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Political Jornalist Andrea Bernstein and Actor/Advocate Tembi Locke Added to Palm Springs Speaks Schedule

Palm Springs Speaks is pleased to announce that two bonus speaker events have been added to the schedule for early 2020. Investigative Journalist and Political Analyst Andrea Bernstein on Friday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m. discussing her new book American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power. Then on Wednesday February 5th at 12:00 p.m. noon Actor and Advocate Tembi Locke will appear for a lunch and talk event discussing her book From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home. Both events will be at the Historic Camelot Theatres, Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262. Tickets and detailed information for these events are now available online at www.palmspringsspeaks.org.
The first bonus event features award-winning journalist and author Andrea Bernstein on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.; tickets are $10 each, general admission. Bernstein will appear as part of her book tour for AMERICAN OLIGARCHS: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power. Her newest book, to be released on January 14, 2020, tells the story of the Trump and Kushner families like never before.
Building on her landmark reporting for the acclaimed podcast Trump, Inc. and The New Yorker, Bernstein’s painstaking detective work brings to light new information about the families’ arrival as immigrants to America, their paths to success, and the business and personal lives of the president and his closest family members. Drawing on more than two hundred interviews and more than one hundred thousand pages of documents, many previously unseen or long forgotten, Bernstein shows how the Trumps and the Kushners repeatedly broke rules and then leveraged secrecy, intimidation, and prosecutorial and judicial power to avoid legal consequences.
Drawing on more than two hundred interviews and more than one hundred thousand pages of documents, many previously unseen or long forgotten, Bernstein shows how the Trumps and the Kushners repeatedly broke rules and then leveraged secrecy, intimidation, and prosecutorial and judicial power to avoid legal consequences.
The result is a compelling narrative that details how the Trump and Kushner dynasties encouraged and profited from a system of corruption, dark money, and influence trading, and that reveals the historical turning points and decisions—on taxation, regulation, white-collar crime, and campaign finance laws—that have brought us to where we are today.
Andrea Bernstein is the Peabody Award–winning cohost of the acclaimed WNYC/ProPublica podcast Trump, Inc., which won the prestigious 2019 Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University award. In addition to broadcast appearances on outlets including PBS NewsHour, CNN, and Fresh Air, her work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, New York, the Guardian, and on NPR.
Then on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. actor and advocate Tembi Locke will appear for a lunch and author talk event. She will be discussing her New York Times Bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home. There will be two ticket options; $20 for talk + book –OR – $35 for talk + book + boxed lunch. The boxed lunch selection will be inspired from recipes found in the book which features sixteen recipes from her husband and his mother that emerge from key moments of Tembi’s story.
Cooking and eating Sicilian food together was one of the great joys actress Tembi Locke shared with her beloved husband Saro, a professional Italian chef. Twenty years prior, when she bumped into him on a street in Florence, she had no idea that he would become the love of her life and that they would build a fairy tale life together in Los Angeles with an adopted daughter they adored. And she never imagined that after his diagnosis of a rare form of cancer and a decade of caretaking, she would eventually lose him and have to start over from scratch.
Shattered, but determined to honor the memory of her husband, build a new life for their daughter Zoela, and strengthen their relationship with his family, she returned to his hometown on the island of Sicily. This book chronicles the three summers Tembi and Zoela spent there bonding with Saro’s mother in a tiny hamlet of farmers and shares their poignant and cross-cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside as she discovers the healing powers of food, family, and unexpected grace in her darkest hour.
Tembi Locke—actor, mom, author, advocate, chef’s wife and now young widow—is passionate about two things: the power of storytelling as a tool to inspire meaningful connection, and savoring the flavors, food and kitchen wisdom from her favorite place in the world, Sicily. Tembi is an accomplished actor with over sixty television and film performances to her credit, including The Magicians, NCIS: LA, Bones, Eureka, Dumb and Dumber To, Friends and Proven Innocent. Away from the camera, Tembi Locke’s advocacy work stems from her personal experience as a long-term cancer caregiver and focuses on families facing illness, community building and sharing inspiration when it matters most. She’s a nationally recognized speaker for her keynotes on resilience, loss and motherhood, and her TEDx talk, What Forty Steps Taught Me About Love and Grief, tracing her journey as a cancer caregiver, has been viewed by viewed over 70,000 times by individuals and nonprofits worldwide. Tembi is also the creator and founder of The Kitchen Widow, an online platform that encourages and supports connected living during grief and loss.
The Palm Springs Speaks remaining Season Three speakers still to appear include Dame Joan Collins on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. who will be introduced by noted photographer Michael Childers. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward will appear on Friday, March 6, 2020 and will discuss “The State of the American Presidency” with attendees receiving a copy of his book Fear. Both events will be at the Richards Center for the Arts at the Palm Springs High School. Tickets for all speakers and event details are available online at www.palmspringsspeaks.org.

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