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.
AirTalk takes your calls after the Dodgers clinched the National League Championship Series last night, sending them to the World Series for the first time since 1988. We also debate a new bill Gov. Brown signed this week that will allow Californians to get a gender-neutral birth certificate as soon as 2018; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.
As of yesterday, the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act has seen renewed life. We delve into details of the bill, which hopes to add 191,000 acres to the Santa Monica Mountains, and inquire into the potential pushback from local communities. We also explain tips for earthquake preparedness; converse with author Jessica Bruder on her latest book "Nomadland"; and more.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck joins Larry for his monthly check-in with the next steps regarding the LAPD’s drone policies after its one-year pilot program was approved yesterday. We also debate a proposal to ban items like pepper spray and gas masks at Los Angeles protests; sit down with the Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka ahead of tomorrow’s season opener against the Clippers; and more.
San Francisco assemblyman Phil Ting has proposed a bill that would ban gas or diesel-fueled cars by 2040. Though Ting's bill sounds extreme, auto makers have long expressed a decreased interest in diesel cars, sparking a debate on whether lawmakers are falling behind on industry trends. We also get the latest on Raqqa and its political future; explore the roles of power lines in California wildfires; and more.
Reviews of the week's new movies, interviews with filmmakers, and discussion.
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