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1919, A Momentous Year For The Huntington




International Film Service and Western Newspaper Union, photographs from William Allison Sweeney (1851–1921),
International Film Service and Western Newspaper Union, photographs from William Allison Sweeney (1851–1921), "History of the American Negro in the Great World War: His Splendid Record in the Battle Zones of Europe, 1919." Included in "Nineteen Nineteen" at The Huntington Museum.

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On today's show:

A Museum's Centennial Celebration

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of The Huntington — the library, art museum and botanical gardens in San Marino, CA. As part of the centennial celebration, The Huntington's exhibition, "Nineteen Nineteen," examines the institution by focusing on the tumultuous year of its founding. Comprised entirely of objects drawn from the Huntington's collection that were either acquired, published or exhibited in 1919, the exhibition includes a 37-foot map of a Pacific Electric (Red Car) route in Los Angeles and the original manuscript of "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin." John Horn spoke with Jennifer Watts and James A. Glisson, co-curators of “Nineteen Nineteen,” at The Huntington. (The exhibit is open through January, 2020).

Another Round With The Globes

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The Golden Globe nominations are out today, and while the televised awards ceremony is a glitzy affair that appeals to fans because it brings together stars from both TV and movies, the relationship between the entertainment industry and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which produces the Globes, is much more complicated. Guest host Steven Cuevas talks with John Horn (on assignment in New York), about the odd appeal of the Globes.   

A Hipster-fied Opera In The Center Of A Storm

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In neighborhoods across Los Angeles, battle lines continue to be drawn over gentrification. Artists and other creative types are seeking affordable housing. Landlords and developers want commerce, while longtime residents and community activists pine for preservation.  It’s not a new squabble by any stretch — in fact, one particular version of this story has proven almost timeless. Americans got their first glimpse of “La Bohème,” Puccini’s famous opera, more than 120 years ago at a theater downtown Los Angeles. Now, the Pacific Opera Project is bringing the story of struggling artists back, and it's being performed in an L.A. neighborhood at the center of a fight over gentrification. Marcos Nájera has our story. (The show will be performed Dec. 11, 13-14.)

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