Lisa Napoli with Frank Buckley

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Lisa Napoli
in conversation with Frank Buckley
discussing her upcoming book,
Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
New Roads School

Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

General Admission tickets are free – RSVP HERE

$30   Reserved Section Seat + a copy of Ray and Joan
$35   Two Reserved Section Seats + a copy of Ray and Joan
* This event is part of our Newer Voices Series with authors with one or two books. The first 50 tickets purchased are invited to a pre-reception, 6:30-7:30pm.

Lisa Napoli was among the first journalists to cover the digital age as a staff reporter and columnist for The New York Times and its CyberTimes. She then appeared as an on-air technology reporter and columnist for MSNBC and as a host and reporter for public radio’s Marketplace. Her first book, Radio Shangri-La, chronicles her time in and around the Kingdom of Bhutan, where she was invited to help start a radio station at the dawn of democratic rule. For four years, she covered arts and culture for the acclaimed public radio station KCRW. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she currently lives in Los Angeles, where she leads an award-winning cooking group for homeless women on Skid Row.  

Ray and Joan is about many things: mid-20th century US cultural history; post-WW2 emergence of fast food culture; addiction and its impact on the family; addiction treatment (the early days of, in particular;) philanthropy that precedes the grandeur of Buffett and Gates; the no-nukes movement of the 80s; the San Diego Padres; the mass media’s influence on all of the above, and, most importantly of all, the complexity of marriage.

When Lisa went to cover the fate of a crumbling peace sculpture in front of the Santa Monica courthouse for radio station KCRW, she didn’t know she’d spend the next five years tracking down the story of Joan Kroc, one of the greatest and little known philanthropists of the twentieth century.  The heiress to the McDonald’s fortune had anonymously funded the 26-foot tall mushroom cloud by Paul Conrad, titled Chain Reaction, at the height of the no-nukes movement.  Lisa knew just two things about Joan: that she had given a landmark posthumous gift to NPR, and that at one point she’d run the baseball team she’d inherited from her late husband.  But she found it curious that a woman who lived in San Diego would come to fund a polarizing artwork nowhere near her home. When Lisa went in search of a biography, she couldn’t find one—so she decided to write one.  Soon, she disccovered: why no book yet existed about Joan; that writing about Joan meant writing about Ray, and learning about the roots of the fortune that the third wife of the founding chairman of McDonald’s ultimately gave away.

Frank Buckley is an anchor of KTLA Morning News. Frank joined KTLA in June 2005 from CNN where he had been a national correspondent. Frank is also host of the “Frank Buckley Interviews” podcast.

Frank’s reporting experiences have taken him around the world and have included assignments covering the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea, politics for CNN, frequent reporting from the White House during George W. Bush’s presidency, natural disasters in Japan, the Los Angeles riots, the Hong Kong handover, the OJ Simpson trial and countless other stories in Southern California and across the U.S.

Prior to KTLA and CNN, Frank reported for Los Angeles station KCAL-TV, WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, N.C., and at KESQ-TV in Palm Springs. He has also written for the Los Angeles Times and the Detroit News.




Sen. Claire McCaskill with Ina Jaffe

Thursday, August 20, 2015
8:00pm (reception 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Sen. Claire McCaskill
in conversation with Ina Jaffe
discussing her memoir, Plenty Ladylike

Anne and Jerry Moss Theatre

Herb Alpert Educational Village
New Roads School
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

$20 General Admission seating
$30 Reserved Section seating
$45 Reserved Section Seating + McCaskill’s memoir
$95 Includes pre-event reception (6:30-7:30pm), Reserved seat, book

Sen. Claire McCaskill was the first woman from Missouri elected as a United States senator in 2006 and continues to serve in that position today. She has a BA and a JD from the University of Missouri, and worked for the Jackson County prosecutor’s office before she was elected to her first state legislature position in the Missouri House in 1983. She lives in St. Louis.

Though Claire McCaskill grew up in a political family, it was not a time that welcomed women with big plans. Paying her way through law school by working as a waitress was just a glimpse of her unfettered determination and the start of a bright political career. By 1982, McCaskill had set her sights on the Missouri House of Representatives. Knocking on doors for support, typically, voters would say: “You’re too young”, “your hair is too long;” or “you’re a girl….Go find yourself a husband.” That door was slammed in her face, but she always pressed on—first as a prosecutor of arsonists and rapists, and then all the way to the door of a cabal of Missouri politicians who held secret meetings scheming to block her legislation.

In this candid, lively, and forthright memoir, Senator McCaskill describes her uphill battle to become who she is today. She details aspects of her personal life—from her failed first marriage to a Kansas City car dealer (the father of her three children) to her current relationship with a Missouri businessman, who she describes as “a life partner”—and highlights moments of her career such as her ups and downs with Bill and Hillary Clinton and her decision to endorse Barack Obama’s candidacy. She also touches on her relationship with her daughter, Maddie, who encouraged Claire at a time when she wasn’t sure what to do.

From the day she was elected homecoming queen of her high school class to her long shot reelection as Senator after secretly helping to nominate a right wing extremist as her opponent, Claire has loved politics and winning. Her memoir is unconventional: unsparing in its honesty, full of sharp humor and practical wisdom, and rousing in its defense of female ambition.

Ina Jaffe is a veteran NPR correspondent covering the aging of America in all its variety. Her stories on Morning Edition and All Things Considered have focused on older adults’ involvement in politics and elections, dating and divorce, work and retirement, fashion and sports, as well as issues affecting long term care and end of life choices. She also has a regular spot on Weekend Edition with Scott Simon called “1 in 5” where she discusses issues relevant to the 1/5 of the U.S. population that will be 65 years old or more by 2030.

Ina also reports on politics, contributing to NPR’s coverage of national elections in 2008, 2010, and 2012.



Video: Salman Rushdie at Live Talks LA discussing his memoir, Joseph Anton, with NPR’s Karen Krigsby Bates

Here’s the video from our event with Salman Rushdie discussing his memoir, Joseph Anton, with NPR’s Karen Grigsby Bates.  Event was held September 23rd at the William Turner Gallery at Bergamot Station Arts Center.

Salman Rushdie in conversation with Karen Grigsby Bates from Ted Habte-Gabr on Vimeo.