Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Airtalk for Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Contact: Producers Karen Fritsche & Jasmin Tuffaha




Wednesday, December 12, 2012

11:06 –11:30



11:30 -12:00 – (NOTE: Patt Morrison joins us for one segment)
Topic: Patt Morrison asks the chief, LAPD’s Charlie Beck: It’s time for Ask the Chief, your opportunity to put your law and order questions to top cop Chief Charlie Beck. Patt gets the latest on how the department is dealing with accusations of racial profiling, the challenge of expanding the department to 10,000 officers amid budget cuts, and how Mayor Villaraigosa’s new city ID card law will impact crime among illegal immigrants. Chief Beck will also discuss the murder cases at an Echo Park Church in November, and the quadruple homicide in Northridge just a week and a half ago.Looking to the future, Chief Beck will analyze evolving policing policies in Skid Row, as well as the impact of Prop 36 on prison populations and crime rates. And as always, you can ask the Chief your questions as well.

Guest: Charlie Beck, Los Angeles Police Department Chief   
IN STUDIO                           

12:06 – 12:30

12:30 – 12:40 -- (TAPING AT 10AM)
Topic: Randy Newman muses about being inducted in the Rock Hall of Fame: Piano man Randy Newman is being inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame, it was announced yesterday, along with the likes of Quincy Jones, Lou Adler and Donna Summer. The induction ceremony will be on April 18 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The event will be open to the public and will air as an HBO special on May 18. We’ll talk with the famously funny and multi-talented singer, songwriter about this latest accolade and whatever else the man wants to talk about, because that’s just the way he rolls.

Randy Newman is a songwriter, singer, pianist, and composer. His solo albums span six decades and include 12 Songs, Sail Away, Good Old Boys, Harps & Angels, and the current Randy Newman Songbook series. Newman began scoring films in the 1980s, with movies such as The Natural, Awakenings, Ragtime, Toy Story 1, 2 & 3, Seabiscuit, James and the Giant Peach, and A Bug’s Life. He has been recognized with six Grammys, three Emmys, and two Academy Awards. Newman is on the Board of Councilors for the USC Thornton School of Music.


Topic: SAG awards unveiled: Awards season officially kicked off this morning (WED) with the release of the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations. We’ll get the scoop on who got the nods and who got snubbed. On Thursday, the awards announcements will keep coming, with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe nominations. What best movies and performances of the year are topping the lists? What do we know now about who’s most likely to take home Oscar gold when the red carpet is rolled out this coming February? (BLURB TO BE UPDATED WITH RESULTS IN AM)

Guest: Glenn Whipp, entertainment reporter for the Los Angeles Times, writes the Times’ Gold Standard, on everything award season

Topic: Santa’s pipe censored by Vancouver librarian: A Vancouver librarian has come out with a “p.c.” version of a Christmastime favorite, the classic children’s poem “Twas The Night Before Christmas,” published in 1823 and generally attributed to Clement Clarke Moore. The self-published author of the edited version, Pamela McColl, removed lines referring to Santa’s pipe from the holiday tale and included a letter from Santa saying that he’d kicked the habit. McColl’s edition’s cover proudly claims that it has been edited “by Santa Claus for the benefit of children of the 21st century.” McColl’s edit is already getting some backlash from the American Library Association.  Deputy director for intellectual freedom Deborah Caldwell-Stone likened the rewrite to the much maligned censorship of “Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain scholar Alan Gribben. Is McColl’s version f “Twas The Night” in line with 21st century ideals? Does it matter whether or not Santa smokes a pipe? Is there a way to teach children about the dangers of smoking without altering a classic?

Guest: Pamela McColl (mc-CALL), publisher “Twas the Night Before Christmas, edited by Santa Claus”

Guest: Deborah Caldwell-Stone, deputy director, American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom




Karen X Fritsche
Senior Producer, AirTalk with Larry Mantle
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AirTalk is Best Talk & Public Affairs Program, LA Press Club 2011; host Larry Mantle is SPJ/LA's Distinguished Radio Journalist of the Year 2011