L.A.'s new Museum of Architecture and Design opens today in the historic Bradbury Building downtown. The inaugural exhibition displays the work of four L.A. architects who were invited by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to create a hypothetical shrine to Junipero Serra. Host Larry Mantle speaks with the museum's acting curator, Liz Martin, and the museum's Chairman of the Board, Stephen Kanner.
Larry Mantle talks with Dan Stober and Ian Hoffman, the authors of A Convenient Spy: Wen Ho Lee and the Politics of Nuclear Espionage (Simon & Schuster). The new book details the events surrounding the arrest of Wen Ho Lee who was accused of providing nuclear weapons secrets to the Chinese from his computer at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Host Larry Mantle together with critics Jean Oppenheimer of Screen International, Charles Solomon, animation critic at Amazon.com, and Peter Rainer of New York Magazine discuss the week's latest film and video releases. This week's selections include: The Count of Monte Cristo, The Mothman Prophecies, Storytelling, The Son's Room, Metropolis, Escaflowne, May Day-Mayhem, Beijing Bicycle, and the 20th anniversary edition of Tron released on DVD.
The Pentagon will press pause on its training program for Syrian rebel groups fighting so-called Islamic State (IS) forces and the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad. Then, LAUSD needs to find a new superintendent before Ramon Cortines retires by the end of the year. Also, of the 800-plus bills that landed on Gov. Brown’s desk, he vetoed 133 of them.
Is Paul Ryan the right person to be Speaker of the House? Then, Two Greek organizations at UCLA have come under criticism after holding a Kanye West-themed party where some attendees wore blackface. Also, woe to the casual film-goer who might not be familiar with the work of Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman who died this week.
Kevin McCarthy has just dropped out of the House Speaker race. Then, women are “leaning in” to powerful positions in the workplace, but still struggle to devote time to their families. Also, The California Public Utilities Commission has started to hear proposals from several electric companies in California that critics say, if approved, will have a devastating impact on the solar industry and the environment.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is defending his comments that he would try to overwhelm a shooter and "would not just stand there" in a mass shooting attack. Then, Gov. Brown yesterday signed what’s being called the nation’s toughest equal pay law based on gender. Also, we listen to Larry Mantle and guests speak about "microagressions" at UC Irvine, as part of the #AT30 tour.
Reviews of the week's new movies, interviews with filmmakers, and discussion.
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