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.
President Obama has secured enough votes to protect the Iran nuclear deal. Also, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is now refusing to issue marriage licenses entirely, to avoid having to issue one to a gay or lesbian couple. Then, without solitary confinement, how will California prisons control gang members?
Pope Francis will allow priests to forgive women who've had abortions. Also, in his first bid for the U.S. presidency, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee won eight states and the Iowa Caucuses. How is Huckabee’s campaign different this time around? Then, 18-year-old Michelle Carter is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge for allegedly convincing her former boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to kill himself last summer.
On the day that LAPD lapel cameras make their debut, we talk about the ratcheting-up of tensions between cops and activists. Also, the AP is bringing legal action against the FBI after a sting operation that involved impersonating an AP journalist and creating a false AP news story as part of a sting operation. Then, how has the tone of immigration debate changed over the decades? All that and more, on today's AirTalk.
On Monday, the LAPD rolls out the first batch of its brand new officer body cameras. Also, rents here are the most unaffordable in the nation and there are tens of thousands of homeless. There is a program out there that’s supposed to help people who can’t afford homes - Section 8. Then, for us mere mortals, there are four seasons in the year. For Hollywood, there’s a fifth -- Awards Season.
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