AirTalk for June 6, 2008

LAUSD Teacher Walk-Out

LAUSD teachers protested proposed state budget cuts for education by holding a one-hour walk-out this morning at the beginning of the school day. Preliminary reports indicate that tens of thousands of teachers and thousands of parents walked the picket lines. L.A. Unified planned to have administrators and staff watch the students while the teachers were outside of their classrooms. Larry gets an update from KPCC reporters Brian Watt and Adolfo Guzman-Lopez who spent the morning at various schools in the district. Other guests include A.J. Duffy, President of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), and David Holmquist, the Chief Operating Officer of the LAUSD.

Karen Bass

Larry Mantle talks with the new Speaker of the California Assembly, Karen Bass about her speakership, the state budget and her Inaugural Ceremony at Los Angeles Trade Tech College's Grand Theater today. She is the first woman and first African American woman to serve in the position. Karen Bass has represented Los Angeles' 47th Assembly District since 2005.

RFK Assassination - 40 Years Later

Robert Kennedy gave his final speech, about unity and change, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968. He was shot that evening and died the next day. The assassination came after his brother's and Martin Luther King's assassinations. People at the time wondered if this had become a grim paradigm of American politics: anybody who tried to change the status quo would be met with bullets. On the 40th anniversary of Robert Kennedy's death, Larry asks KPCC's listeners where they were, how it changed them, and what the tragedy means today.

Documentary Filmmaking

Larry and a panel of documentary filmmakers and watchers talk about how the techniques of reality story telling have changed over the years. They also explore the different intents of documentary filmmakers. Guests include FilmWeek critic, Wade Major, and documentary filmmakers Terry Sanders, Patrick Creadon, and A.J. Schnack.

FilmWeek Reviews

Larry and critics Wade Major, of boxoffice.com and CityBeat, Claudia Puig, of USAToday, and Charles Solomon, of amazon.com review some of the week's new feature films including Kung Fu Panda, You Don't Mess With the Zohan, When Did You Last See Your Father?, and Mongol.
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