KCRW's Politics of Culture
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Sometimes a panel discussion about current controversies in the cultural world, other times an in-depth interview with an author or leading figures in media, the arts, entertainment or politics, The Politics of Culture examines the intersection where the world of politics and culture meet and sometimes collide.
||Jimmy Breslin: The Art of Climbing Tenement Stairs||Jon Kalish, an independent radio producer and freelance newspaper reporter based in New York, first met Breslin when Kalish was a young reporter, and over the years, he's covered Breslin's various headline making exploits. Kalish also learned a thing or||8/22/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bob Scheer: The Great American Stickup||When we think about the recession we're going through, the phrases "mortgage crisis," "Wall Street bailout" and "stimulus package" come to mind. But Robert Scheer has an explanatory theory, one with roots in the free-market mantra of the Reagan era and t||9/14/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Memorializing 9-11||As we near the ninth anniversary of 9/11, KCRW's Matt Holzman engages in a discussion about the meaning of memorials.||9/7/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Water||Everything we eat, wear and drive depends in some way on water. But with only one percent of the earth's fresh water available to us, how are we utilizing this finite resource, in the face of drought, climate change, and pollution? Unsustainable practice||8/31/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||End of Life Care: Hospice and Palliative Choices||At the end of life, there are still choices to be made, medical issues to address. But what if you haven't shared these concerns with a family member or in writing somewhere? What if you don't know what the dying person wants in terms of quality of life||8/24/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Market for Organs?||Living donors can donate a portion of their liver, lung or pancreas but the need for kidneys -- more than100,000 people in the US alone are waiting -- is overwhelming. Why must we rely on a donor system? Are there options that could include creating an o||8/10/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Art of Jaime Hernandez: Secrets of Life and Death||Before The Simpsons became a cultural touchstone, and before Comic-Con became a mecca for movie-makers, LA was a hotbed of comic art creativity. One of its leading lights, Jaime Hernandez, co-creator with his brothers of the strip Love and Rockets, joins||8/3/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Slake: New Long-Form Journal for a Short Attention-Span World||In an Internet world that encourages short bursts of words and thoughts, why have Joe Donnelly and Laurie Ochoa decided to create Slake, an LA journal devoted to long-form story telling, including fiction, non fiction, essays, memoirs, plus photography a||7/27/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dark Night of the Soul||The long-awaited album, Dark Night of the Soul by Danger Mouse and the late Mark Linkous, aka Sparklehorse, is released to the public on July 13. KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley joins Danger Mouse and one of the many album collaborators, director David||7/13/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Diana Nyad: Swimming the Dream||On July 10, at the age of 60, legendary open-water swimmer Diana Nyad, host of KCRW?s The Score, will attempt to complete her first marathon swim in over three decades, a 24-hour open-water swim 50 miles off the Florida coast. Until she began training in||7/6/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Remembering Ernest Fleischmann||It wouldn?t be an exaggeration to call the late Ernest Fleischmann a titanic figure in the world of classical music. He put Los Angeles on the cultural map in his long reign as head of the LA Philharmonic and revived the Hollywood Bowl as an LA tradition||6/29/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bravo's 'Work of Art'||Can the next great artist really be discovered on a TV reality show? That's the premise of Bravo's Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. A TV analyst, an artist, an art collector and an art critic who's a judge on the show share their views with host Sarah||6/22/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Joe Berlinger's 'Crude' vs Chevron||The documentary film Crude, about Amazonian tribes suing Chevron for destroying their environment, has become part of the story it?s covering. Chevron has subpoenaed 600 hours of film outtakes to bolster their claim that the Amazonians are waging a fraud||6/8/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alzheimers: Caring for the Caregivers||There's a public health crisis on horizon that threatens to overwhelm California and the US. As baby boomers age, Alzheimer's disease will afflict 1 in 8 Californians, and it's beginning at ever-younger ages. POC producer Sarah Spitz hosts.||6/1/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Museums Today||Museums have been evolving over the past half century, and they're no longer places that conserve a static vision of what culture is or should be. This week, the world's leading museum directors are attending the 104th annual conference of the American A||5/25/10||Free||View In iTunes|
Very tingly and refreshing to hear calm, honest, and truthful conversation on a few important topics. This will fight the bad taste left in your mouth from all the mainstream media fearmongering and consumer making.