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'Shangri-La' Looks Inside Rick Rubin's Hit Factory

Music producer Rick Rubin is the subject of the Showtime documentary series,
Music producer Rick Rubin is the subject of the Showtime documentary series, "Shangri-La," directed by Academy Award winner Morgan Neville.
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On today's show:

It's All In His Ears

(Starts at 7:45)

Following his Mr. Rogers documentary, "Won't You Be My Neighbor," director Morgan Neville turns the camera on famed record producer, Rick Rubin. "Shangri-La" is a four-part look at how Rubin, now 56, went from DJing for The Beastie Boys to producing hits for artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Adele and Jay-Z. The docu-series also uncovers the history and mythology behind his Malibu recording studio, Shangri-La.

Tainted Donations In the 'Me Too' Era

(Starts at :45)

John Horn talks with Rebecca Sun of The Hollywood Reporter about her story on the dilemma faced by universities and cultural instititutions when they have received donations from alleged sexual predators: "In a climate where once-untouchable power players can now be toppled by their own bad behavior, more charities inevitably will face the ethical and PR dilemmas of what to do when a prominent donor falls from grace."

Say It Loud

(Starts at 18:45)

“Soul of a Nation” is a wide-ranging exhibition at The Broad Museum that features work from over two decades — 1963 to 1983 — by more than 60 Black artists.  The Frame contributor Lynell George says the show is "a bold and vibrant exultation of presence and passion, unifying disparate approaches and perspectives into vivid visual language."