AirTalk for June 10, 2011

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That’s one description of the redistricting of California’s Senate, Assembly and congressional districts: The group of citizens charged with redrawing California’s district lines is slated to release its first draft maps today. The 14-member California Citizens Redistricting Commission, established by voters under Proposition 11 in 2008, has convened more than 20 public hearings as part if its effort to draw the new legislative and congressional district boundaries. The commission has until mid-August to turn in the final drafts. But we’ll take a look at the new lines and their implications. Might they reduce political gridlock, as hoped? How will incumbents and candidates be impacted?
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Love, captivity and survival in an Iranian prison

In 2009, journalist Maziar Bahari kissed his pregnant wife goodbye and left his home in London for Iran. Bahari, an Iranian-born journalist, documentary filmmaker and human rights activist, had been sent by Newsweek to cover the presidential election between popular progressive candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi and incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadenijad. But upon landing, he was immediately seized by the paramilitary Revolutionary Guards and arrested under the false charge of espionage. Bahari’s new book is the harrowing account of his 118 days of imprisonment in a six-by-twelve foot cell and brutal interrogation at the hands of the Guards. Ironically, his father and sister had both shared a similar fate – his father was incarcerated and tortured in the 1950’s under the Shah, and his sister under Ayatollah Khomeini in the 1980’s. It was thoughts of their strength, as well the desire to see his unborn child, that inspired Bahari throughout his long ordeal. Much more than a prison account, Then They Came for Me is both a family saga told against the backdrop of Iran’s volatile modern political history and a brilliant insight into the future of the country.
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KPCC film critics Andy Klein and Tim Cogshell join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Super 8, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Bride Flight, The Trip, Viva Riva, Just Like Us and more. TGI-FilmWeek!
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