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.


‘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.

The Prince Estate Releases Some ‘Originals’

June 18, 2019 ·

The prolific artist wrote many songs that were recorded by other artists. Susannah Melvoin talks about “Nothing Compares 2 You”; Hollywood gets caught up in China trade war; film composer Bear McCreary (“Child’s Play”).

Jessie Buckley Seeks The Spotlight In ‘Wild Rose’

June 17, 2019 ·

The Irish actress plays a Scottish singer trying to make it big in Nashville in what she hopes is her breakout movie role; is “Men in Black: International” the latest proof that audiences are suffering from sequel fatigue?; the Cuban singer known as Ci…

Reliving A Dylan Moment In ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’

June 14, 2019 ·

The legendary singer-songwriter’s 1975 tour is revisited in a new documentary by Martin Scorsese; the cultural week-in-review with L.A. Times TV critic Lorraine Ali; the new surf film, “Self-Discovery for Social Survival.”

Playwright Paula Vogel Asks: What Is ‘Indecent’?

June 13, 2019 ·

After a Broadway run, her play about a 1920s obscenity trial comes to Los Angeles; the annual E3 convention draws to a close with plenty of news from the gaming world; the band Making Movies got a boost on its latest album from Ruben Blades.

Eleni Mandell’s Jailhouse Blues

June 12, 2019 ·

The singer-songwriter’s latest album, “Wake Up Again,” was inspired by teaching songwriting at a women’s prison in Southern California; Washington Post movie critic Ann Hornaday wonders why American movies shy away from sex scenes; media critic and fem…

The Wild Ride Of ‘Framing John DeLorean’

June 11, 2019 ·

A new docu-drama by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce explores the car designer’s turbulent career and flamboyant life; YouTube’s struggle to dealing with hateful and harmful content; ‘Baskets’ returns for its fourth season.

‘Good Omens’ Is Bittersweet For Neil Gaiman

June 4, 2019 ·

The novelist and comic book creator co-wrote the novel with Terry Pratchett, but they couldn’t get a production going before Pratchett’s death in 2015. The current Amazon series fulfills their dream.

Reliving The Horror Of ‘Chernobyl’

May 31, 2019 ·

Craig Mazin talks about his HBO miniseries that challenges our knowledge of the 1986 nuclear meltdown in Russia; record labels are in for a windfall, but how much will artists see?; “Godzilla” lives to romp and stomp again.

Lindy West Is Perfectly Fine With Being ‘Shrill’

May 30, 2019 ·

Her book is the basis for the Hulu series that stars Aidy Bryant as a young woman who defies being defined by her weight; a stringent abortion law in Louisiana could threaten TV and film production there; veteran pop music critic recounts Elton John’s …

‘Always Be My Maybe’: When Randall Met Ali

May 29, 2019 ·

Randall Park and Ali Wong had been talking about making a romantic comedy for years and it’s finally come to pass; with William Morris/Endeavor going public, the talent agency’s finances are under scrutiny.

See Beto. See Beto Run.

May 28, 2019 ·

The former Texas Congressman’s run for the U.S. Senate is documented in an HBO documentary that provides insight into his current presidential campaign; a recap of the Cannes Film Festival; “Echo in the Canyon” owes a lot to “California Dreamin’.”

The Final Moments of ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ On A 12-Hour Loop

May 24, 2019 ·

Why Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson made a 12-hour version of the final aria of Mozart’s beloved “The Marriage of Figaro”; Harvey Weinstein and his former studio’s board members reach a tentative $44 million settlement with the women who’ve accused…

‘Ma’ Leads An Unlikely Pack Of Summer Horror Flicks

May 23, 2019 ·

The most lucrative season for studios and cineplexes is usually filled with action films and sequels, but scary movies are making big inroads; a new study indicates that LGTBQ representation in movies improved in 2018; the guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela…

Olivia Wilde switches roles for ‘Booksmart’

May 22, 2019 ·

The actress went behind the camera for the teen girl comedy, which marks her directing debut; an Amazon TV series and a movie starring Kristen Wiig have canceled plans to shoot in Georgia because of the state’s new abortion law; singer, songwriter and …

Sibling Envy Runs Amok On ‘The Other Two’

May 21, 2019 ·

The TV series co-creators, Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly, talk about their offbeat family comedy; can the video app TikTok take over music streaming?; recreating 1969 in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

The Game Is On To Find The Next ‘Thrones’

May 20, 2019 ·

Now that “Game of Thrones” is over (and many viewers are over it), HBO and other networks are looking for The Next Big Thing; Andrew Bird’s latest album is cleverly titled, “My Finest Work Yet”; rapper Little Simz explores the “Grey Area.”