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Singer-Songwriter Randy Newman

I Don’t Like Nuts. I Really Don’t.

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Celebrated American singer/songwriter Randy Newman—the man behind songs including “I Love L.A., “Short People,” and “You Can Leave Your Hat On,” as well as the scores of many movies, including all three Toy Story films—is a Los Angeles native and the recipient of many honors, including six Grammys, three Emmys, and two Academy Awards. Before being interviewed by Zócalo publisher and founder Gregory Rodriguez at an event co-presented by UCLA at the Getty Center, Newman talked in the Zócalo green


Lady Bird Johnson Wielded Power With a Delicate Touch

LBJ’s First Lady Was a Trailblazer Who Flew Under the Radar

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By Kate Andersen Brower

“Somebody else can have Madison Avenue,” Lyndon Johnson once said. “I’ll take Bird”—that is, his wife, Claudia Alta Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson. (She got her elegant nickname as a toddler, when a nanny said she was as “purty as a lady bird.”) The president recognized her political acumen. Not everyone did—or does. When Robert Schenkkan’s play All the Way, about the fight for passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, appeared on Broadway, some friends and advisers said that Lady