Jeffrey Brown

  • The Government Development Bank (GDB) is seen in San Juan, November 30, 2015. Puerto Rican officials talked tough ahead of a major debt payment due on May 2, 2016, with the U.S. territory's governor predicting default, and chances slipping for a restructuring deal with creditors.   Reuters/Alvin Baez/File Photo - RTX2BYU8
    May 6, 2016  

    For years, the Puerto Rican economy has been in decline, and the U.S. territory is now on the brink of disaster, with $72 billion of overall debt and an unemployment rate twice that of the mainland. As the island’s government is forced to suspend funding for vital services, hundreds of Puerto Ricans are leaving every day, while those who remain struggle to stay afloat. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

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    May 6, 2016  

    Saturday will mark the 183rd birthday of the celebrated German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms. A complicated and utterly self-guarded man, Brahms liked to claim that his music didn’t flow from his heart, but the soulful and passionate nature of his compositions tells another tale. For more on what makes Brahms’ music so beautiful and enduring, Jeffrey Brown talks to composer Rob Kapilow. Continue reading

  • CHICAGO - JULY 11:  Violinist Rachel Barton Pine performs during the Great Performers Of Illinois Festival in Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois on July 11, 2010.  (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
    April 15, 2016  

    Rachel Barton Pine is one of the most accomplished violinists in the world, but her upbringing wasn’t one of privilege — as a ten-year-old prodigy with an out-of-work father, she bought her concert clothes in thrift stores and relied on space heaters for warmth. Now, Pine uses her success to help other disadvantaged violinists escape poverty. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

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    April 9, 2016   BY  

    More than 500 authors are set to appear at the LA Times Festival of Books this weekend for one of the largest literary events of the year. Continue reading

  • WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says a U.S. drone strike on Saturday struck a training camp for al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia who were preparing to launch a large-scale attack, likely against African or U.S. personnel. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images
    March 18, 2016  

    One of the most controversial elements of President Obama’s national security policy is the use of drones to kill terrorists. The newly released movie “Eye in the Sky” provides a front-row seat to the debate taking place among national security officials. Jeffrey Brown reports on the movie and the implications of the use of drones.
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  • Refguees react during a protest asking for the opening of borders at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, March 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis   - RTSB44F
    March 18, 2016  

    Turkey and the European Union reached an agreement Friday over solutions to the ongoing migrant crisis in Eastern Europe, with Turkey taking back Syrian refugees currently stranded in Greece in exchange for financial aid and closer travel and political ties to the EU. Jeffrey Brown asks Matthew Karnitschnig of Politico and special correspondent Malcolm Brabant for more information on the deal.
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  • Young children get a close-up view of an Orca killer whale during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014   REUTERS/Mike Blake   (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3HTBE
    March 17, 2016  

    SeaWorld has made headlines several times in the past decade: trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by a captive orca during a live show in 2010, and a 2013 documentary focused intense scrutiny on the family-oriented theme park over the use of killer whales as show animals. On Thursday, SeaWorld announced that it would no longer breed or keep orcas. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl (2nd R) leaves the courthouse with his defense attorney, Lt. Col. Franklin Rosenblatt (L), after an arraignment hearing for his court-martial in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, December 22, 2015. Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner after walking away from his combat outpost in Afghanistan in 2009, did not enter a plea on Tuesday at his arraignment on charges spurred by his disappearance.   REUTERS/Jonathan Drake - RTX1ZSBO
    March 16, 2016  

    Is Bowe Bergdahl a misguided young soldier or a deserter and a traitor? A military court will soon answer that question, as Bergdahl — an Army sergeant who left his post in June 2009 and was captured by the Taliban — is now facing a court-martial on charges of desertion and endangering troops. Jeffrey Brown takes a look at the transcript of Bergdahl’s interview with the Army’s senior investigator.
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    March 15, 2016  

    March Madness has arrived once more — and yet again, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels are in the hunt for a national championship. A new book by sportswriter John Feinstein takes an inside look at one of UNC’s legendary coaches and the two other iconic state basketball figures with whom he formed unique trio. Feinstein joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss “The Legends Club.” Continue reading

  • U.N. mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks to media on the U.N. sponsored Syria peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland March 14, 2016.  REUTERS/Ruben Sprich - RTX291C7
    March 14, 2016  

    The first round of UN-backed Syrian peace talks began in Geneva Monday morning — but for those trapped in overcrowded refugee camps, seeking to enter Europe through the Balkans’ closed borders, help seems far away. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner examines sobering statistics from the UN, while Jeffrey Brown talks to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi for more. Continue reading