AirTalk for June 9, 2006

How Political Can Charter Schools Be?

KABC radio host Doug McIntyre has accused the El Sereno Charter School, Academia Semillas del Pueblo, of having a separatist philosophy that excludes children of non-Mexican origin from applying. LA Unified's chief legal counsel says district officials have found nothing racist or discriminatory during a preliminary visit to the school last week. But the question remains: How political can a charter school be?

Future of the Southwest Museum

Like many aging beauties in the Southland, LA's oldest museum is getting a facelift. Beginning June 30, the Autry National Center's historic Southwest Museum, which dates back to 1914, will undergo three and a half years of repairs. It sounds like good news, but some neighbors and activists fear the museum may never reopen. The first of five public hearings on the subject took place last night. Larry talks with museum advocate Eliot Sekular and John Gray, Executive Director and CEO, Gene Autry Museum, about the museum's future.

World Cup Primer

The World Cup soccer tournament is under way in Germany, where the host country is taking on Costa Rica in the opening match. Today's second game has Ecuador facing Poland. Larry gets a primer on the month-long competition from Elliott Almond of the San Jose Mercury News.


Larry Mantle and critics Ella Taylor of the L.A. Weekly, Henry Sheehan of, and Charles Solomon, animation critic for, discuss this week's new releases, including Cars, The Omen, A Prairie Home Companion, The King, The Long Weekend, The Whore's Son, Autumn, and The Heart of the Game.
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