AirTalk for December 3, 2012

The federal government has less than one month until the United States falls off the so-called “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax hikes and deep spending cuts, which will occur on January 1 unless Congress agrees on a strategy to avoid the potential economic calamity.
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LAUSD's John Deasy and UTLA president Warren Fletcher join the show to discuss their tentative agreement to use of student test scores in teacher evaluations.
Far From the Tree
Extraordinary children often lead difficult lives when they are so different that they are unable to feel accepted by society. As they grow older, their differences tend to define them and become cornerstones of their identities. Andrew Solomon, the gay son of heterosexual parents, learned this through personal experience and has now authored a book, “Far From the Tree,” about the parent-child dynamic of different kinds of exceptional children and the prejudices they face.
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Happy 20th birthday, text messaging

How do you do your mobile messaging? Can the text message hold onto its youth, or will it be eclipsed by other modes of communication?
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Boomer families take in aging parents, adult children, grandchildren and sometimes all three. A Pew research study this year noted that over 50 million Americans are living in multigenerational homes, a 10 % increase over 2007.
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Alexandre Desplat composed scores for “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Argo,” “Rust and Bone,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” and “Rise of the Guardians.”
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