Eight current and former Bell city officials were arrested this morning, charged with misappropriation of $5.5 million in public funds stemming from the city’s ongoing salary scandal. L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley held a press conference where he announced the arrests and charges filed against former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo and seven other Bell officials. AirTalk host Larry Mantle spoke with KPCC’s own Frank Stoltze, who was at the press conference, and Richard Winton, a reporter from the LA Times who has been covering the story.
This year’s fall television season kicked off last night. Five new shows premiered including Lone Star, Mike and Molly, Hawaii Five-O, The Event and Chase. There are seven shows back for more, including House, How I Met Your Mother, Rules of Engagement, and Two and a Half Men. TV critic Brian Lowry joins us with preliminary ratings on what’s hot and what’s not.
It’s the second day of FDA hearings regarding the marketing of genetically engineered Atlantic salmon. If approval is given this will be the first time the government allows modified animals to turn up on our nation’s dinner tables. AquaBounty insists its product is safe and environmentally sustainable, but critics worry that it can cause allergies in humans and the eventual decimation of the wild salmon population.
In her new book The Warmth of Others Suns, Isabel Wilkerson, the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism, chronicles the decades-long migration of African-Americans from the South to the North and the West from World War I through the 1070s. These migrants were the silent actors in a movement of profound racial and social change in America, surviving brutal circumstances that predate the benefits of the Civil Right Movement. Drawing on archival material and over 1,200 interviews, Wilkerson traces the lives of three individuals and their families from their beginnings in the South to their decision to leave their home and seek a better life in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Jazz legend Buddy Collette died Sunday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center at the age of 89. Collette was a jazz saxophonist, flautist and band leader who fought for the rights of African American musicians. He was also integral to educating and supporting young Jazz musicians. Larry discusses the music, life and legacy of Buddy Collette.