FROM Sonja Trauss
YIMBY activist Sonja Trauss runs for office Sonja Trauss, YIMBY activist and candidate for San Francisco District 6 Supervisor Last week Governor Jerry Brown signed 15 bills intended to enable the construction of new housing in California. These bills mark a victory for a growing movement called YIMBY or Yes In My Backyard. DnA reached out to one of its leading voices: Sonja Trauss, founder of the SF Bay Area Renters' Federation (also known as SF BARF) which has since joined a bigger organization called the YIMBY Party. In late 2015 she co-founded a nonprofit that enforces state housing law. She is now running for supervisor in District 6 in San Francisco. She talks about the difference between being an activist and a politician, whether her views on housing have changed with impending motherhood and why the "revaluation of black land" is a sign of greater social justice.
YIMBY movement We've all heard of NIMBYs: people who oppose growth because they don't want their neighborhoods to change. Now, there's a counter-movement forming of people who say the only way to solve the housing crisis in expensive cities is to keep building. They call themselves YIMBYs and held their first conference this June. DnA chats with some YIMBYs -- and even meets a MIMBY!
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.
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?
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."