Category: Interviews

Interview: Spilling Secrets

Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers while working at RAND, returns to Santa Monica in defense of government whistleblowers Daniel Ellsberg was the original Edward Snowden. While working in 1971 as a U.S. military analyst employed by the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, Ellsberg leaked to the press a top-secret Pentagon study exposing that the White House had lied to Congress about the Vietnam War. For leaking the Pentagon Papers, Ellsberg faced 115 years in prison under the Espionage Act of 1917, the same law used to execute Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, turn Snowden into a fugitive and...

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Better living without chemistry

Santa Monica chiropractor, homeopath and entrepreneur Stuart H. Garber on what really ails you Long before TV’s “The Doctors” and “The Dr. Oz Show” put holistic medicine in the national spotlight, Stuart H. Garber was putting it into practice for his patients — since 1981, in fact. Both a chiropractor and a homeopath, Garber continues to see patients at his Santa Monica office while also running Dr. Garber’s Natural Solutions, a popular line of holistic biotherapy remedies sold online and in 59 Whole Foods Market locations. As a teenager growing up in New York, he was equally transfixed by...

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Last Man Standing

Jerry B. Epstein, the only still-living major developer of Marina del Rey,  on the past and future of the world’s largest man-made small-craft harbor   Jerry B. Epstein, 91, was helping to shape Marina del Rey before it was even on the map. In the mid-1950s, Los Angeles County Supervisor Burton W. Chace had a plan to dredge the world’s largest manmade small-craft harbor out of a far-flung patch of marshland frequented by duck hunters. Chace tapped Epstein, then a young real estate broker who had left New York for the Southern California sunshine after returning home from World...

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‘Still on the Levee,’ still looking forward

Chris Smither celebrates 50 years in music — and his 70th birthday — with an album  retrospective, lyric book and Friday concert at McCabe’s By Bliss Bowen Chris Smither is enjoying a very good year. This summer Signature Sounds released a two-disc retrospective, “Still on the Levee,” for which the venerated singer-songwriter and acoustic blues guitarist returned to his hometown of New Orleans to recreate 25 songs from throughout his career, investing them with road-worn gravitas supported by Crescent City legend Allen Toussaint, Loudon Wainwright and members of Morphine. Last month the label issued “Link of Chain,” with Dave...

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