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.
Six California legislators introduced a bill that would prohibit law enforcement from helping federal drug agents arrest and investigate marijuana license holders in the state - we hear the debate from proposing and opposing sides. We also cover the latest on today's healthcare vote, yesterday's special education SCOTUS ruling; and more.
On Tuesday Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti expanded Special Order 40, the LAPD's ban on stopping people suspected of living in the country illegally, to now apply to the Fire Department, Airport Police and Port Police. How has Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) responded? We also cover the Sierra snowpack overload and concerns of flooding; and more.
This year, California adopted the ‘right-to-try’ law, which lets terminally ill patients access experimental therapies that haven’t been fully approved by the FDA - we debate the pros and cons. We also cover day two of Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings; the impact of video games on male adolescent careers; and more.
Senate confirmation hearings are underway for President Trump's pick to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat, which has been vacant for more than a year. Will partisan politics block Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination? We also cover the latest on FBI Director James Comey's Russia investigations statements; how to handle bullying as a parent; and more.
Reviews of the week's new movies, interviews with filmmakers, and discussion.
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