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A daily chronicle of creativity in film, TV, music, arts and entertainment produced by Southern California Public Radio. Host John Horn leads the conversation, accompanied by the nation's most plugged-in cultural journalists.
||CleanKal Penn explains 'This Giant Beast,' aka the Global Economy||The actor hosts the latest from Adam McKay, who's known for taking on serious subects, but adding a major dose of humor.||3/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 'Blues' According to Ruben Santiago-Hudson||The actor's one-man show, "Lackawanna Blues," captures the colorful world of the 1950s boardinghouse in upstate New York that was his childhood home.||3/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRevisiting Oscar Wilde's tumultuous life in 'The Judas Kiss'||The David Hare play at Boston Court is set in 1895 — the best and the worst of times for the playwright; Disney's purchase of the Fox studios is final. Now what?; singer Emily King opts for a change of 'Scenery'||3/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoey King's tough acting job in 'The Act'||In the new Hulu series, the actress plays a teenage girl whose mother raised her to believe she was plagued by a range of physical and cognitive ailments.||3/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'The Inventor' doc exposes Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes||In "The Inventor" Alex Gibney turns his camera on one of the biggest scammers in modern history– Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos. Then, the surfer guitarist Dick Dale has died leaving behind a raucous musical legacy.||3/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonnie & Clyde's lawmen get their own movie||“The Highwaymen” tells the true story of the Frank Hamer and Maney Gault who finally took down the 1930’s outlaws Bonnie and Clyde after the FBI were unable to do it.||3/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKal Penn explains 'This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy'||If you've ever been confused about bitcoin, wondered if counterfeiting is really that big of a deal, or been curious about how exactly money laundering works, Kal Penn will help you figure it out in the Amazon series "This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy."||3/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Girl' director defends non-trans casting||In "Girl" director Lukas Dhont tells the true story of trans dancer Nora Monsecour and he defends his choice to cast a cis-male in the lead role; Hollywood Screenwriters argue with their talent agencies saying they're putting their companies' interests ahead of their clients.||3/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrying to tame his future in 'The Mustang'||Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's feature film debut is about a former inmate sent to a rehab program to train wild horses; a new study from the Berklee School examines at women in the music industry; a report from the SxSW Film Festival in Austin.||3/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmy Berg picks up the story of 'The Case Against Adnan Syed'||The filmmaker directs an HBO docu-series about the murder case made famous in the podcast, "Serial"; drummer Antonio Sanchez, who created the percussion score for the film, "Birdman," is performing his album, "Bad Hombre," live for the first time.||3/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJez Butterworth's 'The Ferryman' is a Broadway hit||The playwright's drama, set in Northern Ireland during "The Troubles," is based on a real story; Spotify and other streaming services balk at paying more to songwriters; "Captain Marvel" is female-centric, down to the music.||3/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWondery finds its niche in the podcast world||It's hard to gain traction in the oversaturated podcast market, but Wondery has become know for its deep dives into true crime stories; one-half of Kevin & Bean is calling it quits; comedian Angelina Spicer found humor in her darkest moments.||3/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Apollo 11' depicts historic mission in a new light||A new documentary includes never-before-seen footage and newly discovered audio recordings to dramatize the 1969 moon landing.||3/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Gloria Bell' puts Julianne Moore at the center of the action||"Gloria Bell," starring Julianne Moore, is a remake of the 2013 Chilean film "Gloria." Both are directed by Sebastián Lelio who celebrates a character usually sidelined in traditional movies. And we meet the Portland-based group Y LA BAMBA and we what learn what China can teach the world about music streaming.||3/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBryce Dessner's music can't be pigeonholed||He's a co-founder of the rock band The National, but also a sought-after composer of contemporary classical works; Dan Reed, director of the Michael Jackson documentary, "Leaving Neverland," on how his film came together; celebrating the 100th anniversary of the theremin.||3/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'PEN15' captures middle school in all its glory||Series co-creators Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine talk about capturing the awkward and hilarious middle school experience; Martin Scorsese may be forcing Netflix to change its theatrical screening strategy.||3/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChiwetel Ejiofor: The accidental filmmaker||The actor didn't imagine he would write and direct the adaptation of "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind," but that's what happened; composer, conductor and pianist André Previn has died; Van Nuys High School students collaborate with the L.A. Master Chorale.||2/28/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSong Club is in session||Musicians Inara George and Eleni Mandell host an occasional performance and conversation series with songwriters of all genres composing music around a common theme; is R. Kelly still getting paid?; TV composer Kurt Farquhar was once homeless.||2/27/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBettye LaVette takes on the Bob Dylan songbook||The veteran R&B singer finds the soul in classics such as "It AIn't Me Babe" and "Mama, You Been On My Mind" on her latest album, "Things Have Changed"; Emma Thompson went public with her decision to pull out of a movie produced by the company that recently hired a disgraced former Pixar executive.||2/26/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRecapping The Academy Awards||There were surprises ("Green Book"! Olivia Colman!) and some history was made (Hannah Beachler, Ruth Carter). John Horn recaps the show with film critic Claudia Puig and L.A. Times film reporter Jen Yamato.||2/25/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Frame's preview of The Academy Awards||John Horn and Rebecca Keegan of The Hollywood Reporter co-host the hour-long special, which features interviews with many nominees, including Glenn Close, Rami Malek, Spike Lee and Rachel Weisz.||2/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Eighth Grade' and the vagaries of awards season||Bo Burnham's script won a top award from the Writers Guild, but it wasn't nominated for an Oscar; there's now an algorithm that writes movie scripts; Anthony Wilson's album of songs and photographs.||2/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Ragtime' is back on stage||Twenty years after its premiere, the musical based on E.L. Doctorow's novel gets an elaborate revival at the Pasadena Playhouse; unpacking the Jussie Smollett story; what to expect (and not to expect) at the Academy Awards this weekend.||2/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThrough the eyes of Annie Leibovitz||The prolific photographer talks about the survey that chronicles 50 years of documenting pop culture and politics; Hollywood Reporter TV critic Daniel Fienberg on the state of television.||2/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Lorena Bobbitt Story 25 Years Later||In 1993, Lorena Bobbitt became famous for cutting off her husband's penis, but a new Amazon docu-series reveals the more complicated story; how the Oscar-nominated sound editors of "First Man" conveyed the anxiety of space flight; the Hollywood guilds spread awards love.||2/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Oscar-nominated words and music of 'Beale Street'||Barry Jenkins talks about his adaptation of James Baldwin's novel, and composer Nicholas Britell explains and demonstrates how he created the film's score.||2/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRosanne Cash means business||The singer/songwriter is part of country music royalty, but her politics are out of the Nashville mainstream; the documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, "RBG," is up for an Academy Award.||2/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Birds of Passage' is a sad drug tale from South America||Colombia's official Oscar entry for foreign language film did not make the final cut of nominees, but many critics say it should have; the microscope of the #MeToo era has found pop music's Ryan Adams; the Oscar-nominated sound editors from "A Quiet Place."||2/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWill Rachel Weisz be Oscar's 'Favourite'?||The actress has an Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in the period drama; The Academy of Motion Pictures has stirred up a hornet's nest by pulling four awards from the Oscars telecast; Arturo O’Farrill took his New York-based Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra to the U.S.-Mexico border to record an album.||2/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTwo Oscar-nominated documentaries — one hopeful, one cautionary||"Period. End of Sentence." is about students in North Hollywood helping girls in India stay in school by providing access to sanitary products; "A Night at the Garden" is about a 1939 Nazi Party rally in ... Madison Square Garden!; Judithe Hernandez is the first Chicana to have a solo show at the Museum of Latin American Art.||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWith 'The Wife,' does Glenn Close finally have an Oscar in sight?||After 45 years as a working actress she has seven Academy Award nominations, but no wins. After picking up this year's Screen Actors Guild award, could this be Close's year?; the Grammy Awards made a dramatic improvement in its representation of women artists.||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Frame's preview of The Grammy Awards||Hear from a wide range of nominees including David Byrne (alternative album); Linda Perry (producer of the year); H.E.R. (album of the year, best new artist); Yuja Wang (classical solo performance); Janelle Monáe (album of the year); Mary Gauthier (folk album); Mark Ronson (song of the year); Boz Scaggs (contemporary blues album); and Max Baca of Los Texmaniacs (regional Mexican album)||2/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Capernaum' aims for a Foreign Film Oscar||Nadine Labaki directed Lebanon's entry to the Academy Awards, which tells the heartbreaking story of a 12-year-old boy who just wants a future; Spotify makes a big podcast play by purchasing Gimlet Media; singer/songwriter Bhi Bhiman's new album, "Peace of Mind," is released song-by-song as a podcast.||2/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRevisiting the Ted Bundy story on two fronts||Filmmaker Joe Berlinger talks about his current docu-series and his coming feature film about the serial killer; how is Hollywood lining up behind Democratic presidential candidates?; Kurt Farquhar went from being homeless to becoming a prolific composer for TV shows.||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMindy Kaling and Nisha Ganatra's collaboration on 'Late Night'||Ganatra talks about the film she directed, which was written by Kaling and was a big hit at Sundance; the latest study from USC's Inclusion Initiative has some distressing news about women in the music industry; the search to replace a legendary drummer and professor at a prominent music program.||2/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWillem Dafoe's take on van Gogh nabs an Oscar nod||The actor immersed himself in the painter's life for "At Eternity's Gate"; what is, and isn't coming to your TV in the coming months; actor Bill Pullman on what it takes to play the president.||2/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFor David Crosby, it's déjà vu all over again||The rock/folk music veteran recounts his life and career in the documentary, "David Crosby: Remember My Name"; Domee Shi's "Bao" has an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short.||2/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Sundance 'Work in Progress' that's ready for prime time||Comedian Abby McEnany is at the festival debuting her TV pilot, in which she co-stars with Julia Sweeney; John Horn reports from Sundance on the festival's final weekend; Lynell George reviews the new project by musician Anthony Wilson that combines his songs and photography.||2/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCatherine Hardwicke takes her shot with 'Miss Bala'||The director becomes the rare woman to helm an action thriller; GLAAD puts the spotlight on LGBTQ-inclusive film scripts; the documentary "Of Fathers and Sons" is nominated for an Academy Award.||1/31/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers are making tracks||The singer/songwriters put their talents together for the album, “Better Oblivion Community Center”; an artificial intelligence company has an algorithm that writes movie scripts; cinematographer and Academy Award nominee Matthew Libatique ("A Star Is Born").||1/30/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
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