Contact: Producers Karen Fritsche & Jasmin Tuffaha
SCHEDULE FOR AIRTALK WITH LARRY MANTLE
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
Patt Morrison sits in for Larry
(Break at 11:19)
Topic: Will Britain really withdraw from the European Union? The European Union (EU) was established to unite the continent of Europe, but now the EU may be losing membership from one of the region’s most influential nations, The United Kingdom of Great Britain (UK). Hostility toward the EU among the British is on the rise and some government officials, including UK Independence Party councilor Peter Reeve, are calling for the country to cut ties with the EU before the alliance transforms into a Soviet Union type regime. European leaders have recently proposed increasing the EU budget, which is funded by member states, but UK Prime Minister David Cameron of the Conservative Party has pushed back against this proposal, saying it would be “picking the pockets” of British taxpayers. Moreover, with member state Greece still bogged down in economic turmoil, some insist that the EU is dragging the UK’s economy down with it. Others in the UK are concerned about the limits of the EU’s legal, judicial and health-and-safety regulations that trump British laws. What is the underlying cause of tension between the EU and the UK? Is British policy different enough from the rest of Europe to warrant a withdrawal from the EU? How would British withdrawal from the EU impact the United States?
Guest: Andrew Gumbel, British journalist for the Guardian and the Independent
Guest: Nicholas Cull, professor of Public Diplomacy and Director of the Masters Program in Public Diplomacy, USC
12:06 – 12:26:30
12:26:49 - 12:39
Topic: Joe Mozingo chronicles the ‘Mozingo’ name from Jamestown slave to KKK members “The Fiddler on Pantico Run” is author Joe Mozingo’s quest to discover the origins of his father’s family, and the shocking discoveries he made along the way. After initially believing that Mozingo was a French or Basque name, a college professor suggested that it was most likely of African origins. This came as a shock to the blue eyed, very Caucasian Mozingo, but spawned a search for his family’s origins. Eventually, Mozingo was able to trace his ancestry back to Edward Mozingo, an African slave brought to Jamestown in 1644, who eventually earned his freedom and married a white woman. The discovery of Edward Mozingo, however, is only the beginning of the family history laid out in The Fiddler on Pantico Run. Joe Mozingo searches for Edward’s roots in Africa, but also traces how the family evolved in America from Edward’s initial mixed race marriage. Mozingo meets distant relatives all over the country, some white, some black, some somewhere in between, all with distinct family histories. Some had become abolitionists during the Civil War period, while others had fought for the Confederacy and joined the KKK. To this day, some remained open about race, while others still harbored a blatantly racist worldview. Through all of these discoveries within his own family, Mozingo’s book paints a masterful portrait of America’s tenuous racial past, and complicated racial future.
Guest: Joe Mozingo, author of “The Fiddler on Pantico Run: An African Warrior, His White Descendents, A Search For Family” (Free Press)
Topic: An in-depth look at the King of Pop: “Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson” is a biography of the ‘King of Pop’ with unprecedented insight. Acclaimed journalist Randall Sullivan’s latest work paints an in-depth portrait of Michael Jackson sourced from previously inaccessible material – access to those who were closest to Jackson in life and in business. Sullivan’s biography delves into Jackson’s mysterious final years and scandals from his past, in what the Los Angeles Times calls the “first deep-dive narrative” on the star’s life and death. “Untouchable” offers a more significant, evaluative look at Jackson’s childhood abuse, pedophilia allegations, personal relationships, and professional decisions. Finally, Jackson’s famous mask has been partially lifted.
Guest: Randall Sullivan, author of Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson (Grove Press); contributing editor to both Rolling Stone and Men's Journal