A daily chronicle of creativity in film, TV, music, arts and entertainment. Host John Horn leads the conversation, accompanied by the nation's most plugged-in cultural journalists. All episodes of The Frame can be streamed from Southern California Public Radio.


A Border Crossing Results In More Than ‘Culture Shock’

July 18, 2019 ·

Gigi Saul Guerrero, who was born in Mexico, directed the episode that’s part of the Hulu horror anthology series, “Into the Dark”; Variety’s Todd Spangler on Netflix losing subscribers in the U.S.; composer Bobby Krlic (aka The Haxan Cloak) on writing …

Pulling No Punches In ‘The Art of Self Defense’

July 17, 2019 ·

Writer/director Riley Stearns and stunt coordinator Mindy Kelly talk about their film that’s set in a sexist karate school; is Disney having buyer’s remorse over its purchase of Fox’s film studio?; behind the appeal of the band Durand Jones & The Indic…

The Mythic Southwest In Terry Allen’s Mind

July 16, 2019 ·

The acclaimed visual artist and musician walks through his retrospective with his wife and frequent collaborator, Jo Harvey Allen; breaking down the Emmy nominations; in the studio with singer-songwriter J.S. Ondara.

David Crosby, In And Out Of Harmony

July 15, 2019 ·

The singer is the subject of a warts-and-all documentary, “David Crosby: Remember My Name”; The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Johnson talks about his story on the so-called “Con Queen of Hollywood”; catching up with Linda Ronstadt.

The Frame Weekend: Kumail Nanjiani, Lulu Wang and more

July 13, 2019 ·

Kumail Nanjiani’s “Stuber” and writer/director Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” just opened in theaters, as did the documentary “Sea of Shadows,” about drug cartels invading a fishing village in Baja California. Morgan Neville’s four-part documentary about m…

Lynn Shelton and Marc Maron Wield A Sharp ‘Sword’

July 12, 2019 ·

The director and actor talk about their new film, “Sword of Trust”; The Hollywood Reporter’s Eriq Gardner on so-called “deep fakes” in Hollywood — ultra-realistic manipulation of digital imagery; a profile of the singer and pianist Rhye.

‘Shangri-La’ Looks Inside Rick Rubin’s Hit Factory

July 11, 2019 ·

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville examines the career of the idiosyncratic record producer; the dilemma faced by cultural instititutions when they have received donations from alleged sexual predators; Black artists make a stat…

Kumail Nanjiani Tries A New Ride With ‘Stuber’

July 10, 2019 ·

The comedian and actor wanted to go in a different direction after “The Big Sick,” so he signed on for an atypical buddy-cop comedy; the latest battle in the video streaming wars; “Sea of Shadows” chronicles a marine life disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Marielle and Katia Labeque: Music For 176 Keys

July 9, 2019 ·

The piano-playing sisters perform everything from the classics to contemporary works by the likes of Thom Yorke and Bryce Dessner; will Jeffrey Katzenberg’s big idea for short content fly?; the long-running Tuesday Night Café in Little Tokyo.

Lulu Wang’s Personal Take On ‘The Farewell’

July 8, 2019 ·

The film is based on a true story from the writer/director’s own family about refusing to tell their grandmother that she is gravely ill; an appreciation of Brazilian songwriter João Gilberto, who has died at the age of 88.

‘Riverdale’ Creator’s ‘Good Boys’ Examines Privilege


The play “Good Boys,” written by “Riverdale” creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is updated in light of the Kavanaugh hearings; LA’s Rogue Machine Theatre company tackles racism and gun violence with “Gunshot Medley: Part 1”; why are there so few movies ab…

Ari Aster’s ‘Midsommar’ Nightmare

July 3, 2019 ·

The writer/director of “Hereditary” returns with another film that’s guaranteed to creep you out; the summer box office is 10% from last year, as proven franchises underperform and original hits are nearly extinct; keeping the music of Harry Partch alive.

Matthew Cherry Goes Long With ‘Hair Love’

July 2, 2019 ·

The former pro football player began directing music videos and TV shows, and is not turning his children’s book into a short animated film; Spotify walks back a program for indie musicians; the exquisite voice of counter-tenor John Holiday.

Karin Gist Knows How To Run A Show

July 1, 2019 ·

The veteran producer started out as a lawyer, but she switched careers and is now one of Hollywood’s top show-runners; Taylor Swift isn’t happy about the fate of every album she has recorded to date; a visit to a collective of video game designers.

LGBTQ Artists ‘On the Inside’ Get A Museum Exhibition

June 27, 2019 ·

‘On the Inside’ is a group exhibition of LGBTQ artists who are currently incarcerated; a look back at the largely unheard music of the early gay liberation movement; how movies (and movie theaters) will survive the next decade.

Alan Yang’s Big Picture On The Small Screen

June 26, 2019 ·

TV producer Alan Yang on how his mission in storytelling has changed; L.A. Times TV critic Lorraine Ali says the Democratic debates are the best reality show; writer and musician Solvej Schou reunites with her mentor, high school English teacher Barry …

‘Yesterday’ Becomes A Magical Mystery Tour

June 25, 2019 ·

Himesh Patel stars as a struggling musician who awakens one day to a world where only he remembers the songs of The Beatles; Ann Sarnoff is named head of Warner Bros. studio.

A ‘Maiden’ Voyage That Proved The Doubters Wrong

June 24, 2019 ·

In 1989, the first all-female crew was assembled for a famously grueling ’round-the-world sailing competition that’s chronicled in the new documentary, “Maiden”; musicians have filed the first lawsuit resulting from a devastating 2008 fire on the Unive…

Navigating Human Emotions In ‘Sea of Solitude’


Designer Connie Geppert takes on depression and loneliness in her much-anticipated video game; a new effort to diversity the ranks of film and TV critics; in the classroom with a real life ‘School of Rock’ teacher dude.

‘The Central Park Five’ As Opera

June 20, 2019 ·

Composer Anthony Davis turns the troubling tale into a world premiere for Long Beach Opera; the Hollywood courtship continues for Democratic presidential candidates; singer-songwriter Steve Gunn collaborates with Japanese folk singer Sachiko Kanenobu.

‘Tales of the City’ For A New Era

June 19, 2019 ·

Lauren Morelli created the Netflix reboot of a 1994 PBS series that was ahead of its time; screenwriter Max Landis faces multiple allegations of sexual abuse and harassment; the band Big Thief.