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.
President-elect Trump's EPA nominee Scott Pruitt faced questions about California's right to tougher auto emission regulations during his confirmation hearing; we debate President Obama's decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence; and we remember the 44th President of the United States on his final day in office.
Abortion rates are at an all time low since Roe v. Wade - advocates debate why; investigators of South Korea's presidential scandal are requesting a warrant to arrest Samsung heir - we discuss the latest details; after 146 years, Ringling Bros. will cancel "The Greatest Show On Earth" this year; and more.
On MLK day, AirTalk is here to round up the latest in politics, including a preview of what's set to take place at Friday's much anticipated inauguration; we'll also hear from Southern Californians heading to D.C. with tickets for the big day - will they be supporting or protesting President-elect Trump?; and we look back on our debate about outgoing President Barack Obama's legacy.
Reviews of the week's new movies, interviews with filmmakers, and discussion.
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