AirTalk for August 15, 2002

News Coverage of Recent Kidnappings and Abductions

From the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart and the kidnapping and murder of Samantha Runnion, to the abduction and rape of two local teenagers, and on and on, news of kidnappings has permeated every media outlet. Larry Mantle takes listener calls about the news coverage of recent child kidnappings and abductions. Have the media gone too far?

West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus has spread to 35 states so far this year, and infected nearly 100 people. How dangerous is the West Nile Virus, when might it reach California, and what's being done to prevent an "outbreak?" Larry Mantle talks with UC Davis Researcher Bill Reisen and State of California biologist Stan Husted.

The Politics of Deviance

Larry Mantle talks with sociologist Anne Hendershott about her new book, The Politics of Deviance (Encounter Books), which examines why certain behaviors once considered deviant (e.g. drug abuse, promiscuity, etc.) are now accepted as normal.
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