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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.

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'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.
Mar 18, 2019
Bonnie & 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.
Mar 15, 2019
Kal 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."
Mar 14, 2019
'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.
Mar 13, 2019
Trying 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.
Mar 12, 2019
Amy 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.
Mar 11, 2019
Jez 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.
Mar 08, 2019
Wondery 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.
Mar 07, 2019
'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.
Mar 06, 2019
'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.
Mar 05, 2019
Bryce 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.
Mar 04, 2019
'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.
Mar 01, 2019
Chiwetel 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.
Feb 28, 2019
Song 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.
Feb 27, 2019
Bettye 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.
Feb 26, 2019
Recapping 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.
Feb 25, 2019
The 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.
Feb 23, 2019
'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.
Feb 22, 2019
'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.
Feb 21, 2019
Through 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.
Feb 20, 2019
The 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.
Feb 19, 2019
The 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. 
Feb 18, 2019
Rosanne 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.
Feb 15, 2019
'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."
Feb 14, 2019
Will 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.
Feb 13, 2019
Two 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.
Feb 12, 2019
With '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.
Feb 11, 2019
The 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)
Feb 08, 2019
'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.
Feb 08, 2019
Revisiting 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.
Feb 07, 2019
Mindy 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.
Feb 06, 2019
Willem 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.
Feb 05, 2019
For 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.
Feb 04, 2019
A 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.
Feb 01, 2019
Catherine 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.
Jan 31, 2019
Conor 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").
Jan 30, 2019
The Frame @ Sundance: Ocasio-Cortez goes to Washington
Rachel Lears on her documentary about a quartet of progressive women who ran for Congress, "Knock Down the House"; L.A. Times reporter Jen Yamato recaps her time at Sundance; Richard Ladkani's documentary, "Sea of Shadows," is about the tragic and illegal harvesting of fish in Mexico's Sea of Cortez.
Jan 29, 2019
Sundance 2019: Jake Gyllenhaal freaks out in “Velvet Buzzsaw”
The actor re-teams with writer/director Dan Gilroy ("Nightcrawler") for a horror film set in L.A.'s contemporary art world; film critic Claudia Puig assesses the first few days of Sundance; Alexandre O. Philippe, writer/director of the documentary, “Memory: The Origins of Alien.”
Jan 28, 2019
The Frame @ Sundance: Day 1
John Horn and a couple of producers are at the Sundance Film Festival where they will provide a daily recap of which films are getting the most buzz; also today: the director of "Untouchable," a documentary about Harvey Weinstein that is premiering at the very festival where he once ruled the roost.
Jan 25, 2019
Dan Levy didn't fall far from the comedy tree
The writer and actor is the son of Eugene Levy, and they are the co-creators and co-stars of the series, "Schitt's Creek"; John Horn reports from the Sundance Film Festival; a new dance performance inspired by horticulture.
Jan 24, 2019