Building the Wall, an Interview with Playwright Robert Schenkkan
Building the Wall, a powerful new play by Robert Schenkkan, is scheduled to play in six cities -- so far -- beginning with the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles. It’s the very near future, and the Trump administration has carried out his campaign promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants. Now, a writer interviews the supervisor of a private prison as he awaits sentencing for carrying out the federal policy that has escalated into the unimaginable.
We'll speak with Robert Schenkkan, who wrote the play in seven days last fall, as the election loomed. He'll talk about why he wrote it, and the effort to have it performed as widely, and as soon, as possible. Robert Schenkkan is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright, and an Academy Award nominated screenwriter.
Josh Willis on the Dramatic Melting of the Arctic
Since the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) study was launched in 2015, by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, scientists have made some dramatic, and disturbing, findings about the rate and mechanism of the melting, and its contribution to destructive sea level rises.
We'll speak with oceanographer and climatologist Josh Willis, the principal investigator with OMG, about their findings, and what it means for the future.
The March for Science
Scientists and others in defense of science are scheduled to march in the March for Science, on April 22 against the attacks on science and truth, and in support of the role of science in government and public policy, and for the very integrity of the scientific process itself. Along with a major march in Washington, DC, there are more than 400 satellite marches in cities across the country and the world. Tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, are expected on the 22nd across the country—and the world. We'll speak with Brant Olson, Executive Director of ClimateTruth.org, a group that helped organize the #StandUpForScience rally and is assisting in the March for Science.