Thursday, April 28, 2011

RE: AirTalk for Friday, 04/29/11

Contact: Producers Linda Othenin-Girard, Roger Rudick and Karen Fritsche




Friday, April 29, 2011




AirTalk is produced by Senior Producer Linda Othenin-Girard, and producers Karen Fritsche, Katie Sprenger and Jasmin Tuffaha with help with week from Anny Celsi. Engineer Justice Levinthol directs the program.  Our invaluable interns are Joe Armstrong and Allen Williams.


10:06 – 10:20


10:20 – 10:40

Topic: Bill to dissolve city of Vernon is approved by state assembly:

For over 100 years, the tiny city of Vernon, tucked away in a pocket below the 10 freeway, has served as a small, business-friendly enclave.  Founded by Basque merchant John Leonis and run almost continually by the Leonis family since then, Vernon’s low utility, insurance and tax rates have attracted many of California’s family-owned businesses, including Simply Fresh Fruit, Tapatio Hot Sauce and the city’s largest employer, Farmer John Meat Co.  In just over 5 square miles, Vernon generates $343 million annually in state and local tax revenues.  But in recent years, the criminal indictments of three of the city’s top officials have brought to light decades of corruption, insider dealings and lavish spending by Vernon’s ruling class.  Now, in an unprecedented move, California’s state Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a bill to dissolve the city charter of any city of less than 150 residents – and guess what?  Vernon, with a resident population of 96, is the only one.  Assembly Speaker John Perez, the bill’s author, contends that in a city with so few voters, there is no real accountability for government activity and thus ample opportunity for corruption. Business owners in Vernon are up in arms, saying the move would damage the city’s unique business climate -- and perhaps drive them out of the state altogether. 


Guest: John Perez, (PARE-ez) Assembly Speaker (D-Los Angeles), author of AB 46


Guest:  Marisa Olguin, (OLE-geen) President and CEO of the Vernon Chamber of Commerce


10:40 – 10:50

Topic: The Royal Romance!  Prince William and, now the Duchess, Kate Middleton were married today in the grandest affair the British monarchy has seen in 30 years.   Westminster Abbey was surrounded by crowds of well-wishers – all vying for a look at the dress, which we’ve all seen now. We know the details of the vows. And who did and did not shed happy tears. Patt Morrison, KPCC's resident royal wedding expert, joins Larry to guide us through the momentous event that took place this morning starting at 2:00 am.


Guest:  Patt Morrison, host of Patt Morrison on KPCC

In Studio


10:50 –11:00


Topic: Playboy Jazz:


Guest:  Justo Almario, master saxophonist , flutist, clarinetist, composer, and arranger.  His style is a fusion of Jazz, South American, and other world rhythms. Mr. Almario’s sounds have been heard in Grammy Award winning works such as Linda Ronstadt’s “Frenesi,” Placido Domingo’s “A Mi Alma Latina,” Luis Miguel’s “Romance,” Andrae Crouch’s “Mercy,” and Isreal Lopez Cachao’s “Master Sessions” & “Ahora Si;” as well as the Oscar winning soundtracks from Happy Feet, Sideways and the recently released 3D animated film Rio.


Guest:  Tamir Hendelman, Award-winning jazz pianist who has performed with the Jeff Hamilton Trio, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Harry Allen, Teddy Edwards, Warren Vache, Houston Person, Jeff Clayton, Nick Brignola, Phil Upchurch, Rickey Woodard, John Clayton and Barbara Morrison. He also leads his own trio and his debut CD "Playground" features him in this trio setting.


NOTE:  Both artists will be playing at the Playboy Jazz Festival's free community concert at the Beverly Hills Civic Center on May 1st. The concert will start at 3:30 p.m. with Tamir Hendelman opening the show, followed by Justo Almario's Afro Colombian Ensemble.


11:06 –11:30 

FilmWeek: KPCC film critics Peter Rainer, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Fast Five, 13 Assassins, Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil, Cave of Forgotten Dreams and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

: Claudia Puig, film critic for USA Today

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: Peter Rainer, film critic for Christian Science Monitor

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Guest: Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and

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Guest: Charles Solomon, film critic for KPCC and

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11:40 –12:00 

Topic:  Schickel on Scorcese:  Martin Scorsese has forever enriched American cinema with films like Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ, Kundun, The Departed, The Aviator and Shutter Island. Film critic Richard Schickel sat down with Scorsese for a series of conversations that illuminate his phenomenal filmmaking career, from his first movie Who’s That Knocking at My Door in 1967 to last year’s Shutter Island. Schickel’s interviews guide us through Scorsese’s life and work, how he escaped the realities of Little Italy in the 1950s and became the man whose encyclopedic knowledge of film shaped his artistic ambition.   Scorsese reveals which films have been forays into unknown territory and which films are the most autobiographical.  He talks about his documentaries, his influences and his lesser-known movies, and those already considered to be classics. And he discusses what being a lifelong student of film has taught him about all aspects of filmmaking.

Guest: Richard Schickel, author of Conversations with Scorcese (Alfred A. Knopf) Schikel is a film critic, filmmaker, and movie historian who has written more than thirty-five books, including Clint Eastwood: A Biography and The Disney Version. He now reviews movies at

In studio                                             


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