Ari Saperstein

Apprentice News Clerk, AirTalk

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Ari Saperstein is an Apprentice News Clerk for AirTalk and FilmWeek.

In addition to working for KPCC, Ari produces videos for a documentary company. He graduated from Pitzer College with a degree in Media Studies and Art. Previously, he worked at KSPC 88.7 in Claremont, CA.

Outside of the office, Ari spends his free time exploring the great outdoors and making art. As an editorial illustrator, his work has appeared in the AARP Magazine, Gothamist and Longreads.

An avid traveler, Ari has been to six continents and dreams of making it to seven by going to Antarctica before it melts.

Stories by Ari Saperstein

A Show That Demands Close Listening

The TV series "This Close" is returned for it's second season on Thursday September 12th. We spoke with the creators of the show.

Kayaking In Hollywood: Dispatches From The LA River

Picture this: Water flowing down a stream, wildlife frolicking and 50 feet away, rush hour traffic piling up on the five. This is the L.A. River— 51 miles of water that cuts through nearly all of Los Angeles County, starting in Canoga Park and heading down to Long Beach.

Cut From The Same Cloth: How Directors’ Cuts Compare To Theatrically Released Edits

Just like in the story of Goldilocks, it took director Francis Ford Coppola three tries to find the edit of “Apocalypse Now” that was just right.

Trading Laughs For Gasps: Comedians Who’ve Shed Their Funny Personas For Dramatic Roles

In this week’s new film “The Farewell”, comedian Awkwafina steps away from her comic persona and plays a complex, three-dimensional character.

Shall I Compare Thee To A Feature Film? From ‘West Side Story’ to ‘Romeo + Juliet’, We Discuss The Most Iconic Shakespeare Film Adaptations

“To be, or not to be: that is the question” -- as posed by Lawrence Olivier, Kenneth Branagh and Ethan Hawke in various film adaptations of “Hamlet”.

From ‘Fight Club’ To ‘The Matrix’, 1999 Might Just Be The Best Movie Year Ever

What was the best year ever for film?

After The Box Office Failure Of ‘Dark Phoenix,’ We Look Back At Hollywood’s Biggest Flops

When “Dark Phoenix” opened last week, it defied expectations – by doing significantly worse than anyone had predicted.

NASA Allows Private Business To Use International Space Station

NASA announced Friday that it will open the International Space Station to private astronauts, with the first visit as early as next year.

Remembering D-Day And The Americans Who Fought In WWII

Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, with nations around the world reflecting on the bravery and sacrifice of Allied troops that stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6th 1944.

SAT To Issue 'Adversity Score' To Students Based On Social And Economic Background

The College Board, the nonprofit group that oversees the SAT, announced it will administer an “adversity score” to each student who takes the SAT exam.

Hollywood Black and the Silver Screen: A history of African-American actors and filmmakers

Author Donald Bogle’s new book, Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers, tells the history of African-Americans in cinema, both in front of the camera and behind it.

Has your view of USC changed in light of its recent scandals?

It’s been nearly two years since the Los Angeles Times revealed the drug-fueled secret life of USC’s former medical school dean, but scandals involving the elite private university only continue to surface.

How much is too much? Court rules that intersex runner Caster Semanya must take hormone-supression drugs to compete as a woman

The sports world's highest court ruled Wednesday that Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya and other female runners like her with unusually high testosterone must take medication to reduce their levels of the male sex hormone if they want to compete in certain events.

From bankruptcy to billions: How Marvel Studios came to dominate Hollywood in only a decade

When Marvel Studios first released “Iron Man” back in 2008, they could have never guessed that a little over 10 years later, their interconnected series of films would come to dominate the global box office.

As SCOTUS takes up question of LGBTQ discrimination protections for employees, we walk through the legal arguments

For years, courts around the country have been split about whether or not LGBT people are protected from workplace discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Amendment.