Politics of Culture
Jimmy Breslin: The Art of Climbing Tenement Stairs
Jon Kalish, an independent radio producer and freelance newspaper reporter based in New York, first met Breslin when Kalish was a young reporter, and over the years, he's covered Breslin's various headline making exploits. Kalish also learned a thing...
Bob Scheer: The Great American Stickup
When we think about the recession we're going through, the phrases "mortgage crisis," "Wall Street bailout" and "stimulus package" come to mind. But Robert Scheer has an explanatory theory, one with roots in the free-market mantra of the Reagan era...
As we near the ninth anniversary of 9/11, KCRW's Matt Holzman engages in a discussion about the meaning of memorials.
Everything we eat, wear and drive depends in some way on water. But with only one percent of the earth's fresh water available to us, how are we utilizing this finite resource, in the face of drought, climate change, and pollution? Unsustainable...
End of Life Care: Hospice and Palliative Choices
At the end of life, there are still choices to be made, medical issues to address. But what if you haven't shared these concerns with a family member or in writing somewhere? What if you don't know what the dying person wants in terms of quality of...
A Market for Organs?
Living donors can donate a portion of their liver, lung or pancreas but the need for kidneys -- more than100,000 people in the US alone are waiting -- is overwhelming. Why must we rely on a donor system? Are there options that could include creating...
The Art of Jaime Hernandez: Secrets of Life and Death
Before The Simpsons became a cultural touchstone, and before Comic-Con became a mecca for movie-makers, LA was a hotbed of comic art creativity. One of its leading lights, Jaime Hernandez, co-creator with his brothers of the strip Love and Rockets,...
Slake: New Long-Form Journal for a Short Attention-Span World
In an Internet world that encourages short bursts of words and thoughts, why have Joe Donnelly and Laurie Ochoa decided to create Slake, an LA journal devoted to long-form story telling, including fiction, non fiction, essays, memoirs, plus...
Diana Nyad: Swimming the Dream
On July 10, at the age of 60, legendary open-water swimmer Diana Nyad, host of KCRW?s The Score, will attempt to complete her first marathon swim in over three decades, a 24-hour open-water swim 50 miles off the Florida coast. Until she began training...
Remembering Ernest Fleischmann
It wouldn?t be an exaggeration to call the late Ernest Fleischmann a titanic figure in the world of classical music. He put Los Angeles on the cultural map in his long reign as head of the LA Philharmonic and revived the Hollywood Bowl as an LA...
Bravo's 'Work of Art'
Can the next great artist really be discovered on a TV reality show? That's the premise of Bravo's Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. A TV analyst, an artist, an art collector and an art critic who's a judge on the show share their views with host...
Joe Berlinger's 'Crude' vs Chevron
The documentary film Crude, about Amazonian tribes suing Chevron for destroying their environment, has become part of the story it?s covering. Chevron has subpoenaed 600 hours of film outtakes to bolster their claim that the Amazonians are waging a...
Alzheimers: Caring for the Caregivers
There's a public health crisis on horizon that threatens to overwhelm California and the US. As baby boomers age, Alzheimer's disease will afflict 1 in 8 Californians, and it's beginning at ever-younger ages. POC producer Sarah Spitz hosts.
Museums have been evolving over the past half century, and they're no longer places that conserve a static vision of what culture is or should be. This week, the world's leading museum directors are attending the 104th annual conference of the...
The Culture of Wall Street
Two Of America?S Best Financial Writers Join KCRW?S Rob Long For A Conversation About The Culture Of Wall Street. Michael Lewis Authored ?The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine,? And Gregory Zuckerman Wrote ?The Greatest Trade Ever? About John...
The phrase ?Islamic feminist? might sound like an oxymoron, but Isobel Coleman says Muslim women argue that gender inequality is contrary to Islamic law and spirit. She writes that they?re fighting for advancement from within their culture, and she...
Like a phoenix, Fidel Castro continues to rise. Despite predictions of his death from a terminal illness and even after handing over power to his brother, Fidel continues to influence Cuba and Latin America like no other political leader. Ann Louise...
The Changing Culture of War
How do we wage war in the 21st century, when remote drone operators shoot missiles at targets across the globe while suicide bombers blow themselves up in crowds of innocents or behind fortress walls? Can ethics be applied to war, and how will the...
The Los Angeles Lakers: 50 Amazing Years in the City of Angels
Love 'em or hate 'em, the Lakers are a significant part of Los Angeles' history over the past half century. Join LA Observed's Kevin Roderick for a discussion about the new book, The Los Angeles Lakers: 50 Amazing Years in The City of Angels.
The 'Emancipation' of Europe's Jews
When we use the word "emancipation" we think of slavery in America. But for centuries in Europe, Jews lived in ghettos with restricted rights. Jonathan Kirsch talks to author and former NPR London Bureau Chief Michael Goldfarb about his book...
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