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.
What comes next for President Obama's immigration plan; analysts debate the utility of the #NoBillNoBreak sit-in; Plus, it seems for every major gun violence tragedy, a new gun control group is formed, making that side's fight against a seemingly monolithic-NRA all the more challenging - we'll hear from several gun control groups about why they resist consolidating.
L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer is going after four landlords for illegally renting their apartment units as short-term rentals - a look at both sides. Then Paso Robles' Justin Winery is in trouble after cutting down hundreds of old oak trees on its property to make room for more vineyards - can they rehab their rep? Plus, 60 percent of kids between the ages of 3 and 8 have had imaginary friends - two psychologists explain the latest research behind the phenomenon
Reviews of the week's new movies, interviews with filmmakers, and discussion.
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