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Left, Right & Center Live!

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October 20, 2016

Left, Right & Center Live!
Election 2016: Inside the Political Circus

6:30pm Doors and Cash Bar
7:45pm Show

Welcome to the weirdest election of your lifetime.

In Election 2016, facts are up for debate, satire seems insufficient, and the two major-party candidates are the least popular in history. The bitter contest between Trump and Clinton is less about policy than identity and what makes America great (again?). Where can you turn to make sense of the madness?

Join KCRW’s trusted team of informed thinkers for a live broadcast of Left, Right & Center. We’ll take an unflinching look at the probable winners, the clear losers and the inevitable consequences of choosing left, right or center – or none of the above – on November 8th.

As amusing as they are insightful, host Josh Barro and his left, right and center cohorts will dissect the deep divide between Trump vs. Clinton,  Republican vs. Democrat and walls vs. bridges.  Left, Right & Center, still the antidote to the talking heads and opinion bubbles that dominate today’s political debate.

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JOSH BARRO (host & center) is the lively and insightful host and center of KCRW’s Left, Right & Center. He is also senior editor for Business Insider, where he writes commentary on politics, business, and the economy. Before joining Business Insider, he was a founding correspondent at “The Upshot,” the economics and data section of The New York Times. Before that, he was Business Insider’s politics editor. In an earlier incarnation, Josh worked in policy research for think tanks and as a real estate banker at Wells Fargo. Josh is also a contributor to MSNBC and co-host with Linette Lopez of “Hard Pass.” He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard College.


GENE SPERLING (left) is the only person to have served as National Economic Advisor and Director the National Economic Council for two Presidents — President Clinton (1996-2001) and President Obama (2011-2014). He is currently an outside economic advisor to Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign, which he also advised in 2008. He is the founder and former director of the Center of Universal Education at Brookings Institution, which focuses on education for girls and boys in poor and conflict-ridden nations. He was a consultant for NBC’s West Wing for four seasons and shared writing credit on four episodes. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, he is married to Allison Abner, a television writer and they have two children.


MONA CHAREN (right) is a syndicated columnist, author and a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Ms. Charen began her career at National Review magazine where she served as editorial assistant. Ms. Charen served as Nancy Reagan’s speechwriter and later as Associate Director of the Office of Public Liaison. Later in her White House career, she worked in the Public Affairs office helping to craft President Reagan’s communications strategy. She is the author of two bestsellers: “Useful Idiots” (2003); and “Do-Gooders” (2005). Ms. Charen is the co-host, with Jay Nordlinger, of the weekly podcast Need to Know, and is a frequent guest on television and radio public affairs programs.


keli-goff-theater-headshot-january-2015KELI GOFF (special guest) – Always thought-provoking, Keli Goff is a frequent “Special Guest” on Left, Right & Center. She is a columnist for The Daily Beast and host of “Political Party with Keli Goff” airing on NPR affiliate WNYC. Her work has also appeared in Time, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, and the web editions of Elle, The New York Times, and New York Magazine. She won a 2016 NAACP Image Award for her work as a writer on the hit television series “Being Mary Jane.” The author of two books and a former playwriting fellow with The Public Theater, Keli is currently completing her first documentary, a history of America’s reproductive rights movement.


mickey-kaus-invoice-docxMICKEY KAUS (special guest) is the author of The End of Equality (first published in 1992 by Basic Books). He has written about public policy in Newsweek, The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, and Slate, among other places. He was one of the first political writers to start a blog — kausfiles.com, in 1999 — and he’s one of the last to still be doing it. He currently blogs about the campaign from Venice, California. The End of Equality discusses how to pursue the traditional American ideal of social equality when incomes are growing inexorably more unequal. The book was co-winner of the 1992 Washington Monthly Political Book Award.  Kaus has also written extensively about welfare reform, starting in the Reagan years. More recently he’s focused on immigration.

leslie-sanchez-producerLESLIE SANCHEZ (republican pollster) is an author, award-winning political analyst and former executive director of the White House Initiative on Hispanic Education under President George. W. Bush. For over a decade, she has served as a leader in public opinion research specializing in elections as well as the women’s and Hispanic-Latino marketplace. For her work, Hispanic Business magazine called her one of the nation’s “100 Most Influential Hispanics” and she was named “Texas Powerbroker” by the Houston Chronicle for being among the most influential Texans in Washington. In 2008, Leslie was named one of only two Hispanic Americans ever hired as political contributors at major news networks, and the first at CNN.  

For the 2016 presidential election, Leslie joined CBS News’ 24-hour livestream network, CBSN, as an on-camera political contributor. She is the author of the highly praised—You’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe: Sarah, Michelle, Hillary and the Shaping of the New American Woman and Los Republicanos, which accurately predicted key shifts in Latino vote prior to 2008


MARGIE OMERO (democratic pollster) is the new EVP of the Public Affairs practice at PSB Research, a global strategic research company. She has over 20 years of experience managing all facets of qualitative and quantitative research. Her clients have included some of the world’s biggest brands, such as Kellogg’s, McDonald’s, and Walmart, and non-profits like The Center for American Progress, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Compassion and Choices. Omero leads a bipartisan team studying Walmart Moms—a proven swing voting bloc covered by most major news outlets.

A frequent political commentator, Margie appears regularly on NPR, cable news, and in print. Omero is the creator and co-host of the top-rated podcast “The Pollsters,” and has been named one of “50 Politicos to Watch” by Politico.

Before joining PSB, Omero was Managing Director of Research at Purple Strategies. Margie also founded and ran Momentum Analysis, a Democratic polling firm with clients including the DNC, the DCCC, EMILY’s List, Members of Congress, and campaigns around the country.

Provocative, up-to-the-minute, clever and compelling, KCRW’s weekly showdown over politics, policy and popular culture proves those with impeccable credentials needn’t lack personality. Hosted by moderator Josh Barro, his guests include party pundits and all-star journalists from every angle of the political conversation. Downloaded by almost 250,000 per episode, it’s a civilized, yet provocative antidote to the self-contained opinion bubbles that dominate political debate.  Left, Right & Center airs on Fridays at 2:30pm and again at 7pm on KCRW 89.9 or online at KCRW.com. You can also download the show on our smartphone app.


Valet Parking
$7 – Up to 3 hours with validation from bar/restaurant
$12 – Hourly rate for non-validated event guests, with a max $40

Public Transportation
Nearest Metro Station: 7th St./Metro Center
Metro Bus Lines: 740, 745, 940

Parking lots around the venue are not associated with The Theatre. They’re cash only, with rates ranging from $10 to $30 depending on the event.

Parking is available at the following locations: 841 S. Spring St., 839 S. Spring St., 817 S. Spring St., 826 S. Broadway, 953 S. Broadway, 916 S. Hill St., 230 W. 9th St,, 919 S. Broadway, 854 S. Main St., 1002 S. Hill St., 1031 S. Broadway.


Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles is right next door to The Theatre and offers a few pre- or post-show noshing options – LA Chapter, The MezzanineUpstairs and the Coffee Counter. The Theatre also runs a stocked concession stand with a full bar and snacks available for purchase. There are a multitude of other dining options in the surrounding area to suit all tastes.


Stay next door at the Ace Hotel! Check here for rates and availability.


No outside food or beverages
No cameras or recording devices
No weapons of any kind
No ins and outs
All guests must have a ticket regardless of age
No babies in arms

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