It is one of the most explosive words in the English Language. It has been used to insult, and it has ended careers. Larry Mantle talks with author and Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy about his new book, Nigger (Pantheon Books), that explores the evolution, essence, and power of the "n" word.
Host Larry Mantle together with critics Jean Oppenheimer of Screen International and Henry Sheehan of the Orange County Register discuss the week's latest film and video releases. This week's selections include: We Were Soldiers, 40 Days and 40 Nights, Monsoon Wedding, and Wendigo. Charles Solomon, animation critic of amazon.com pays tribute to the late animation director Chuck Jones and gives his take on the Academy Award nominations for Best Short Film, both animated and live action. The critics also share their reactions to the Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress.
The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high. Also, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals reset the stakes and created a new test for whether interns should be paid. Then, the long 4th of July weekend is upon us. There’s no better time to get in your car and go somewhere. But where?
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says he will block enforcement of new measures that make it easier to dismantle homeless encampments. Also, Covered California will collect data on prescriptions, doctor visits and hospital stays, a move that has stirred serious concerns about data protection and privacy. Then, has hitchhiking become obsolete in today’s America?
The Supreme Court is now slated to revisit the issue of mandatory union fees for non-union members. Also, Gov. Jerry Brown today signed into law one of the toughest school vaccine restrictions in the country. Then, the Los Angeles district attorney announced Monday that a team of veteran prosecutors will begin reviewing wrongful conviction claims from state prisoners who present new evidence of their innocence.
Reviews of the week's new movies, interviews with filmmakers, and discussion.
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