AirTalk for May 14, 2010

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Governor Schwarzenegger’s May revise

It’s budget crunch time again. The May revision of the budget hit desks today, and the cuts, as usual, are not pretty. Larry Mantle previews the Governor’s announcement today, as Sacramento sets about closing an estimated $19-22 billion budget shortfall. Schwarzenegger may propose eliminating California’s Healthy Families program, and will shift 15,000 non-violent felons from state prisons to local jails. He is not expected to announce any new taxes. Are cuts to programs fair and fiscally responsible? How would you plug the budget hole?
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Homeboy Industries in financial trouble

The Los Angeles gang intervention and job training agency Homeboy Industries laid off 300 workers yesterday due to financial constraints. Started by Jesuit priest Gregory Boyle over 20 years ago, the organization has offered former gang members counseling services, job training, and tattoo removal, as well as employment in its own bakery and café, maintenance services, and a silkscreen shop. Larry Mantle talks with Father Boyle about the current situation for Homeboy Industries and what lies ahead for its programs.
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Jimmy Webb's songs are some of the most performed and beloved in popular music. In a career of over 40 years, a range of artists made his tunes such as "Wichita Lineman," "Up, Up, and Away," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," and "MacArthur Park" into chart-topping hits. He's also the only person ever to receive Grammy awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration. This month Jimmy Webb and singer Thelma Houston will perform at an event to benefit the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park- the same place that inspired Webb's famous song. Larry talks with Jimmy Webb about his influential work.
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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 Robin Hood, Letters to Juliet, Just Wright, Princess Kaiulani, The Complete Metropolis, and The Thorn in the Heart.
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2010 Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival opened this week in France. Is it still the influential festival it once was? Larry Mantle talks with L.A. Times staff writer, John Horn about the backroom business deals on and off the red carpet at Cannes.
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Preserving classic films

Larry talks with Roger Mayer, who has spent over 50 years in the film industry, a true pioneer, who has made it his mission to preserve classic films, particularly silent ones. He will also talk with Larry about the Silent Film Gala.
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