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Peering over 'The Brink' with Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon is the subject of
Steve Bannon is the subject of "The Brink," a documentary by Alison Klayman.
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On today's show:

The man behind the message

(Starts at 7:42)

In August of 2017, a week after the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA, Steve Bannon departed the White House. He'd helped Donald Trump win the presidency and advocated for nationalist policies such as the ban on travelers from Muslim-majority countries. But after a tumultuous seven months as the White House's chief strategist, he was suddenly out. That's where Alison Klayman's documentary, "The Brink," picks up the story. Klayman followed Bannon for 13 months, through the 2018 midterm elections, as Bannon refocused his controversial brand of nationalism and set his sights on Europe. Klayman spoke with John Horn about what she discovered about Bannon's politics and his tactics in making "The Brink," which gets a theatrical release on March 29.

The Southwest Museum is for sale

(Starts at :45)

The Autry Museum of the American West is seeking someone to purchase the Southwest Museum property in Highland Park. The Autry has long claimed that it doesn't have the financial resources to renovate, maintain and operate the Southwest Museum, which sits on a 14-acre parcel. The Autry will retain ownership of the Southwest Museum's vast collection of Native American art and artifacts. Autry president and CEO Richard West talks with guest host Steven Cuevas. 

Live theater as catharsis

(Starts at 18:42)

Back in 1990, a new theater company called Open Fist mounted its first production here in L.A.  It was Sam Shepard’s play “True West.”  Nearly 30 years later, Open Fist is now trying to make some sense of the wild, wild West that has become our country’s political landscape.  The company is currently presenting a pop-up theater festival to showcase short plays with political themes.  The playwrights, who come from all over America, are each trying to answer the question: "What Matters Now?"  The Frame contributor Marcos Nájera has our story.