AirTalk for October 13, 2009

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When it rains...

Weather warnings abound and residents pile sandbags, awaiting today's estimated 4 inches of rain. Larry Mantle gets the latest weather information in canyons burned in the Station fire as homeowners hope to avoid debris flows and property damage.
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710 freeway--the missing link?

Among the bills vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger over the weekend was a plan to prohibit any above-ground extension of I-710 between Alhambra and the 210 freeway. Residents of South Pasadena and commuters have long battled over the route. As the debate rages on, we ask, time to tunnel? Hurry up and finish the surface highway? Larry Mantle takes listener calls.
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Color explosion

The printmaking technique of lithography gained popularity in the 19th century as a process faster and cheaper than copper engraving or woodblock printing. When color lithography was introduced, it spread posters, books and sheet music to the masses. The vivid illustrations made possible by color lithography also gave rise to product branding and advertising. Jay T. Last holds the largest private collection of color lithography in America, and is donating it to The Huntington Library, which will showcase a selection beginning October 17. Larry Mantle discusses The Huntington's new exhibit "The Color Explosion: Nineteenth-Century American Lithography from the Jay T. Last Collection."
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Cheerleading: a dangerous contact sport?

Modern cheerleading is more than just pom-poms and megaphones. From grade school to college, many cheerleading squads use daredevil stunts in their routines, and the practice is raising safety concerns. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were 30,000 cheerleading injuries in 2008 that resulted in trips to the emergency room. In fact, it may be more dangerous than football. What should be done to make cheerleading safer?
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Future of faith

Harvey Cox is here. The Harvard Professor Emeritus of Divinity offers a new interpretation of the history and future of religion – namely, that the era of rigid sectarianism is over. He joins Larry Mantle to discuss his landmark analysis of why Christian beliefs and dogma are giving way to new grassroots movements rooted in social justice and spiritual experience.
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