Madeleine Brand examines the latest ideas and trends that are shaping our world and shaping Los Angeles. Madeleine talks with news makers, big thinkers, and everyday people as we map out our modern world. Monday through Friday, noon-1pm.
Today President Trump signed an executive order banning family separations at the border. His “zero tolerance” immigration policy caused the separations in the first place. It’s been an explosive political issue, with even the first lady urging her husband to change course.
Some 2000 immigrant kids have been separated from their families at the border. Their parents could be deported while they remain here. It’s becoming more difficult to find relatives to take them in because they, too, are afraid of being deported.
President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy has led to more than 1300 kids being separated from their families at the border. Many of those kids end up in government shelters. A Walmart in Brownsville, Texas has been converted into a shelter called Casa Padre. We learn what life is like inside. We also speak with a man who quit his job at an Arizona shelter after being forced to tell kids they can’t hug.
A federal judge Tuesday approved the merger between AT&T and Time Warner. This rebuffs President Trump’s efforts to block the $85 billion deal. This new AT&T-Time Warner company would own CNN, the library of HBO, and wireless and satellite TV services across the country.
The LA Sparks are considered one of the top teams in the WNBA. Nneka Ogwumike is a power forward on the team. She says the pay is so low that many women play abroad in the off-season. She herself plays in Russia in the winter.
President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy at the border means everyone who crosses illegally and is caught will be prosecuted. That’s expected to swell lock-ups and courtrooms. The policy is new for the border in California, but it’s been happening for years in New Mexico. One judge there has handed down 15,000 sentences since 2003. He admits that he presides over a system that destroys families.
The new book “Human Errors” looks at flaws in our bodies, why we have them, and what’s possibly in store for our future. We look at why humans have more colds than most other animals, how we can’t produce essential vitamins and minerals like other animals, why men have nipples, and more.
Democrat Gavin Newsom and Republican John Cox won the most votes in Tuesday’s primary election. They will face off in November to be California’s next governor. In the Senate race, Dianne Feinstein cruised to victory, while Democratic challenger Kevin De León barely clinched second. We look at those races and other highlights from the primary.
It’s primary day in California. Fifty years ago, primary day changed U.S. history. Robert F. Kennedy won the California primary for president. He was on his way to clinching the Democratic nomination. But that night, he was shot and killed at the Ambassador Hotel in LA. We talk with a biographer, and find out why RFK’s son believes there was a second gunman.
Homelessness in LA County dropped 3 percent from last year. Sounds like good news for Mayor Eric Garcetti, who wants to end homelessness by year 2028. But there are still 53,000 people in the county without permanent housing, and more people are falling into homelessness for the first time. The Skid Row bathrooms that Garcetti unveiled last December have closed.
President Trump revived tariffs today on steel and aluminum imports from Mexico, Canada and the European Union. Two days ago, Trump said he’ll move ahead with tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods. China is expected to retaliate by slapping tariffs on American fruit and nuts, which are major crops for California.
In Saudi Arabia, women aren’t allowed to make major decisions alone. They can’t sign contracts or book travel. They must be covered in public. So imagine trying to direct movies. Haifaa Al-Mansour’s “Wadjda” was Saudi Arabia’s first submission for an Oscar. Her latest film is “Mary Shelley,” a biopic of the “Frankenstein” author.
In 1971, Richard Nixon launched the War on Drugs, and the Controlled Substances Act outlawed the use of LSD and psilocybin, or magic mushrooms. Before then, psychiatrists used those drugs to treat patients for depression, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and more. Author Michael Pollan has taken stock of the latest developments, and even taken a few trips himself.
Abortions are illegal in Ireland, even in cases of rape or incest. The 8th Amendment has been part of the Irish Constitution since 1983, recognizing the right to life of an unborn fetus. But today, residents will cast votes to decide whether or not to repeal the 8th Amendment. The referendum has energized women and young people on both sides.
Michael McFaul was U.S. Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, during Obama’s presidency. Now out with a new memoir, McFaul talks to us about being the target of disinformation, Putin’s popularity and view of the U.S., and the danger of living in Russia.
Republican State Assemblyman Travis Allen represents parts of Orange County, including Huntington Beach. A new LA Times poll puts him at 5th place in the race to be California’s next governor. We talk housing, the Republican effort to repeal the gas tax, and immigration.