Many studies have suggested that violence in the media contributes to violent behavior in individuals, but the author of the new book Killing Monsters (Basic Books) argues that super heroes and make-believe violence actually serve an important role in the emotional development of children. Larry Mantle talks with author Gerard Jones about this fascinating and controversial perspective.
Larry Mantle and critics Andy Klein of New Times L.A. and Peter Rainer of New York Magazine discuss this week's new film releases, including Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, About a Boy, The Mystic Masseur, The Believer, Les Destinees, Janice Beard, and someBody. Also, Henry Sheehan of Fresh Air joins us via telephone from France to talk about the Cannes Film Festival. Larry and the critics also discussed some of the video releases of the week, including From Hell and The Others.
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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