AirTalk for September 1, 2009

EXTRA HOUR: 9am fire update

Larry Mantle covers the latest developments on the wildfires in Southern California. First, he gets an update from KPCC's reporters. Next, he gets an official fire assessment from LA County's fire captain. Larry looks into the measures in place for animals caught in the fire, and examines the decision by some homeowners to ignore evacuation orders and stay behind. Finally, an update on weather conditions. Share your stories with KPCC by phone (866) 893-5722, and online.

10am fire update

Larry gets the latest from KPCC reporters on the scene and opens the phones to hear from listeners impacted by the fires. Share your stories with KPCC by phone (866) 893-5722, and online.

Fire history

Where does the Station Fire fit in with the history of wildfires in Southern California? Larry talks with an expert from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Raising extraordinary children

Precocity, prodigy, genius—extraordinary children are born that way, right? Not so, says Rafe Esquith, of Hobart Elementary School in Koreatown. Called "The Best Classroom Teacher in America" in the Washington Post, Mr. Esquith has turned his attention to educating parents in his new book, "Lighting Their Fires: Raising Extraordinary Children in a Mixed-up, Muddled-up, Shook-up World." Larry Mantle finds out what parents can do to light up their children's minds.

11am fire update

Larry Mantle checks in with KPCC reporters Molly Peterson and Brian Watt, live on the scene of Southern California's ongoing blazes. Share your stories with us by phone (866) 893-5722, and online.

OC Register bankrupt! and Mt. Wilson Observatory update

First, in breaking news, the publisher of the Orange County Register, Freedom Communications, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Then, Larry Mantle checks in on conditions at the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory. Take a look at the images from UCLA's Mt. Wilson webcam here, or its mirror here.

Fire coverage on television

Mary McNamara is the Los Angeles Times television critic and a resident of La Crescenta. After years of observing how disasters are covered on TV, she was disappointed at how few images she could find of the fires, despite having been evacuated this weekend. You can find her critique of television coverage of the Station Fire here.

The long fight for Cuba

Rum and revolution intertwine in Tom Gjelten's new book, "Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: The Biography of a Cause." Following the winds of change as Bacardi goes from bartender to alcohol dynasty, Gjelton explores the political role of some of Cuba's most lush expatriates. Larry Mantle talks with Gjelton about the Bacardi family's impact on equal parts mojito and revolución.
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