tesla into space SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket today from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. They used a historic launch pad -- the same one that sent Neil Armstrong to the moon. The rocket is carrying Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster.
Oscar-nominated 'Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405' looks at art and anxiety At the center of the Oscar-nominated short -- “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405” -- is Mindy Alper, an artist who suffers from mental illness. She finds beauty and inspiration in unexpected places, like the 405.
LAUSD security gets a closer look after middle school shooting On Thursday, a 12-year-old girl brought a semi-automatic pistol to Sal Castro Middle School. It went off apparently by accident, and wounded four students and one adult. It has parents wondering about the district’s security measures. How was a 12-year-old able to bring a gun on campus? Are the current random searches effective and fair?
LA Phil performs Leonard Bernstein's Vietnam-era 'Mass' Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Mass’ was first performed in 1971 to inaugurate the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. It aimed to celebrate the power of religion to bring peace during war. President Nixon didn’t attend because he was told it was subversive. Now it’s being performed at Disney Hall.
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.
Lucia Micarelli: An Evening with Lucia Micarelli Violinist and actress Lucia Micarelli visits The Treatment to discuss her emotive performances as she prepares for PBS' An Evening with Lucia Micarelli.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?