Friday, March 22, 2013

updated AirTalk for Friday, March 22, 2013

Contact: Producers Joel Patterson, Jasmin Tuffaha, Anny Celsi & Allen Williams



Friday, March 22, 2013


11:06 –11:20

Topic: Colorado killings: The complex case involving the deaths of a chief of Colorado prisons and a pizza delivery man is under investigation. The suspect, Evan Spencer Ebel, was a Colorado parolee who was killed in a shootout with Texas police. Various news organizations are reporting that Ebel belonged to a white supremacist prison gang call the 211 Crew. Today on the show, we’ll look at the 211s and also other white supremacist organizations operating in US prisons.


Guest:  Pete Simi, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska and co-author with Robert Futrell of American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement’s the Hidden Spaces of Hate (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2010)


Carla Hill, investigator and researcher for the Anti-Defamation League. One area of your research focuses on domestic extremists in America.


11:20 -11:40

Topic: More chaos surrounding the Bell jury: The Bell corruption trial has reached new levels of abnormality after Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy declared a mistrial yesterday. Kennedy said “all hell had broken loose” due to a jury that was divided on the verdicts reached thus far. Furthermore, several jurors expressed their concern via anonymous notes to the judge after rendering the verdicts received thus far. Still, nearly half the counts have not been decided yet, and this impasse represents an extreme rarity in the legal world. While the developments certainly indicate a boon to defense attorneys trying to mount a challenge to the delivered verdicts, experts feel that since the jury deliberated and decided, there’s no precedent for overturning them. The case moving forward with the undecided counts is less clear, and the defense is reluctant to show their cards given former Bell administrator Robert Rizzo’s upcoming trial; Rizzo is thought to be the mastermind behind the corruption scandal. So what’s next? And why is this case so bereft with jury problems? What was going on in the deliberation room?

Guest: Corina Knoll, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times covering the Bell corruption trial

Guest: Richard Gabriel, trial consultant for Decision Analysis, co-author of “Jury Selection: Strategy & Science," just worked with the Department of Justice on the Kwame Kilpatrick corruption trial in Detroit



Topic: West Hollywood apartment complex designed to attract “creative types”: The Los Angeles Times recently reported that two new apartment buildings will go up soon in West Hollywood, named the Dylan and the Huxley. The idea behind these new developments is to cater to young people who don’t live the traditional 9-to-5 lifestyle, but who work from home and hope to find the sense of community we envision when we think of bohemian loft living and sharing physical space as well as wifi passwords. The idea of selling the idea of a way to live isn’t a new one. A generation ago, suburbs sprang up all over the country filled with identical stucco and tile “McMansions” equipped with massive dining rooms, designed and built to cater to a desire to project a certain image and live a certain lifestyle. And if these buildings in WeHo are an indicator of the next wave of building and marketing a lifestyle, we have to wonder: are they getting it right? Are developers able to instantly create a sense of being by simply replacing the no-longer-necessary dining room with an office? Can we buy the community we inspire to, or is that just a dream? And finally, Would Dylan Thomas and Aldous Huxley approve?

Guest: Mike Leipart, chief marketing officer at The Agency, a Beverly Hills real estate agency

Guest: Amitai Etzioni, founder and director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at George Washington University in Washington DC

12:06 – 12:40

Topic:FilmWeek: Olympus Has Fallen, Admission, Everybody Has a Plan, and more: Guest host Patt Morrison and KPCC film critics Andy Klein, Lael Loewenstein, and Charles Solomon review this week’s new releases, including Olympus Has Fallen, Admission, Everybody Has a Plan, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!



Andy Klein, film critic for KPCC and the L.A. Times Community Papers chain


Lael Loewenstein, film critic for KPCC and Variety


Charles Solomon, film critic and animation historian for KPCC, author for


12:40 – 1:00

Topic: David Mamet and HBO’s “Phil Spector”: You’re won’t find a more diverse and prolific list of credits than that of David Mamet’s: Glengarry Glen Ross, About Last Night, Hoffa, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and Wag The Dog are just a few examples of his willingness to embrace controversial topics with style and substance. This time around he takes on the weirdness that was the Phil Spector trial for HBO. Mamet has said that the film, starring Academy Award winners Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, is a “work of fiction.” Fiction or not, the portrayal of the iconic “Wall of Sound” producer who was famous for pulling guns on musicians well before he was famous for his eccentric headwear is already drawing attention. Critics have praised Pacino for his portrayal of Spector and the dynamic between Pacino and Mirren, who plays Spector’s defense lawyer. Writer and Director David Mamet joins AirTalk to talk about the inspiration for this film, why he chose to depict Spector’s personal side in such a way, and the relationship between Spector and his lawyer that drives the movie. Does a fictionalized account of the Phil Spector trial sound interesting? And for that matter, what is the line between fact and fiction when telling the story of a life recklessly lived?

Guest: David Mamet, writer and director of HBO’s “Phil Spector” that premieres Sunday


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