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'The Father' Hits Close To Home For Alfred Molina

Sue Cremin and Alfred Molina star in
Sue Cremin and Alfred Molina star in "The Father" at the Pasadena Playhouse.
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On today's show:

The Jumble In His Head

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In the play, “The Father,” Alfred Molina plays a man lost in time and place. Furniture appears to rearrange itself. People looks drastically different from one moment to the next. And time is moving, but not in a straight line. Molina's character has Alzheimer’s disease — an illness very close to his own family. But Molina isn’t entirely alone on his character’s journey. “The Father” (at the Pasadena Playhouse through March 1) is written in a way that brings the audience inside his confusion and vulnerability. He spoke with John Horn at The Frame's studio. 

Vintage Recordings And The End of Vinyl?

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Last year it was revealed that a 2008 fire on the Universal Studios lot destroyed thousands of music recordings. Original masters by Elton John, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland — gone forever. Fortunately, there are record labels devoted to preserving, remastering and releasing old recordings. The Frame contributor Tim Greiving visited one of them to find out how it’s done, and just what is lost when a tape goes up in flames.

But what if you can't make vinyl records for reissues or new recordings at all? L.A. Times pop music writer Randall Roberts talks about his story on the recent fire that destroyed the Banning, CA.-based Apollo Masters: "Owners of a manufacturing plant and a closely held formula for making and mounting a specific mix of lacquer onto aluminum discs, the company supplies a reported 75% of the world’s blank lacquers, the shiny circular plates essential for the production of vinyl records. How did one Southern California company end up monopolizing the global market for blank lacquer discs? What happens now that it’s out of commission?"