Larry Mantle talks with journalist and author William McGowan about his new book, Coloring the News (Encounter Books), that examines the diversity issue in newsrooms. McGowan asserts that the push to make newsrooms more diverse was well intentioned, but has made American journalism weaker. Also joining the discussion is Laura Castaneda, assistant professor of journalism at USC's Annenberg School for Communication, who contests McGowan's premise.
Larry Mantle and critics F.X. Feeney of the L.A. Weekly and Jean Oppenheimer of Screen International discuss new film releases from the last two weeks. This week's selections are Changing Lanes, The Sweetest Thing, Frailty, The Cat's Meow, The Other Side of Heaven, Human Nature, The Piano Teacher, New Best Friend, Quo Valdis, and the French film Time Out. Last week's releases are Amadeus, the Directors Cut, High Crimes, and Teddy Bear's Picnic. Larry and the critics had a chance to discuss some of the more notable video releases from the past two weeks, both good and bad.
We discuss the disturbing video footage of a North Hollywood man kidnapping a woman in broad daylight and potential bystander apathy; the year-to-year increase in unruly passenger behavior on airplanes; what Prop HHH would mean for LA's homeless; plus, maybe the secret to marriage is not marriage at all - but cohabiting?
We take a look at each candidate's strategy and prep as they gear up for tonight's debate; airlines are seeking to limit the types of service animals allowed on planes but disability rights advocates are pushing back; Long Beach has proposed a new general tax to local businesses that distribute marijuana - some wonder if it could be a bellwether; Plus, we dive into the new venues added to L.A.'s Olympic bid.
We talk about the charges facing the Tulsa Police Officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man last Friday, as well as the rhetoric surrounding recent police shootings; SoCal vehicle registration fees may be hiked in an effort to pay for smog reduction programs – how much are you willing to pay to meet mandated emission cuts?; plus KPCC film critics join Larry Mantle to talk about the week’s newest releases, and we pay tribute to the late Curtis Hanson.
Protests have continued in Charlotte over the police shooting of a black man on Tuesday – the police chief said he plans to show the video of the shooting to the man’s family but not to the public – we bring you the latest developments; a new proposal to make L.A. an autonomous transit city by 2035 – what will it take?; and we look at how race and class are intertwined, and the implications for SoCal.
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