FROM Steve Wasserman
Is the LA Times Book Review Biting the Dust? The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review is one of just six stand-alone book sections still published in the United States. The Wall Street Journal says that number will shrink to five in the next few weeks, when the Times merges book reviews with editorials and opinion pieces in a 12-page tabloid. The new section will now come out on Saturday, when circulation is lower, so that would save money. The Times, which declined to participate in this program, says it's still committed to literature and will hold this year's Book Fair at UCLA next month. We hear from a former Times Book Review editor and the woman who helped launch the Book Fair.
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.
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?
'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.