GUEST HOST IS DAVID LAZARUS FROM THE L.A. TIMES
1:06 – 1:39 - OPEN
1:41:30 – 1:58:30
The state that made film and TV great continues to hemorrhage production jobs
How long will it take before the Hollywood exodus is complete? Los Angeles has been losing film industry jobs for years, but recent data about the number of television dramas produced in the city has raised new concerns. According to the Los Angeles Times, only two of the twenty-three new shows this fall will be shot in Los Angeles County, which means a loss of approximately 20,000 jobs and hundreds of thousands of dollars in income. In 2005, 80% of network dramas were based in L.A.; this year, only 10%. While plenty of half-hour comedies and reality shows are still shot here, it’s hour-long dramas that industry insiders consider the real prize, due to their bigger budgets, crews, and eight- to nine-month shooting schedules. Is there something city officials can do to help the hemorrhaging? What are the potential long-term effects on the city and the state if the business is lost permanently? And what do we lose culturally when the state that made film and TV great no longer has any influence?
Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Councilmember, 13th district
Kevin Klowden, director of the California Center at the Milken Institute
2:06 – 2:30
In God we trust? Atheism in America has increased fivefold in seven years
The belief in God, or gods, is changing over time and some new research show the practice in decline. According to a new poll by WIN-Gallup International the percentage of Americans who identify as “religious” dropped 13 points - from 73 to 60 percent since 2005. The number of Americans who identify as atheists jumped from one percent to five percent in the same period. The poll posed the same question to 50,000 people in 57 countries and five continents: “Irrespective of whether you attend a place of worship or not, would you say you are a religious person, not a religious person, or a convinced atheist?” Critics of the study say that the changes took place too rapidly to be taken seriously; for example, Ireland saw a decline of 22 percent in just seven years – the second biggest drop and only a point behind Vietnam’s 23-point dip. Although 60 percent of Americans still consider themselves to be religious atheism has been getting a lot of headlines since the last time the poll was conducted 2005. Authors like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and the late Christopher Hitchens have sold a lot of books that indicted religion’s benevolence and a ‘Reason Rally’ in Washington D.C. drew thousands of nonbelievers to the National Mall on a rainy Saturday in late March. So what accounts for the shift? Are human beings losing their need for God or have they just lost their way?
Daniel C. Dennett, professor of philosophy and co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University
Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based organization that promotes the constitutional principle of separation of state and church and to educates the public on matters relating to nontheism
2:30 – 2:39 - OPEN
2:30 – 3:00
Do we brag more because of social media?
Why does it always seem like all of your Facebook friends are doing something more interesting than you are? Social networking was supposed to allow us to stay connected to our loved ones, but more recently it seems like the online trend is less about connecting and more about... bragging? It might not be social media’s fault, however - a difficult economy, a competitive job market and the daily pressures to excel make it clear that people must do well and show others their success. But at what point does demonstrating success become braggadocio? Does the freedom of the Internet make it easier to fall into the showboating pattern?
Elizabeth Bernstein, writer of the Bonds column for the Wall Street Journal, where she explores human interactions at home, at work, and among friends
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