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.
One year has passed since 14 people were killed in the San Bernardino terrorist attack – we look at the tactical response, the community one year later and what life’s been like for Muslims since; plus, Larry and KPCC film critics review the week’s latest releases, including ‘Jackie,’ ‘Man Down’ and more on FilmWeek.
Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Xavier Becerra as California’s next Attorney general – we look at the implications, as well as who will fill Becerra’s seat in the House; North Dakota’s governor has set Dec. 5 as the eviction date for Access Pipeline protesters – we dive into the competing interests and historical context of the land; what is the future of the death penalty in CA?; plus, we analyze the politics of Black Republicans.
We analyze the pros and cons of hunting mountain lion P45 after it slaughtered 10 pet alpacas belonging to a Malibu resident; why Pasadena City College Trustees might ban themselves from speaking to media without permission from the board president; the debate on what to do with California's massive number of dead trees; plus, could a stress vaccine actually work?
Critic of the Affordable Care Act and Georgia Rep. Tom Price is Trump’s pick to lead the Dept. of Health and Human Services – we look at what that means for Obamacare; how libel lawsuits can be weaponized against the media in the age of Trump; plus, the CA State Bar has proposed a ban on lawyers having sex with clients – we debate the proposal.
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