Larry Mantle discusses the death of Saddam's sons Uday and Qusay Hussein in a fierce firefight with a U.S. special operations unit in the city of Mosul. What will this mean for the future of Iraq? Larry talks with Michael Weisskopf, senior correspondent for Time magazine, and Dr. Lewis Snider, Associate Professor of Political Science at the School of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University.
Larry Mantle talks with UC San Diego Neurosciences Professor Eric Courchesne, the author of a revealing new study on autism. The study finds that many autistic children show unusual brain growth patterns in infancy. The findings suggest that autism is a disease present in individuals before birth. The findings also suggest that children may benefit from autism treatments much earlier than previously thought. Larry Mantle also talks with Portia Iversen, parent of child with autism and co-founder of "Cure Autism Now," a non-profit organization in Los Angeles that funds research on autism.
Star teacher Rafe Esquith joins host Larry Mantle to discuss his voyage through the LA public school system. Esquith's classroom at Hobart Elementary School defies expectations for students coming from a violent and poor area of Los Angeles. His students score in the nation's top ten percent of standardized tests; they go on to study at Ivy League schools. Rafe's students read Ibsen, Shakespeare and Chekhov. They perform Shakespeare, do art, and listen to classical music as well as rock 'n' roll. Rafe Esquith joins Larry to talk about what it takes to so inspire and motivate his students in today's public school system, and about his book There Are No Shortcuts: How an Inner City Teacher - Winner of the American Teacher Award - Inspires His Students and Challenges Us to Rethink the Way We Educate Our Children.
Larry Mantle speaks with officials from The Friends of the Levitt Pavilion, a non-profit organization that has renovated the historic 1930 Band Shell in Old Pasadena's Memorial Park. Friends of the Levitt Pavilion will host a free series of concerts through September 14th. Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch, Vice President, The Friends of The Levitt Pavilion, and Barbosa Polverini, Co-Chair of The Friends of the Levitt Pavilion, join Larry to talk about the Band Shell renovation and the concert series.