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.


Lila Downs Turns Up The Heat With ‘Al Chile’

May 14, 2019 ·

The singer, who has roots in both Mexico and the U.S., has a new album that takes on issues of the day; TV networks are laying out their fall plans for advertisers and the press; a new KPCC series reunites artists with the high school teachers who infl…

An Alternate Look At Being Muslim

May 13, 2019 ·

KPCC’s newest podcast, “Tell Them, I Am,” profiles Muslims from various walks of life who defy stereotypes about Islam and its followers; comedian Ramy Youssef has a new series on Hulu; the Japanese pop-punk band, Chai.

John Cameron Mitchell tries out a new stage

May 9, 2019 ·

The Tony Award-winning actor and playwright has an ambitious podcast musical titled “Anthem: Homunculus”; Disney’s $400 million bet on Vice Media is coming up dry; Anita Sarkeesian is out to halt harmful depictions of LGBTQ characters in video gaming. …

Woodstock 50 hangs in the balance

May 8, 2019 ·

The anniversary festival is up in the air as the promoter and his one-time backer are at odds; Max Joseph made a film that’s a paean to bookstores and reading; Song Exploder deconstructs a song from The Cranberries’ final album.

Putting a gay spin on ‘Game of Thrones’

May 7, 2019 ·

“Gay of Thrones” is the hilarious Funny or Die web series that recaps each episode of the HBO hit; Georgia’s governor signed an abortion bill that might impact film and TV production in the state; the singer who goes by Cimafunk is known as “the Cuban …

BTS makes some noise at the Rose Bowl

May 6, 2019 ·

The Korean boy band performed two shows to loud audiences, cementing its place in the global pop music world; filmmaker Mike Mills made an unlikely collaboration with the band, The National; the Write Girl program gives teen girls a boost.

Are Latinos left out of Hollywood’s diversity equation?

May 3, 2019 ·

Latinos go the movies in numbers that far surpass their percentage of the U.S. population. So why don’t studios cater more to that audience?; the HBO documentary, “At the Heart of Gold,” looks at the U.S. gymnastics sexual abuse scandal; creating a sou…

Steven Van Zandt steps out front again

May 2, 2019 ·

Bruce Springsteen’s long-time guitarist has his first solo album in 20 years —and it’s just one of his many gigs; Democratic presidential hopefuls are starting to make the rounds in Hollywood.

Hulu makes a big move with Kidman, McKinnon and Marvel

May 1, 2019 ·

The streaming service, now mostly owned by Disney, unveiled its new projects that include big stars and an expansion of the company’s comic book properties; playwright Eleanor Burgess deals with ‘The Niceties’; Jonny Pierce leads the way for the band T…

And the Tony Award nominees are …

April 30, 2019 ·

The musical “Hadestown” led the way with 14 nods, but the big surprise was the omission of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Network” in the best new play category; Michelle and Robert King talk about their hit TV series, “The Good Fight.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s run to ‘Knock Down the House’

April 29, 2019 ·

The campaigns of the rookie Congresswoman and three other candidates are documented in a Netflix film; filmmaker John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood”) died today at the age of 51; with “Avengers: Endgame” breaking box office records, what’s next for the M…

Ex-CBS exec calls out network’s ‘white problem’

April 26, 2019 ·

Former CBS executive speaks out about the workplace culture at CBS which she says is toxic. Then, the Victoria Riskin, daughter of Hollywood legends, writes a memoir. And one Armenian-American musician strives to keep her culture’s musical history alive.

Inside Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Mockingbird’ story

April 25, 2019 ·

Aaron Sorkin was approved by Harper Lee to adapt “To Kill A Mockingbird” to the stage but just months before it was due to premiere her estate sued. The issues got resolved and now the play is a timely Broadway blockbuster. And, “Empire” actor Jussie S…

Kate del Castillo is ‘La Reina del Sur’

April 24, 2019 ·

Actress Kate del Castillo is back with “La Reina del Sur.” She opens up about her secret meeting with El Chapo, the backlash she suffered in her career and her return in a role of a lifetime; As Disney chief Bob Iger benefits from the largess of his co…

Andy Borowitz tries to be a stand-up guy

April 23, 2019 ·

The humorist, best known for his work in The New Yorker, is on tour before live audiences; students at Chapman University have successfully petitioned for the removal of posters from “The Birth of a Nation” that had been on display at the film school; …

‘Hail Satan?’ is probably not what you think

April 22, 2019 ·

The documentary by Penny Lane explores the misconceptions behind the Satanic Temple; L.A. Times TV critic Lorraine Ali on depictions of Muslims; Zev Feldman of Resonance Records is known as the “Indiana Jones” of lost jazz recordings.

Serendipity for the ‘Mueller, She Wrote’ podcast

April 19, 2019 ·

The women behind the weekly podcast scheduled a live taping for April 18, and then had to scramble when the date was chosen for the Mueller report’s release; actress Michelle Williams on playing Gwen Verdon in “Fosse/Verdon.”

Meet Nancy and Beth, aka Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt

April 17, 2019 ·

When the actresses met a few years back, they bonded over their love of music, and it led to the formation of their eclectic act; the Writers Guild of America filed suit today against Hollywood’s major talent agencies, claiming some of their practices …

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 2020!

April 16, 2019 ·

As the actress wraps up the final season of “Veep,” she looks back and ahead; why are so many theater productions based on old movies and TV shows?

Mitchell Froom is Chairman of the (Mixing) Board

April 15, 2019 ·

The music producer has worked with Randy Newman, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and Los Lobos, and occasionally releases his own music; highlights and lowlights from week one of Coachella; the Write Girl program provides mentoring for teens by actors and…

Emma Thompson explains her John Lasseter letter

April 12, 2019 ·

Emma Thompson dropped out of a Skydance movie after the studio hired disgraced former Pixar CEO, John Lasseter. The she wrote a public letter about it. She tells us why. We discuss what’s next in the on-going fight between the WGA and talent agencies. …

Ramy Youssef finds the humor in being Muslim

April 11, 2019 ·

The comedian’s new Hulu series is a fictionalized version of his life growing up in New Jersey as the son of Egyptian immigrant parents; inside the memorial service for Nipsey Hussle; the all-girl Japanese band, Chai.

Hologram concerts as the ultimate encore

April 10, 2019 ·

Re-animated artists have become a big part of the concert business, now including Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and opera star Maria Callas; why is Netflix buying the Egyptian Theatre?; an experimental production of “King Lear” leaves the king offstage.