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.
Trump's proposed budget doesn't include federal funding for the West Coast earthquake early warning system project - what's the future of the project?; on the eve of Memorial Day weekend, we want to hear your stories of loved ones who served; plus, in the wake of Roger Moore's death, we want to hear about your favorite James Bond iteration; and more.
AirTalk dives into a decades-old debate to extend the 710 freeway before Metro votes today on a proposal that would scrap the idea. We'll also take a look at what Gov. Brown's budget means for the future CalPERS; what makes a successful business partnership?; a refresher on the Paris Accord; and more.
AirTalk debates an amendment proposed yesterday to diminish the UC system's autonomy, with changes that would allow the Legislature to fund the UC Office of the President and take away the UC president's voting rights. We also discuss new technology being used to test drivers for marijuana use across the state, the uptick in Americans working over 65, and more.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell stops by AirTalk's studios for his regular check-in; an update on former CIA director John Brennan's testimony today; a partisan analysis of Trump's new budget plan; debating a new state bill that would implement sliding-scale traffic fines for low-income drivers; and more.
Reviews of the week's new movies, interviews with filmmakers, and discussion.
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