Politics of Culture
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...
Good without God
What is a humanist? Do we need religion to give us moral guidance? These are questions addressed in Greg Epstein?s new book, Good Without God. Jonathan Kirsch discusses these concepts and more with him.
Sport: Annenberg Space for Photography
Images by two of the world's pre-eminent sports photographers are on exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City. KCRW's Diana Nyad speaks with Neil Leifer, who discusses his iconic images, sports photography as art, and how to...
Shakespeare's Globe: Love's Labour's Lost
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London was the dream of an American actor. Now we can share the dream, as they bring their celebrated production of the comedy romp Love's Labour's Lost to the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Prepare yourself for a lively...
The Wende Museum's Berlin Wall Project
Twenty years ago, the Berlin Wall was torn down. Now, original segments of the wall are on display in front of 5900 Wilshire, across the street from LACMA. While it stood, the wall served as a public art canvas for graffiti and protests. While in Los...
Central Avenue and Beyond
The 20th century's Harlem Renaissance has come to define the first great explosion of African American culture in the US. But Los Angeles had a hub of its own where black culture also flourished: Central Avenue. KCRW's Michael Barnes hosts this...
R Crumb's 'Illustrated Book of Genesis'
From Keep on Truckin? to Fritz the Cat, R. Crumb was pushing the boundaries of comics long before the graphic novels became so popular. Now he?s taken on the Bible.
The Fight over Frida
A treasure trove of Frida Kahlo papers, recipes, letters and diary entries have been discovered in Mexico, but are they real?
The Cartoons That Shook the World?without the Cartoons
Yale University is publishing a book about the controversial cartoons that appeared in a Danish newspaper depicting the prophet Mohammed, which resulted in worldwide Islamic protests, riots and deaths. But the book itself will omit any and all images...
UCLA Live Season Begins Anew
In what's become an annual tradition, the always fascinating David Sefton gives us the skinny on the upcoming season of international theater and other performing arts events, taking place at UCLA this year.
LA's Checkered Past
The lure and lore of LA's checkered past help define the city that exists today. John Buntin, author of LA Noir and Richard Rayner, author of A Bright and Guilty Place, talk with LA Observed's Kevin Roderick about why they both chose to view LA...
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