AirTalk for October 2, 2009

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Letterman: sex, lies and blackmail

It’s the water cooler conversation of the day – last night, CBS’s Late Show host David Letterman confessed to having sex with female employees, thwarting an extortionist in the process. Did Dave’s confession show character? Or flaws? Was it sexual harassment or consensual sex?
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Richard Dawkins on evolution

Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species" was published in 1859. Its basic idea--that life evolved by survival of the fittest through natural selection--has long been accepted as scientific fact. And yet, a 2008 Gallup poll showed that 44 percent of Americans believe God created man in his present form within the last 10,000 years. In his new book, "The Greatest Show on Earth: the Evidence for Evolution" ethologist, evolutionary biologist and writer Richard Dawkins sets out to debunk "intelligent design" and other versions of creationism, by sifting through the layers upon layers of scientific evidence for national selection.
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Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan of and Wade Major of discuss the week’s new film releases including The Invention of Lying, Zombieland, Whip It!, A Serious Man, Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, A Beautiful Life, My Fuhrer: The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler, More Than A Game, In Search of Beethoven, and The Providence Effect. The critics will also weigh in on the arrest of filmmaker Roman Polanski.
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Inventing LA: The Chandlers and their times

Larry Mantle talks with Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Peter Jones about his new documentary, “Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times” that takes a look at the influential family behind the L.A. Times and the birth of Los Angeles.
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WEB BONUS: Oxy student redefines campus cuisine

For most of us, dorm food conjures up bland memories of mystery meat and mushy pasta. That’s exactly why Saul Sutcher, a junior at Occidental College, starting whipping up dishes like duck confit, pancetta-wrapped quail and butter-poached lobster tails for fellow students. Café Norris, a student run café in Oxy’s Norris Hall, was born. What’s on the menu this semester?
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