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.
Is LA Mayor Eric Garcetti looking at a presidential run in 2020? AirTalk parses through the speculations and hears how Angelenos react to the idea. We also debate CVS’ new policy limiting opioid prescriptions for certain conditions in the midst of the national opioid crisis; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.
This Sunday marks the beginning of UC Berkeley's "Free Speech Week," and the conservative line-up of speakers is straining campus tensions. We explore the history of Berkeley's relationship with free speech as well as how its administrators are responding to the current climate. We also check in on the status of the Affordable Care Act; discuss Cal State's retraction of remedial courses; and more.
The cost of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion plan to build two water tunnels to central and Southern California continues to spark debate, and AirTalk gives a comprehensive review of the plan, its supporters, and its critics. We also provide updates on the Mexico earthquake and Hurricane Maria; speak with LA’s Chief of Police Charlie Beck; and more.
AirTalk provides a recap of Trump's speech at the U.N. this morning, where he expressed noteably aggressive rhetoric regarding North Korea and Iran. We also dive into the details of LA Metro's plan to launch its own ridesharing service; talk to a psychologist whose new study shows teenagers are in no rush to grow up; and more.
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