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.
Planned Parenthood is under fire after the release of two videos that bring to light its practices surrounding fetal tissue donations. Also, consumer advocates are asking California Attorney General Kamala Harris to look into record-high oil industry profits this year. Then, San Francisco now has nine public walls covered with a repellent paint that makes pee spray back on the person's shoes and pants.
Anthem Inc. announced this morning a deal to buy Cigna Corp for $54.2 billion, creating the largest health insurer in the nation by the number of members. Also, nearly two-thirds of roads in the Los Angeles and Orange County area are in poor condition. Then, in an effort to mitigate food waste, a company, Imperfect Produce, is selling produce with an off color, strange shape or unusual size. Would you buy it?
A task force led by L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacey is releasing a roadmap for reducing L.A.'s ever-growing number of mentally ill jail inmates, and diverting those who need it into treatment. Also, more children are ditching their board games and barbies for digital screens with apps on an iPad, video games or TV. Then, a new study published in the journal “Psychological Bulletin” has disproved a long-held wisdom in the advertising industry: that sex and violence sell.
If need be, the City Council can now call for limiting outdoor watering to just two days a week, down from the current allocation of three days a week. Also, AT&T’s nearly $49 billion purchase of DirecTV is on its way to approval, which would make it the largest cable or satellite provider. Then, with work seemingly taking up more and more of our day, knowing how to make the most of your down time is paramount.
Reviews of the week's new movies, interviews with filmmakers, and discussion.
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