AirTalk for January 29, 2010

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Proposition 83, better known as Jessica’s Law, is facing scrutiny by the California Supreme Court. The Court will consider whether harsher punishment for sex crimes violates the Constitutional right to equal protection. The 2006 ballot measure prohibits convicted sex offenders from living near parks and schools, imposes higher fines, and permits indefinite confinement for sexually violent criminals. Should sex criminals be subject to indefinite confinement, even after serving their prison sentence? Does Jessica’s Law deter sexual violence?
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GDP up 5.7% at the end of 2009

In the final months of 2009, the U.S. gross domestic product grew 5.7%, much faster than expected. Larry Mantle talks with the Washington Post's Neil Irwin about what the numbers portend for economic recovery.
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John Eastman leaves Chapman

John Eastman announced that he is resigning as dean of Chapman University School of Law, where he has served since 2007, to join the race for state attorney general. He'll be competing for the Republican nomination against Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley and state Senator Tom Harman of Huntington Beach. Eastman talks with Larry Mantle about his decision.
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It’s hard to believe it was only three months ago that LA’s top cop, William Bratton, left to work in the private security sector in New York. On Monday, his latest venture, Altegrity Risk International kicks off, with Bratton as chairman and former City Councilman Jack Weiss running the Los Angeles office. Larry talks with Bratton about his new gig and what he does and doesn’t miss about LA (the weather & the traffic).
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Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Wade Major of and Claudia Puig of USA Today discuss the week’s new film releases including Edge of Darkness, When In Rome, Fish Tank, Saint John of Las Vegas, 3 Idiots, and A Town Called Panic. Larry also talks with KPCC film critic Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor, who has just returned from The Sundance Film Festival.
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Irving Thalberg: Hollywood's producer prince

Producer Irving Thalberg was called the Boy Wonder of Hollywood. By age 20 he ran Universal Pictures, and at age 24 he co-founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His status was so large, in fact, that F. Scott Fitzgerald used Thalberg as the inspiration for the main character in his unfinished novel The Last Tycoon. In Mark Vieira's new biography, the author profiles the legendary producer behind films including Mutiny on the Bounty, Grand Hotel, and The Good Earth, but who died of pneumonia at age 37. Larry Mantle talks with Vieira about the man who launched the careers of Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, and wife Norma Shearer.
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